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  • Joint Commission's sentinel events report shows few changes

    The Joint Commission's list of the 10 most common sentinel events for 2016 is similar to the 2015 list, but the group reviewed slightly fewer events: 824, down from 936 in 2015. Dialysis-related events and perinatal death/injury came off the list, replaced by medication errors and criminal events, with unintended retention of a foreign body as the most-recorded event. (3/15) Learn More

  • Report finds ambiguous guidelines for cancer survivor care

    There were ambiguous recommendations in 83% of North American and European guidelines targeted at caring for survivors of nine common cancers, researchers found. The study in JAMA Internal Medicine showed 90% of guidelines called for physical examinations and medical history, 83% recommended imaging, 63% called for endoscopic procedures and 56% included tests for disease biomarkers. Reuters (3/20) Learn More

  • Interventions may reduce nursing home hospitalizations

    A study that included 143 nursing homes in seven states found using evidence-based clinical and educational interventions could reduce unnecessary resident hospitalizations and Medicare costs. Greater staff engagement and better outcomes were seen with models that included registered nurses or nurse practitioners who provided consistent clinical care compared with models providing only education or intermittent clinical care, researchers wrote in Health Affairs. Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (3/20) Learn More

  • Mortality drops when hospitals are being inspected, research finds

    A study in JAMA Internal Medicine found that patient mortality is lower when Joint Commission inspectors are assessing a hospital than in the weeks before and after the visit. Researchers attribute the quality improvement, which translated to 1.5% lower 30-day mortality overall and a 5.9% reduction at major teaching hospitals, to greater overall vigilance, rather than specific measures. STAT (tiered subscription model) (3/20) Learn More

  • Spending is lower for practices that handle many high-need patients

    A study in the journal Health Affairs found that primary care practices with a greater proportion of high-need patients tend to spend less and have lower utilization of services. The authors said practices that are accustomed to working with high-need patients "might have structural advantages or have developed specialized approaches to serve this population." Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (3/16) Learn More

  • Study examines telemedicine adoption rates among small US health practices

    Video service provider SimpleVisit surveyed 100 physicians in small health practices in the US and found that although a majority of generalists view telehealth as essential to caring for elderly patients, less than 20% of providers offer video visit services. Reimbursement, the limited number of patients who would benefit from virtual care and perception of reduced quality of care were cited as the barriers of telemedicine adoption, the survey found. Medical Economics (3/18) Learn More

  • Smartphone device can detect presence of Zika, dengue in samples

    Sandia National Laboratories has developed a low-cost mobile device that uses a smartphone app to identify the presence of Zika virus, dengue fever and other mosquito-borne diseases in blood, saliva and urine samples. The device uses loop-mediated isothermal amplification that, with the aid of custom biochemical agents and DNA "primer" molecules, indicates traces of such viruses when the sample is heated and molecules fluoresce. New Atlas (3/20) Learn More

  • CMS postpones next steps under bundled payment programs

    The CMS has postponed expansion of the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement pilot and implementation of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Payment Model program from July 1 to Oct. 1, and the joint replacement final rule effective date has been pushed to May 20. Although it's possible all bundled payment implementation timelines will be pushed into next year, the announced delays will be open for comment for 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. Modern Healthcare (tiered subscription model) (3/20) Learn More

  • Impact of Thrombolytic Therapy on the Long-Term Outcome of Intermediate-Risk Pulmonary Embolism

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  • Heart Failure-Induced Brain Injury

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