Performance Improvement

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October 2021
Home Safety/Quality > Quality Improvement > Performance Improvement

Editorial

A year ago at this time, healthcare facilities were busy resuming elective procedures that had been put on hold because of COVID-19—a feat that required agility, innovation, and collaboration to ensure staff and patient safety amid the ongoing pandemic. It’s remarkable that multiple vaccines have since been developed and administered…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
May 19, 2021
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Beware of unconscious bias influence on clinical outcomes

Does compassionate care really matter? Clinical evidence points to a resounding Yes. “When healthcare providers take the time to make human connections that help end suffering, patient outcomes improve, and medical costs decrease. Among other benefits, compassion reduces pain, improves healing, lowers blood pressure, and helps alleviate depression and anxiety,”…

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By: Ryan Chesterman
May 19, 2021
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Patients deserve better healthcare price transparency

Reforms are underway to curb surprise billing practices, with new federal government regulations due to be published by July 1 as part of the No Surprises Act passed by Congress in late 2020. Among many other provisions, the new law will require insurance providers to be more transparent about prices…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
May 19, 2021
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Crisis management takes new leaders to the next level

Unexpected benefits can arise from unexpected circumstances. Relatively new nurse leaders at two different facilities have found this to be true, for different reasons. Both have faced sudden changes that made their jobs more difficult but also gave them opportunities for growth. When the director of ambulatory care at Brigham…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
May 19, 2021
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Building a good 'marriage' with hospitals: A primer for ASCs

A global pandemic did not stop the proliferation of joint ventures between ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and hospitals in 2020. The trend continues in 2021, as federal regulators expand on the types of procedures that can be performed in the ambulatory setting. Hospitals are recognizing the need for a surgery…

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By: Jennifer Lubell
May 19, 2021
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Disparities persisted as orthopedic surgery patients shifted to telemedicine

Editor's Note This study by researchers at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, finds that disparities in access to orthopedic care persisted as orthopedic surgical patients were shifted to telemedicine during COVID-19. The researchers analyzed nearly 2,000 orthopedic patients receiving care via telemedicine from March to May…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 11, 2021
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US deficit in cancer screening associated with COVID-19

Editor's Note This study led by researchers at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, finds a sharp decline in breast, colorectal, and prostate cancer screening rates in 2020. This analysis of data on 60 million people in Medicare Advantage and commercial health plans across the US shows that…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 5, 2021
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Happy National Nurses Week

Editor's Note National Nurses Week begins on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. The theme for this year’s Nurses Week is “Nurses: A Voice to Lead—A vision for future healthcare.” The American Nurses Association (ANA) has a resource tool kit, free webinar, merchandise, and more for…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 4, 2021
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COVID-19 has detrimental effect on surgical residents’ operative experience

Editor's Note This review study, led by researchers at the Harbor-University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center, Torrance, finds a significant negative effect of COVID-19 on general surgery residents’ operative experience. This retrospective review of 1,358 resident case logs from 16 general surgery programs in the US finds a 33.5%…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 3, 2021
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Comparison of COVID-19 rates before, after school reopenings in Israel

Editor's Note This study from Israel finds that children aged 0 to 9 years did not have substantial rates of COVID-19 infection during school attendance periods, and they did not have a substantial role in COVID-19 spread. Researchers analyzed data from 47,620 children aged 0 to 9 years; 101,304 youths…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 27, 2021
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