Safety/Quality

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October 2019
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New calculator predicts outcomes for metabolic, bariatric surgery patients

Editor's Note A new surgical risk/benefit calculator that can predict a bariatric/metabolic patient’s possibility of postoperative remission at 1 year for five weight-related comorbidities will soon be released by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), the American College of Surgeons (ACS) announced on August 20.…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 21, 2019
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Effect of hospital move to all private rooms on healthcare-associated infections

Editor's Note The move to a new hospital with all single-patient rooms was associated with an immediate and durable reduction in the rates of nosocomial vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE) and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) colonization as well as VRE infections, but not in  the rates of nosocomial Clostridioides difficile (CDI) or…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 19, 2019
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CMS to enhance Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on August 19 announced that it plans to update the quality measurement methodology of the Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings in 2021. The Star Ratings are located on CMS’ Hospital Compare website. While the new methodology is being finalized, CMS…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 19, 2019
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Experts give hospital rating systems low grades

Editor's Note In this study, experts graded the four major publicly reported hospital quality rating systems on their strengths and weaknesses−most received a C and the highest was a B. The grades were: US News & World Report−B Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Star Ratings−C Leapfrog−C- Healthgrades−D+. The researchers found that…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 15, 2019
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Joint Commission releases new sentinel event stats

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on August 14 released new sentinel event statistics for the first half of 2019. The latest data also introduce new categories for describing sentinel events, including suicide-related events, surgical or invasive procedure events, anesthesia-related events, and product or device events. The top five most frequently…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 15, 2019
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Statewide initiative reduces postop opioid prescribing without increase in patient pain

Editor's Note Implementation of opioid prescribing guidelines in the state of Michigan reduced opioid prescription size without negatively affecting patient satisfaction or pain, this study finds. In 1 year, teams at 43 hospitals across the state reduced by nearly one-third the number of opioid pills they prescribed to patients (having…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 15, 2019
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Joint Commission refines requirements for practitioner credentialing, privileging, and evaluation

Editor's Note The Joint Commission announced on August 14 that accredited hospitals and critical access hospitals will be able to supplement local data with data acquired from Medicare-certified hospitals and critical access hospitals for the purposes of practitioner credentialing, privileging, and evaluation (focused and ongoing). The supplemental data may not…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 15, 2019
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Hospital revisits have increased since implementation of HRRP

Editor's Note Hospital revisits (ie, treat-and-discharge visits to ED, observation stays, or inpatient readmissions) within 30 days of discharge have increased since implementation of the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP), this study finds. Though hospital readmissions have dropped since HRRP was implemented as part of the Affordable Care Act, there…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 14, 2019
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AI, machine learning help unlock health data at Michigan Medicine

Editor's Note The University of Michigan’s health system has 34 artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning research projects underway, 28 of which have principal investigators, the August 12 Health Data Management reports. Projects include analyzing electronic health records (EHRs), ECG monitor data, and analytics to predict acute hemodynamic instability and…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 14, 2019
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Postop delirium linked to long-term decline in elderly

Editor's Note In this study, postoperative delirium in patients averaging 80 years old was linked to long-term detrimental outcomes after major orthopedic surgical procedures. Of 130 patients analyzed, 34 developed postoperative in-hospital delirium. Patients with postoperative delirium had a greater decline in activities of daily living at 2 to 3…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 13, 2019
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