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October 2019
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CMS proposes giving Medicare patients better access to cutting-edge devices

Editor's Note In its proposed rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) would give Medicare patients better access to innovative devices beginning next year, the July 30 MassDevice reports. CMS also says it might pay more for “certain transformative new devices” for inpatients, using a new technology add-on…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 1, 2019
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Preop opioid score not linked to adverse outcomes after spine surgery

Editor's Note NarxCare, an opioid-use score based on state prescription databases, is not associated with adverse outcomes or patient satisfaction after elective spine surgery, this study finds. Multivariate logistic regression analysis of 346 elective spine surgery patients did not find statistically significant odds of experiencing adverse events, readmissions, reoperations, and…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 31, 2019
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CMS maintains site-neutral cuts in 2020 proposed rule

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on July 29 issued the 2020 proposed payment rule for ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs), which would increase Medicare hospital outpatient prospective payment system rates by 2.7%. CMS is also proposing to add eight codes to…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 31, 2019
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Coffee lets colorectal surgery patients recover, go home faster

Editor's Note Postoperative coffee intake after elective laparoscopic colorectal resection leads to a faster recovery of bowel function and decreases hospital length of stay, this study from Switzerland finds. A total of 115 patients were randomly assigned to the intervention group (56) receiving coffee or the control group (59) receiving…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 30, 2019
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US News publishes 2019-2020 top hospitals list

Editor's Note The US News & World Report on July 30 released its 2019-2020 Best Hospitals Honor Roll. The top five are: Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore Cleveland Clinic New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia and Cornell, New York City. In the specialty rankings: University of…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 30, 2019
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Bling vs. Benefits: Key Considerations for New Technology Acquisition

After this session you'll be able to: Describe strategies to streamline purchasing considerations for new technology. Explain key components essential for clinical and business justification for purchasing of new cutting-edge technologies. Discuss common barriers and successful solutions for new technology purchases. Why this is important: Groundbreaking technologies are often multifaceted,…

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Hospitals with more BSNs linked to better cardiac arrest outcomes

Editor's Note Hospitals with more nurses who have bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degrees have better outcomes for patients after cardiac arrest, this study finds. For the study, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, analyzed data from the American Heart Association’s Get with the Guidelines-Resuscitation registry, RN4CAST-US hospital…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 29, 2019
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AI helps Aetna resolve claims overnight

Editor's Note Health insurer Aetna has created an artificial intelligence (AI) software to settle insurance claims−a development that could lead to automation of other processes and free up staff to focus on higher-level tasks, the July 25 CIO reports. Aetna estimates the software, which is able to resolve claims overnight…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 29, 2019
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Changes in hospital referral patterns to skilled nursing facilities under HRRP

Editor's Note The Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP), which penalizes hospitals for higher-than-expected readmission rates, did not prompt substantial changes in hospital referral patterns to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), this study finds. However, readmissions for patients referred to SNFs decreased more than for other patients. In this analysis of nearly…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 24, 2019
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Legal and ethical questions temper excitement about AI--Part 2

As part of a special series on artificial intelligence (AI), OR Manager is taking a deep dive into the many facets of this new technology and its impact on patient care. In this issue we continue our examination of the challenges related to AI, which began in last month’s issue…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
July 24, 2019
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Are you prepared for the OR of the Future?

Innovative technology and surgical procedures, including artificial intelligence, will be explored in depth during the OR Manager Conference, September 18-20 in New Orleans. The new OR of the Future gives attendees a unique opportunity to learn through interactive experiences, educational sessions, and discussions with leading experts: product manufacturers as well…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
July 24, 2019
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You may also be interested in these sessions at the OR Manager Conference this September in Nashville, TN

New Manager Boot Camp: Managing Money and Projects

After this session you'll be able to: Identify tools for development of capital, operating and staff budgets. Explain the requirements for management of contracts and contract services. Develop plans for management of projects. Why this is important: Both financial and project management are core competencies for OR leaders - ones…

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