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Surgeons to monitor hip, knee patients using Apple Watches

Editor’s Note Zimmer Biomet and Apple Inc have begun a multiyear study that will allow surgeons to use Apple Watches to monitor activities, including heart rate, steps taken, and standing hours of up to 100,000 patients before and after hip and knee replacement surgery, the October 15 Reuters reports. Providers at four hospitals and more […]

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Value stream redesign: The cornerstone of excellent patient care

Many healthcare organizations have adopted Lean processes to save money, improve workflow, and reduce waste. But it’s not just process change that drives success. It’s the individuals—especially those on the front lines—who work together to identify problems and solutions. It’s also ongoing efforts to sustain changes once they have been implemented. At the University of […]

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Early action advised to achieve better OAS CAHPS responses

Mandatory implementation of the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Outpatient and Ambulatory Surgery Survey (OAS CAHPS) originally scheduled for 2018 has been delayed, but that does not More »

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CMS: 1,299 providers join new bundled payment initiative

Editor’s Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on October 9 announced that 1,299 healthcare providers are participating in its new Bundled Payments for Care Improvement−Advanced model, which began October 1 and will continue until December 31, 2023. The program includes 32 bundled clinical episodes (29 inpatient, 3 outpatient) and involves 832 acute-care […]

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UMB to create Maryland Nursing Workforce Center

Editor’s Note Rebecca Wiseman, PhD, RN, associate professor and chair of the University of Maryland School of Nursing at the Universities at Shady Grove, has been awarded a grant to establish the Maryland Nursing Workforce Center at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), according to an October 8 news release. The $265,467 grant will fund […]

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Nurse-to-patient ratios could result in high costs

Editor’s Note Massachusetts voters in November will determine whether mandated nurse-to-patient staffing ratios will go into effect January 1, 2019, the October 3 SFGate reports. Implementing the ratios could cost providers $676 million to $949 million per year, according to an analysis by an independent state agency. A union representing nurses disputes these numbers. The […]

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Hospital employment continues to increase in September

Editor’s Note US hospitals added 12,000 jobs in September to a seasonally adjusted 5,202,900, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on October 5. That is up 102,700 more employees than a year ago. Overall, healthcare employment has increased 301,500 in the past year. The overall unemployment rate is 3.7% (down from 3.9% in August), the […]

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Trends, characteristics of health data breaches

Editor’s Note Despite ethical and legal obligations to protect patient privacy and efforts to establish best practices for healthcare information security, breach rates have increased since 2010, this study finds. Of 2,149 breaches that involved 176.4 million records, the most common entities breached were healthcare providers, with 1,503 breaches that included 37.1 million records. Health […]

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Women’s Choice Award announces 2019 Best Children’s Hospitals

Editor’s Note The Women’s Choice Award announced on October 1 the Best Children’s Hospitals for 2019. The select group were chosen from nearly 60 Children’s Hospitals in the nation and represent those that have met the highest standards for childcare. Award winners include: Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, Omaha Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Hartford Dayton […]

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CMS easing safety-net hospitals’ readmission penalties

Editor’s Note The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), on orders from Congress, is easing its annual readmission penalties on hospitals servicing low-income residents, the September 26 Kaiser Health News reports. The penalties are part of the Affordable Care Act’s effort to encourage better care. The sanctions have been especially hard on safety-net hospitals […]

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