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July 2022
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Healthcare employment up in May

Editor's Note Overall healthcare employment in the US was up in May to a seasonally adjusted 16,267,900 workers, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on June 3. That’s up 28,300 since April. Hospital employment also was up by 16,300 jobs. The overall unemployment rate for May was 3.6%, for a…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 6, 2022
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Joint Commission-accredited ASCs report increased return on investment

Editor's Note The Joint Commission reported on June 1 that a new independent study of 161 Joint Commission-accredited ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) finds that for each dollar invested in accreditation, an organization has that dollar returned along with an additional $6.28 in benefits. Key areas of financial return include: Revenue,…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 2, 2022
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Collateral damage of COVID-19 on CV services

Editor's Note This systematic review and meta-analysis led by researchers in the UK finds that across the world, cardiovascular (CV) services were severely disrupted, and as a result cardiac disease is expected to worsen, and repercussions will be felt for years to come. This analysis spans 2 years (2020 to…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 1, 2022
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Occurrence, transmission of asymptomatic vs symptomatic COVID-19 infections

Editor's Note Based on this update of a systematic review and meta-analysis of 130 studies, led by researchers from the University of Bern, Switzerland, most COVID-19 infections were not persistently asymptomatic, and asymptomatic infections were less infectious than symptomatic infections. Because of variability among studies, the meta-analysis did not calculate…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 31, 2022
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US COVID-19 cases to rise through June

Editor's Note Modeling suggests that COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths will rise through at least mid-June, as the Omicron subvariants BA.2 and BA.2.12.1 spread through the US, the May 31 Becker’s Hospital Review reports. Three COVID-19 forecasts to watch, include: Cases. Daily cases are projected to increase more than 84%…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 31, 2022
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Criteria executives consider when investing in digital health

Editor's Note Some hospitals and health systems are scaling up their telehealth initiatives and have established venture funds to invest in digital health innovations. Four health system executives with venture funds spoke to Becker’s Hospital Review May 24 about what “criteria they look for” and/or consider before investing in digital…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
May 24, 2022
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Stuart Downs: Finding power in meaningful recognition

All leaders at some point in their careers should find ways to reward and recognize their staff. But what most leaders fail to grasp is, the heart behind the reward is immediately apparent and matters almost as much as the reward itself. Stuart Downs, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CENP, CPHQ, FACHE,…

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By: Amy Bethel, MPA, BSN, RN, NE-BC
May 24, 2022
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Five things to ask distributors about ASCs

While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve with impacts shifting over time, some of the changes it brought to healthcare—specifically the OR—may be permanent. One trend it accelerated: the rise in new ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), which specialize in elective or same-day outpatient surgical procedures. While this trend was largely…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
May 24, 2022
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Association of COVID-19 with disparities in access to major surgery

Editor's Note This study, led by researchers from the University of Rochester (NY) School of Medicine, finds that the early response to the COVID-19 pandemic did not increase disparities in access to major surgical procedures. Of 3,470,905 adults hospitalized for major surgical procedures at 719 facilities between January 1, 2018,…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 23, 2022
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Session: Leadership roundtable panel

Editor's Note In this wrap-up roundtable discussion, members of the conference planning committee Hazel Boyd, MBA, clinical operations manager at Boston Children’s Hospital; Sheila Stein, MSN, FNP, CNS, CNOR, robotics coordinator at Cayuga Medical Center; and Denise Waslo, MSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM, NE-BC, director of perioperative services at Long Island…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
May 18, 2022
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