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February 2024
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Session: How value-based care will impact surgical services

Editor's Note Understanding the impact of value-based care on the surgical suite (VBC) will be essential for hospitals to understand as payers begin to seek partners in new payment models. In a conference session yesterday, Lauren Cricchi, associate principal, financial services at Avalere Healthcare and Katie Sullivan, senior vice president,…

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By: Matt Danford
February 7, 2024
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Session: What are the legal implications of AI in healthcare?

Editor's Note How will healthcare regulators deal with artificial intelligence? How will malpractice law change, and who will be liable for harm derived from AI diagnosis and treatment recommendations? What can be done about bias in AI? Even amid a surge in algorithms cleared by the FDA, all of these…

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By: Matt Danford
February 7, 2024
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Session: Fast-forward—ECRI’s top 10 health technology hazards

Editor's Note ECRI, an independent, nonprofit organization that aims to improve the safety, quality, and cost-effectiveness of care across all healthcare settings, every year compiles and unveils a list of the top 10 technology hazards affecting patient care. The motivation for producing this list, according to Jason Launders, director of…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
February 5, 2024
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Keynote: The future is now—Novel solutions to advance health equity and improve patient outcomes

Editor's Note Young Juhn, MD, MPH, professor of pediatrics, research lab director, and clinical investigator at Mayo Clinic, is opening the OR Business Management Conference today by walking attendees through the Mayo Clinic HOUSES (housing-based socioeconomic status) Program. HOUSES was “developed, validated, and implemented…for measuring individual socioeconomic status based on…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
February 5, 2024
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Congressional hearing focuses on bill to protect healthcare workers from violence

Editor's Note Nearly 100 house and senate staff attended a January 30 briefing on the Safety from Violence for Healthcare Employees (SAVE) Act, a bill under congressional consideration that aims to protect healthcare workers from assault or intimidation while on the job. In addition to criminalizing these acts, the bill…

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By: Brita Belli
February 2, 2024
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Poster presentation: Large health system offers prototype for transitioning to centralized value analysis committee

Editor's Note Large healthcare systems considering a centralized Value Analysis Committee (VAC) model potentially have much to learn from a 10-hospital organization operating in the Washington, DC and Maryland region. MedStar Health System’s still-ongoing transition from multiple, facility-based improvement committees is the subject of one of the first posters to…

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By: Matt Danford
February 2, 2024
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Study: trusted sources, empathetic messaging combat health misinformation

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Editor's Note In an era of social media channels, video sharing, and other new communication methods, traditional verbal or written communication between clinician and patient is inadequate for combating health misinformation, according to the Penn Medical Communication Research Institute. Published December 7 in Jama Network, the researchers’ findings emphasize the…

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By: Brita Belli
February 1, 2024
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New Joint Commission requirements for total hip, knee replacements focus on opioids, diabetes

Editor's Note The Joint Commission has released revised requirements for the advanced disease-specific care certification for total hip and total knee replacement (THKR). The requirements, which are designed to align with the updated AAOS clinical practice guidelines, go into effect July 1, 2024 and focus largely on addressing opioids and…

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By: Brita Belli
February 1, 2024
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ChatGPT study prompts questions about clinical applications for large-language-model AI

Editor's Note Although ChatGPT has shown human-level performance on several professional and academic benchmarks, a recent study of its potential for clinical applications raised questions among surgeon evaluators. Findings were reported in the journal Surgery on January 20. Specifically, researchers tested OpenAI’s general-purpose large-language model on questions from the Surgical…

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By: Matt Danford
February 1, 2024
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FDA updates safety recall of certain saline, sterile water medical products

Editor's Note The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on January 24 updated its safety recall communication from November 6 to add to the voluntary recalls of saline and sterile water medical products associated with Nurse Assist, LLC. The FDA recall notice lists various water-based medical products manufactured by Nurse…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
January 31, 2024
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