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CDC urges communities, hospitals to prepare for spread of coronavirus
February 26, 2020 — Editor’s Note In a February 25 telebriefing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) will spread in the US, and hospitals and communities should begin ramping up their preparedness efforts, AHA Today reports. The CDC urged communities to implement non-pharmaceutical interventions or community mitigation measures to slow the […]
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Effect of total joint bundled payment program on patient selection
February 24, 2020 — Editor’s Note In this study, researchers found little to no significant change in the characteristics of patients having total hip and knee replacement surgery after the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services introduced the mandatory bundled payment programs in selected metropolitan statistical areas. The analysis included a matched set of more than 12,000 episodes of […]
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CMS proposes changes to total joint bundled payment program
February 24, 2020 — Editor’s Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on February 20 issued a rule proposing changes to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) program, which bundles payments to acute care hospitals for hip and knee replacement surgical procedures. CMS proposes extending the CJR model for an additional 3 years, through December 31, […]
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Nuts and bolts of new technology acquisition–Part 2
February 21, 2020 — Technology acquisitions require OR leaders to weigh the competing demands of stakeholders—including physicians, nursing staff, the finance department, and patients—and to make sure they address those More »
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Back to basics: How collaboration can improve PACU patient flow
February 21, 2020 — Healthcare technology can be a great thing, but nurses at Abington—Jefferson Health, in Abington, Pennsylvania, have discovered that sometimes stepping back from it is the best way to make progress. Going More »
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Using project management principles to hardwire ERAS protocols
February 21, 2020 — Implementation of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Health System in Richmond has been achieved through project and change management tools that transform the More »
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Use of internationally educated nurses in US hospitals
February 20, 2020 — Editor’s Note US hospitals with more internationally trained nurses have more stable, educated, nursing workforces, and collaboration among healthcare professionals is not hindered, this study finds. Researchers analyzed 2013 survey data from the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators that included responses from 24,045 nurses (2,156 were trained outside the US) working on 958 units […]
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Association of geriatric-specific characteristics with postop readmissions
February 19, 2020 — Editor’s Note In this study from the University of Virginia, new geriatric-specific characteristics were found to raise the risk of elderly surgical patients having unplanned readmissions within a month of leaving the hospital. The four geriatric-specific risk factors for readmission include: cognitive impairment requiring another person to sign the patient’s consent form for surgery use […]
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