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February 2022

Widening of racial, socioeconomic healthcare gap for organ transplant patients during COVID-19

Editor's Note This study led by researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, finds that although COVID-19’s effect on access to liver transplantation has been all-pervasive, minorities have been disproportionately affected—especially those with public insurance. During the initial wave of COVID-19, organ transplantation was classified as a…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 16, 2021
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Maintaining a productive OR as cases shift to ASCs

The migration of surgical procedures from hospital ORs to hospital-owned ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) is picking up speed. According to a recent survey, three-quarters of larger hospitals now have an ownership stake in more than one ASC. Two-thirds of US health systems are currently planning to increase their ASC investment.…

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By: Leslie Basham, MBA, Thomas Blasco, MD, MS, Brian Watha, MHSA, Anne Cole, RN, MSN, CNOR and Joan Dentler
August 19, 2021
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Medicaid expansion reduces uninsured surgical hospitalizations, financial burden

Editor's Note This study from Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, finds that Medicaid expansion was associated with a reduction in uninsured surgical hospitalizations. Researchers analyzed state-level data across 44 states and patient-level data across four states, and they compared hospitalizations in expansion and non-expansion states. Uninsured surgery patients…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 5, 2021
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CMS issues IPPS final rule for FY 2022

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on August 2 issued its final Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) rule for FY 2022. The final rule: increases Medicare payment rates by a net 2.5%, compared to FY 2021, for hospitals that are meaningful users of electronic health records…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 5, 2021
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ACS strongly opposes Medicare cuts to surgical patient care

Editor's Note In a July 14 news release, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) said the proposed Medicare physician fee schedule for CY 2022 poses a threat to surgical patient care. The proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) maintains cuts to surgical care that Congress…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 22, 2021
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Researchers raise the alarm on splashing during reprocessing--Part 2

Part 1 of this two-part series discussed the splashes and the potential for exposure to pathogens that personnel face daily in sterile processing and endoscopy departments, as well as the current guidelines and strategies for reducing exposures (OR Manager, July 2021, pp 1, 9-11, 15). These risks were derived from…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
July 20, 2021
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Joint Commission issues Quick Safety on diversity

Editor's Note The Joint Commission, on July 13, issued a new “Quick Safety Issue 60: Understanding the needs of diverse populations in your community.” To address the health and well-being of diverse populations in US communities, hospitals and medical centers can use the following safety actions and strategies: Requiring leadership…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 15, 2021
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The Joint Commission releases Accelerate PI Dashboard Reports for 2Q

Editor's Note The Joint Commission announced on July 7 that second quarter Accelerate PI Dashboard Reports are available for accredited organizations. The reports reflect the most recent data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Compare website and electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) data reported under The Joint Commission's ORYX…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 8, 2021
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Survey: HCWs report concerns about unsafe working conditions during COVID-19

Editor's Note The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, in Washington, DC, released a report on May 25 that summarizes findings from a national survey of frontline healthcare workers (HCWs) during the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey of 1,200 HCWs from all 50 states and the District of…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 25, 2021
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CMS extends ASC quality data reporting deadline

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced May 17 that it has extended the Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting (ASCQR) program data submission deadline from Monday, May 17, to Monday, July 19, 2021. The extension provides ASCs with more time to obtain HARP [Health Care Quality…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 19, 2021
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