Tag: Performance Improvement

Physician survey illuminates negative impact of prior authorization

Editor's Note The American Medical Association (AMA) annual, nationwide prior authorization survey reveals that over 90% of physicians believe prior authorization negatively impacts patient clinical outcomes. “More telling,” AMA reported July 17, is the fact that 78% of physicians report that this process “sometimes or often” leads to patients abandoning…

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By: Matt Danford
July 24, 2024
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Joint Commission safety center offers resources for violence prevention, well-being

Editor's Note The Joint Commission’s new Workforce Safety and Well-Being Resource Center is designed to support healthcare organizations in addressing challenges with workplace violence, burnout, and exposure to hazards. Workplace violence is a growing issue in healthcare, negatively affecting morale, staff turnover, productivity, and patient care, according to the July…

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By: Matt Danford
July 18, 2024
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Standardized handoff protocol improves OR communication

Editor's Note Findings published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons show how a standardized handoff protocol can improve OR communication and reduce the risk of error, Medical Xpress reported on June 19. The study focused specifically on SHRIMPS, a standardized handoff protocol developed by the quality improvement…

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By: Matt Danford
June 28, 2024
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Post-CABG cardiac shockwave therapy shows promise in early study

Editor's Note Using a device they call a “space hairdryer,” researchers in Austria applied gentle shockwaves to regenerate heart tissue after coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) in a study with potential implications for millions of patients, BBC News reported June 20. Researchers are now seeking larger trials, European regulatory…

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By: Matt Danford
June 27, 2024
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AI outperforms radiologists in detecting clinically significant prostate cancer

Editor's Note In a recent study, an artificial intelligence (AI) system detected more clinically significant prostate cancers and fewer indolent cancers than human radiologists reading MRIs, MedPage today reported June 13. The MedPage report covers a study published in Lancet Oncology that, according to researchers, “provided evidence that AI systems,…

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By: Matt Danford
June 26, 2024
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Study highlights CMS hospital star rating limitations

Editor's Note CMS hospital star ratings may not be a reliable tool for assessing surgical quality, according to a study published June 18 in JAMA Surgery. Researchers acknowledge that higher ratings are generally associated with improved postoperative outcomes, including fewer complications and lower 30-day mortality rates. However, as reported by…

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By: Matt Danford
June 25, 2024
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Kidney transplant performed on awake patient

Editor's Note In a first for Northwestern Medicine, surgeons performed a kidney transplant on an awake patient, CBS News reported June 24. John Nicholas, 28, of Chicago, experienced no pain during the May 24 procedure, in which he received an organ from a childhood friend. He was discharged the next…

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By: Matt Danford
June 25, 2024
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Scaling standards from sterile processing department to clinic

Reforming instrument reprocessing practices does not always end with the main sterile processing department (SPD). Holding clinics to the same standard adds to the challenge, whether they are associated with hospitals or operate independently. Nonetheless, standardization is just as essential to maintaining efficiency and quality standards. Whether a clinic is…

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By: Angela Lewellyn, LPN, CRCST, CER, CHL and Vanessa Frank, CRCST, CHL, CER, CIS
June 24, 2024
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The rise of AI in radiology—and what the future holds

When it comes to the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) in medicine, radiology is leading the charge. As of May 13, 2024, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had approved nearly 900 AI- and machine learning (ML)-enabled devices, and the vast majority of them are in radiology. One example…

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By: Brita Belli
June 24, 2024
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Ambulatory endoscopy management strategies keep patients, finances healthy

Gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy is one of the most common procedures in the US. Performed more than 17.1 million times per year in inpatient and outpatient hospital settings as well as ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), GI procedures account for 68% of all endoscopies, according to a May 2022 article in Digestive…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
June 24, 2024
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