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November 1, 2014

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  • How many procedures makes competency?

    It’s an intuitive truth that makes sense to just about anyone who hears it: If you are having a procedure done, you want to go to someone who has a lot of experience doing that procedure.
  • Refocusing your readmissions reduction strategies

    when you thought you were getting a handle on reducing readmissions for your Medicare population, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has another task for you: Look at your Medicaid readmissions, because you may find that those patients are bouncing back in at least the same quantity as your older patients.
  • Update on CMS offer on appeals

    When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that it would offer 68% payment for organizations that would drop their appeals with a deadline of acceptance of November 2, many wondered who might accept the terms.
  • All aboard for a new face in QI

    They speak a different language, and the lore in society is they are completely otherworldly, but engineers may be the missing tool in you quality toolbox, the thing that makes you see a problem in a novel way, approach its solution differently.
  • Stand-alone obs unit success

    Observation status has been under the radar for a while, and with the two-midnight rule in full force, getting patients to the right place on a ward or discharged appropriately has taken on new urgency.
  • ECRI lauds health system for untethering patients

    Monitoring patients’ hearts with telemetry seems innocuous enough. It’s not invasive, and it’s an extra pair of eyes keeping track of a key vital function.
  • Hospitals can track, compare needlesticks

    A hundred hospitals have joined a new system to track needlesticks and other healthcare injuries, the first such national surveillance since 2007.