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September 1, 2009

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  • Premier/IHI algorithms automate process for identifying patient harm

    An automated process for tracking rates of patient harm developed by Charlotte, NC-based Premier Inc. and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in Boston has been tested and compared against a manual full chart review. The automated tool's results agreed with full chart review 76.2% of the time; in cases in which the results did not match, it was found that 84% had issues with coding.
  • Mentoring program enhances CM training

    A mentoring program for staff members who have already completed orientation is seen as a key strategy in the programs of Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) in Charlotte, NC, which was recently named the winner of the 2009 Franklin Award of Distinction by The Joint Commission and the American Case Management Association.
  • GE program could boost EMR adoption

    In the first phase of its "healthymagination" program, which will eventually represent a $6 billion commitment to improve access, affordability, and quality of health care, GE has launched Stimulus Simplicity, which is designed to provide hospitals and physicians with an easier route to EMR (electronic medical record) adoption.
  • Claims data analysis helps hospital recoup revenue

    By analyzing claims data to assure that the hospital was reimbursed appropriately and aggressively appealing all denials and underpayments of claims, DCH Health System in Tuscaloosa, AL, was able to generate a 1.25% increase in net patient revenue.
  • Use data for operational changes, quality

    Case management outcomes can be a powerful tool for identifying the need for operational changes or process improvements throughout your hospital, as well as demonstrating the value of case management.
  • Paper highlights initiatives and interventions

    About 12 years ago, Cynda Hylton Rushton, PhD, RN, FAAN, and others at Johns Hopkins set about to examine the issue of nurse self-care and the quality of care being delivered in pediatric palliative care.
  • TJC to improve top four challenging requirements

    The Joint Commission (TJC) is conducting an extensive review of its National Patient Safety Goals (NPSGs) to identify how to increase the value of the requirements in helping organizations provide safe, quality care.