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The Joint Commission seeking input on eCQMs survey

Editor's Note The Joint Commission, on March 22, announced that it is seeking input to a survey on the implementation and utilization of electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) to better assess the impact of prospective changes to data submission practices. This applies, in particular, to a healthcare organization‚Äôs readiness in…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 27, 2023
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Endoscope manufacturer Olympus Medical receives third warning from FDA

Editor's Note The FDA on March 15 issued its third warning letter to endoscope manufacturer Olympus Medical, following a manufacturing site inspection and 160 complaints of device failure, as reported by Beckers. The warning letter comes after a Tokyo, Japan facility inspection, where the Single-Use Distal Covers for Duodenoscopes and…

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By: Lindsay Botts
March 24, 2023
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Acute effects of coffee consumption in adults

Editor's Note This prospective randomized trial by researchers at the University of California San Francisco¬† examines the health effects of coffee consumption on cardiac ectopy and arrhythmias, daily step counts, sleep minutes, and serum glucose levels. A total of 100 adults were fitted with a continuously recording electrocardiogram device, a…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 23, 2023
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The Joint Commission seeking comments on proposed environmental sustainability requirements

Editor's Note The Joint Commission, on March 22, announced that it is seeking comments on proposed new requirements to address environmental sustainability for the hospital and critical access hospital programs. The aim of the proposed new Leadership (LD) Standard LD.05.01.01 is to help facilities minimize their carbon footprints as they…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 23, 2023
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Daily step counts before, after COVID-19 pandemic

Editor's Note This study from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee, finds a consistent, widespread, and significant decline in activity following the onset of COVID-19 in the US. The analysis included 5,443 participants who wore a digital device tracking physical activity (Fitbit) for at least 10 days each month. Daily…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 23, 2023
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ACS, SVS announce National Quality Verification Program for Vascular Care

Editor's Note The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS), on March 23, announced the launch of a National Quality Verification Program for Vascular Care (Vascular-VP). Vascular-VP helps participating hospitals improve outcomes and deliver the best treatment for patients having inpatient vascular surgical and interventional procedures.…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 23, 2023
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Effect of team dynamics on operative efficiency in total joints

Editor's Note In this study led by California's Stanford Health Care, researchers found significant associations of surgical team composition and dynamics with operative efficiency for total hip (THAs) and total knee arthroplasties (TKAs), independent of case complexity. The analysis included 641 total joint arthroplasties (279 THAs and 362 TKAs) performed…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 22, 2023
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Gen Z shunning traditional hiring practices

Editor's Note Gen Z job seekers are increasingly shunning traditional hiring practices, and employers need to keep up, the March 20 Benefit News reports. Recent research finds that 73% of job-seekers aged 18 to 34 found their last job through social media, while at the same time, 75% of companies…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 22, 2023
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COVID-19 trends offer hope the pandemic will end in 2023

Editor's Note Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data show 1,706 COVID-19 deaths for the week ending March 15, the lowest number since March 25, 2020, according to the March 20 US News & World Report. COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations also continue to drop, with weekly infections at their lowest…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 22, 2023
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Effectiveness of AI in detecting hip fractures, predicting postop outcomes

Editor's Note This Canadian meta-analysis finds that artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to automate hip fracture diagnoses; however, complicated models may not provide benefit over traditional patient-specific postoperative outcomes predictions. Of 39 studies included in the analysis, 18 used AI models to diagnose hip fractures on plain radiographs and…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 21, 2023
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