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The Joint Commission announces new search site for SUD treatment providers

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on February 1 announced a new search site that is available for finding Joint Commission-accredited organizations that provide substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and the levels of care they provide. Individuals seeking care, providers, state authorities, and payers can search by organization name or location…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 3, 2023
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More anesthesiology residency positions may help with staffing costs, workforce shortages

Editor's Note Adding more anesthesiology residency positions, even without federal funding, may help hospitals save staffing costs and address shortages of anesthesia personnel, finds a study presented January 27 at the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ ADVANCE 2023, in Orlando, Florida. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center compared the…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 1, 2023
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FDA: Addition to Class I recall of LivaNova LifeSPARC System Controller

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on January 27 posted an addition to the Class I recall by LivaNova (TandemLife) of its LifeSPARC System Controller. The addition to the recall provides information about a software update now available to address the previous software malfunction and recall. The System…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 30, 2023
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FDA: Class I recall of Datascope/Getinge Cardiosave Hybrid, Rescue IABPs

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on January 25 identified the recall by Datascope/Gettinge of its Cardiosave Hybrid and Rescue Intra-Aortic Balloon Pumps (IABPs) as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because of the risk that blood may enter the pump through a damaged balloon…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 26, 2023
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Effect of telehealth on opioid use disorder treatment

Editor's Note This study by researchers from Harvard Medical School, Boston, finds that telehealth is a comparable alternative to in-person care of patients with opioid use disorder (OUD). This cohort study analyzed data on 1,768 clinicians who treated 11,801 patients with OUD via telehealth visits during COVID-19 prepandemic (March 14,…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 26, 2023
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5 more organizations opening, expanding nursing programs

Editor's Note Five more organizations are launching or expanding nursing programs, the January 20 Becker’s Hospital Review reports. Marian University School of Nursing, Indianapolis, and Ascension St. Vincent are partnering to address nursing shortages in Indiana. University of Phoenix College of Nursing is offering a Master of Science in Nursing…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 24, 2023
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Metaverse company to help roll out VR surgery simulation

Editor's Note Metaverse company, Ubitus K.K., will help Smart Surgery Technology roll out Sim Surgery – a VR surgery simulation application, reports January 5 Healthcare Purchasing News. Sim Surgery will be an affordable and more available solution addressing the growing need for medical students and physicians to gain ample surgical…

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By: Bridget Brown
January 5, 2023
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Comparison of postop opioids prescribed by APCs vs surgeons

Editor's Note This study from the University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, finds that postoperative opioid prescriptions written by advanced practice clinicians (APCs), defined as nurse practitioners and physician assistants, had higher total dosages compared with those written by surgeons. A total of 628,197 surgical procedures involving 581,387 adults…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 4, 2023
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The Joint Commission is eliminating licensed independent practitioner term

Editor's Note The Joint Commission announced on December 14 that it will be eliminating the term “licensed independent practitioner” from its critical access hospital and hospital programs, effective February 19, 2023. The updated terminology is consistent with that used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Conditions of Participation…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 15, 2022
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Trends in clinician burnout during COVID-19

Editor's Note This study led by researchers from Hennepin Healthcare, Minneapolis, Minnesota, finds that clinician burnout and intent to leave increased throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, but rose sharply in late 2021. In this survey study of 20,627 US clinicians (physicians, residents, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants) in 120 large healthcare…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 5, 2022
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