Benchmarking

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July 2019

Staff input enriches labor benchmarking data

Labor is the most important resource in an OR and must be used effectively to maintain the financial health of an organization and the well-being of patients. “OR leaders need data tools to manage their labor dollars. How do you know if you are doing it well?” asks Sharon Ulep,…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
June 18, 2019
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Peer review inspires high performance from providers

Peer review is a hot topic in the quality arena as many ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) strive to create meaningful and sustainable evaluation of their providers. “As a surveyor, I can tell you peer review trips everybody up,” says Ann Geier, MS, RN, CNOR, CASC, chief nursing officer of Surgical…

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By: Leslie Flowers
November 15, 2017
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Costs vary widely for common surgical procedures

Editor's Note There is wide cost variation for five common surgical procedures in the US, this study finds. Cost observed-to-expected ratios ranged widely: 14.9-fold for colectomy 5.5-fold for coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) 12.5-fold for lung resection 10.6-fold for total knee arthroplasty 28.0-fold for cesarean section. High-cost hospitals were more…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 30, 2017
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CMS star ratings not linked to surgical outcomes

Editor's Note High Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings were not associated with improved patient outcomes in advanced laparoscopic abdominal surgery, this study finds. Morbidity at low-star hospitals was higher for colorectal surgery but not for bariatric or hiatal hernia surgery, and no significant…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 5, 2017
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US News & World Report lists top pediatric hospitals

Editor's Note For the third straight year, Boston Children’s Hospital tops the US News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia was second, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center was third. US News bases its honor roll on how hospitals rank in each of 10…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 28, 2017
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Interhospital comparison of orthopedic SSIs

Editor's Note Deep surgical site infection (SSI) rates in orthopedic surgical procedures may be a better tool for interhospital comparisons than overall SSI rates, this study finds. Researchers in Finland analyzed infection surveillance data for 73,227 total hip arthroplasties and 56,860 total knee arthroplasties performed in 18 hospitals from 1999…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 21, 2017
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Medicare VBP bonuses down for 2017

Editor's Note More than 1,600 hospitals will get Medicare bonuses in 2017 under the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) program, which is about 200 fewer than last year, the November 2 Modern Healthcare reports. The results are concerning because fewer hospitals are getting bonuses and hospitals aren’t moving in the rankings,…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 3, 2016
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CMS adds VA hospital performance data to Hospital Compare

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on October 21 announced the addition of Veterans Administration (VA) hospital performance data to Hospital Compare. The performance data include VA satisfaction survey results as well as outcomes, behavioral health, and patient safety measures. Additional VA hospital data will be…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 24, 2016
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Hospital consumer ranking systems based on faulty data

Editor's Note More transparency and validation are needed for consumer-based benchmarking methods, this study finds. Researchers evaluated differences between Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services measured rates of safety events for Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, and the US News & World Report determined patient safety scores. Discrepancies were found…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 11, 2016
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Mayo Clinic tops US News & World Report’s Best Hospitals list

Editor's Note US News & World Report on August 2 released it 27th Annual Best Hospitals list, which compares nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures, or conditions. The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, is Number 1 this year, followed by the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, and the…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 2, 2016
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