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October 2021
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Healthcare employment falls in September

Editor's Note Overall healthcare employment in the US was down in September to a seasonally adjusted 15,968,400 workers, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on October 8. That’s down 17, 500 since August. Hospital employment also fell by 8,100 jobs. The overall unemployment rate fell to 4.8 %.

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By: Judy Mathias
October 11, 2021
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ECRI announces winners of annual supply chain award

Editor's Note ECRI, on October 6, announced the winners of its tenth annual Healthcare Supply Chain Achievement Award. This year, ECRI recognizes 12 US healthcare systems for achieving excellence in overall spend management and adopting best practice solutions into their supply chain process. The winners are: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 7, 2021
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Changes in hospital-acquired conditions, mortality after HACRP

Editor's Note In this study, researchers from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, find that hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) targeted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program (HACRP) declined after the program was announced, but 30-day mortality was unchanged. The analysis included 8,857,877 Medicare beneficiaries…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 6, 2021
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Effect of interruptions in Medicare patient treatment during COVID-19 on physicians, practices

Editor's Note This study from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Minneapolis, and Harvard Medical School, Boston, finds that practice interruptions in the treatment of Medicare patients spiked in April 2020, and interruption-without-return rates were larger for older physicians. In this analysis of 547,849 physicians billing Medicare: Practice…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 21, 2021
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Survey: Dips in job satisfaction, engagement may relate to pandemic

Over the past year, job satisfaction of OR leaders as well as staff and physician engagement have all eroded, according to the 2021 OR Manager Salary/Career Survey.Although more than two-thirds (67%) of respondents rate their current jobs or positions favorably, that is down from the 77% seen in 2020 and…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
September 21, 2021
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Retaining nurses in a post-pandemic era--Part 2

Even as vaccination rates rise, COVID-19 continues its grip on the healthcare system and nurses are feeling the consequences, including staffing challenges that have prompted a renewed focus on retention. Scars left by the pandemic will complicate retention efforts. “The pandemic has made things much worse, not only for the…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
September 21, 2021
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OR Manager of the Year shows leadership in smart policy

Mary Anne Douglas, MS, RN, CNOR, the 2021 OR Manager of the Year, has a daily routine: she spends about 15 to 20 minutes every morning catching up on pandemic- and healthcare-related news that might help her stay dynamic and innovative in her field. Evidence of her inspired work is…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
September 21, 2021
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How might telehealth alter approaches to surgical patient care?

Telehealth services grew exponentially in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Overall telehealth utilization for office visits and outpatient care was 78 times higher in April 2020 than in February 2020, according to a McKinsey & Company July 2021 report. Since then, telehealth utilization has stabilized at levels that…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
September 21, 2021
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Act now to address predicted gaps in anesthesiology coverage

Perioperative services leaders have their hands full with a range of pressing issues, from the return of elective case cancellations to new struggles with staff turnover. However, an even bigger problem is flying under the radar for many hospitals—impending changes in the market for anesthesiology services. Several factors are coming…

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By: Joshua Miller, MD, Thomas Blasco, MD, MS and Kartik Bhatt, MPH
September 21, 2021
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Survey: Most ASC leaders plan to stay the course after pandemic

Consistency is the word that comes to mind when reviewing results from the 2021 OR Manager Salary/Career Survey. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, leaders in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) reported that salary, satisfaction, and the number of employees supervised were comparable to metrics reported in 2020. The good news is that…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
September 21, 2021
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