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House passes year-end bill that repeals ACA taxes including medical device tax

Editor's Note The US House of Representatives on December 17 passed a year-end spending bill that repeals several Affordable Care Act (ACA) taxes, including the 40% tax on generous health insurance plans and the 2.3% tax on the sale of medical devices, the December 17 Reuters reports. The bill also…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 18, 2019
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CMS expects greater scrutiny from Joint Commission surveyors

The start of a new year includes OR Manager’s annual updates on Joint Commission standards—an effort to help OR leaders ensure their facilities are in compliance. With increasingly stringent expectations from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Joint Commission and other accreditation organizations are under pressure to…

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By: OR Manager
December 17, 2019
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Providing cost-benefit analysis for ERAS-related solutions

Enhanced Recovery After Surgery The implementation of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) is based on the concept of organizing care around the patient, addressing medical condition needs to optimize readiness for surgery and reducing the likelihood of postoperative complications. Efficacy is measured by how well we perform according to these…

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By: OR Manager
December 17, 2019
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To avoid penalties, know the rules for quality reporting

Keeping up with Medicare’s regulatory and reporting requirements for ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) can be as difficult as ensuring physicians arrive to start their cases on time. “Regulations can change frequently,” says Gina Throneberry, MBA, RN, CASC, CNOR, director of education and clinical affairs for the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association…

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By: OR Manager
December 17, 2019
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AI and surgical decision making

Editor's Note Integrating artificial intelligence (AI) with surgical decision making could transform care by augmenting the decision to perform surgery, informed consent process, identification and mitigation of modifiable risk factors, decisions on postoperative management, and shared decision for resource use, this review finds. Surgical decision making involves hypothetical-deductive reasoning, individual…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 11, 2019
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AI helps physicians identify cancer cells

Editor's Note Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas have developed a new software tool that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to recognize cancer cells from digital pathology images, a December 9 UT Southwestern news release reports. The spatial distribution of different types of cells can reveal a cancer’s growth…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 11, 2019
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Partners HealthCare renamed

Editor's Note Partners HealthCare, the largest healthcare system in Massachusetts has been renamed Mass General Brigham, the November 27 Boston Business Journal reports. The new name also comes with a new 5-year plan for the 12-hospital system. The Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital are the top two largest…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 9, 2019
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Hospital employment up in November

Editor's Note Employment in US hospitals was up 9,900 jobs in November to a seasonally adjusted 5,283,200, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on December 6. That’s up 94,300 more employees than a year ago. Overall, healthcare employment has increased 414,200 in the past year. The overall unemployment rate fell…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 9, 2019
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Data-use practices linked to successful implementation of ERPs

Editor's Note In this study, the most important data-use practice associated with successful implementation of enhanced recovery pathways (ERPs) was data feedback to frontline providers of process and outcome measures. Of 140 hospitals analyzed, 52% reported previous ERP implementation, with wide variations in data-use practices. Feedback of process and outcome…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 2, 2019
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Hospital-based care coordination strategies linked to CMS star ratings

Editor's Note Care coordination strategies were found to be associated with high overall hospital quality star ratings from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in this study. A total of 710 general acute care noncritical access hospitals that received star ratings and responded to the 2015 American Hospital…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 21, 2019
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