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Joint Commission evaluating revisions to USP General Chapter <797>

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on June 12 announced that it is reviewing the United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) revisions to its General Chapter <797> Pharmaceutical Compounding−Sterile Preparations. The Joint Commission is evaluating the effect of the revisions on its accredited organizations and plans to issue guidance and updated survey…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 13, 2019
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Hospital staffing models associated with failure to rescue rates

Editor's Note Hospitals with low failure to rescue (FTR) rates had significantly more staffing resources than hospitals with high FTR rates, this study finds. In this analysis of 44,567 surgical patients in the Michigan Quality Surgical Collaborative, hospital FTR rates across low, middle and high tertiles were 8.9%, 16.5%, and…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 13, 2019
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Missouri hospitals report all-time-high employee turnover

Editor's Note Missouri hospitals reported an all-time-high employee turnover rate of 19.5% this year in a report released by the Missouri Hospital Association (MHA). Among the positions with the highest turnover rates: sterile processing technicians, 20.4% surgical technicians, 16.0% staff nurses, 15.2% physician assistants, 15.2%. Hospitals and other stakeholders are…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 13, 2019
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Hospital employment up 3,000 jobs in May

Editor's Note US hospitals added 3,000 jobs in May to a seasonally adjusted 5,231,600, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported June 7. That’s up 103,100 more employees than a year ago. Overall, healthcare employment has increased 390,500 in the past year. The overall unemployment rate remained at a 50-year low…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 11, 2019
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Association of changes to Hospital Readmission Reduction Program with changes in penalties

Editor's Note Stratification of hospitals in Medicare’s Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP) was associated with a significant shift in hospital penalties for excess readmissions, this study finds. Beginning in FY 2019, Medicare is stratifying hospitals into five peer groups based on the proportions of each hospital’s patient population that is…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 4, 2019
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DHS releases action guide for healthcare facilities on active shooter incidents

Editor's Note The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued an action guide for active shooter incidents specifically for hospitals and healthcare facilities. The action guide includes potential indicators of an individual who may become an active shooter. It also gives recommendations for staff on what they should do if…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 21, 2019
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Performance on patient safety measures linked to hospital financial performance

Editor's Note Hospitals that perform better on measures to prevent postoperative complications also have better performance on measures of profitability, this study finds. Improved patient safety performance was associated with higher net patient revenue for five of seven Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) measures, including starting and stopping preventive antibiotics…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 16, 2019
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Leapfrog Group: More than 160,000 preventable deaths occur in hospitals each year

Editor's Note A study published May 15 by the Leapfrog Group finds that more than 160,000 preventable deaths occur in US hospitals annually, a decline of about 56,000 from 3 years ago. The Leapfrog Group uses hospital performance on 16 patient safety measures to assign hospital grades. Of the 2,620…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 16, 2019
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Effect of ACA on ED visits, hospital discharges

Editor's Note Though emergency department (ED) visits and hospital discharges by uninsured patients decreased after implementation of the Affordable Care Act, 1 in 10 ED visits and 1 in 20 hospital discharges were still made by uninsured patients from 2014 to 2016, this study finds.   There were 1.4 million…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 6, 2019
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Diabetics have higher risks for readmissions, mortality

Editor's Note Patients with diabetes who had low blood glucose values during the last day of hospitalization had higher rates of 30-day readmission and post discharge mortality, this study finds. Examining 843,978 admissions to the VA health care system over a 14-year period, researchers found that  patients with diabetes who…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 1, 2019
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