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CMS penalizes nearly half of all hospitals for high readmission rates

Editor's Note In FY 2022, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will penalize 2,499 (47%) hospitals for excessive patient readmissions, the October 28 Kaiser Health News reports. In its 10th year of the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, CMS will cut payments to the penalized hospitals by as much…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 1, 2021
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Most appendicitis patients can have antibiotics as their first treatment

Editor's Note About half of patients with appendicitis do not need an appendectomy for up to 4 years after receiving antibiotics, finds this study presented October 25 at the American College of Surgeons virtual Clinical Congress 2021. The study was conducted at 25 US medical centers in 1,552 adults with…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 28, 2021
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FDA: Class I recall of DeRoyal procedure packs containing Smiths Medical Normoflo irrigation warming sets

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), on October 6, identified the recall by Deroyal Industries of its procedure packs containing Smiths Medical Normoflo irrigation warming sets as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because of the possibility of harmful levels of aluminum leaching into the…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 28, 2021
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Association between virtual care and healthcare utilization during COVID-19

Editor's Note This study from the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, finds that the transition to incorporate virtual care into ambulatory healthcare during COVID-19 was not associated with an increased overall number of visits. The researchers identified 10,559,857 ambulatory visits by 1,530,772 patients at their large New…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 28, 2021
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Effect of obesity, age on mild forms of COVID-19

Editor's Note In this study, researchers at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, find that overweight and obese adolescents and adults experienced more respiratory symptoms from COVID-19. Of 552 individuals enrolled in the study, 470 tested positive for COVID-19, including 261 adults (18 years or more old), 61 adolescents…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 27, 2021
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ECRI issues statement on COVID-19 vaccine boosters, global vaccine equity

Editor's Note In an October 26 news release, ECRI announced the publication of a Position Statement on “COVID-19 Vaccines: Mitigating Disease and Promoting Global Health Equity.” Speaking in support of the Statement, Marcus Schabacker, MD, PhD, president and chief executive officer, ECRI, says: “Despite the FDA and CDC’s advancement of…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 27, 2021
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Association of allergy history with allergic reactions in HCWs after COVID-19 vaccinations

Editor's Note This study by researchers at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, finds that a high-risk allergy history was associated with a 2.5-fold higher risk of allergic reactions after mRNA COVID-19 vaccinations. However, most of the allergy symptoms did not hold up completion…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 26, 2021
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CDC expands eligibility for COVID-19 boosters

Editor's Note The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH, on October 21, endorsed the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ recommendation for a booster of COVID-19 vaccines in certain populations. For individuals who received Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, the following are eligible…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 26, 2021
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COVID-19 breakthrough infections in HCWs vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine

  Editor's Note This Israeli study finds that in healthcare workers (HCWs) vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine who had breakthrough infections, the suspected source was an unvaccinated person. Among 11,453 fully vaccinated HCWs, 1,497 had RT-PCR testing during the study period. Of the tested HCWs, 39 breakthrough cases were found.…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 25, 2021
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The Joint Commission issues new Quick Safety on cybersecurity

  Editor's Note The Joint Commission, on October 20, announced a new Quick Safety—“Organization-wide cybersecurity: Creating a culture of defense.” Cybersecurity can no longer be viewed as just the province of the IT department. It must be the responsibility of all staff that have access to digital information, electronic health…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 25, 2021
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