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  • Higher costs may not mean better quality care, study says

    An analysis of Medicare claims for six different cancer surgeries between 2005 and 2009 found higher spending was tied to worse quality care. The study in the journal Surgery found high-volume surgeons had better outcomes and lower costs due to their use of processes of care tied to improved outcomes. United Press International (4/26) Learn More

  • ACOs improving care for R.I. Medicaid beneficiaries

    The quality of care for Medicaid beneficiaries in Rhode Island has improved and costs have declined since the state launched a Medicaid accountable care program, says Jim Fanale, chief clinical officer at Care New England. Modern Healthcare (tiered subscription model) (4/22) Learn More

  • Model shows promise in predicting pediatric ED admissions

    Researchers found that a new prediction model yielded 90% specificity in determining 73.4% of hospitalizations within 30 minutes of pediatric emergency department presentation and 99.5% specificity for 35.4% of hospitalizations. The findings in Pediatrics, based on an analysis of 2014 to 2015 data involving 59,033 patient visits at the Boston Children's Hospital ED, also showed that real-time application of the model may allow the ED to save 5,917 hours per year or 30 minutes per hospitalization. Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (4/25) Learn More

  • Family-centered rounds checklist may be beneficial, study finds

    Pediatric hospital services that implemented a family-centered rounds checklist and associated provider training had a significantly higher likelihood of performing checklist elements such as asking families or health care teams for questions and reading back orders, compared with those that provided usual care, according to a study in Pediatrics. The findings also showed that asking families for questions substantially increased ratings of staff communication openness as well as handoff and transition safety. Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (4/26) Learn More

  • Studies on patient-physician talks may not include hearing loss

    Many studies on patient-physician communications fail to include how a patient's hearing loss can affect the quality of discussions, researchers reported in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The analysis found just 16 of 67 research papers mentioned patient hearing loss, even though the condition is prevalent among older patients. (4/24) Learn More

  • Report examines adoption of EHR-based sepsis detection

    Sixty-nine percent of providers using EHR-based sepsis detection reported improved outcomes, including reduced mortality and lower treatment costs and readmissions, according to a KLAS report. Epic's and Cerner's systems were cited as the most commonly used sepsis solutions in interviews with 102 providers. HIT Consultant (4/26) Learn More

  • Survey examines instances of EHR outages affecting patient safety

    SERMO surveyed 3,086 physicians from 26 countries and found that 46% have witnessed an EMR/EHR outage or malfunction that endangered a patient's health or safety. Fifty-five percent of physicians in the US said they experienced such an incident, followed by 46% -- the global average -- in Canada and the UK and 39% in France. (4/24) Learn More

  • Artificial womb succeeds in lamb study

    An artificial womb developed at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia allowed premature lambs to survive and mature normally outside the mother's womb for about a month, according to a report in Nature Communications. The device, which may allow very premature babies to survive, is made up of a clear plastic bag filled with synthetic amniotic fluid and is attached to an external machine that provides nutrition and oxygen and removes carbon dioxide. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (4/26) Learn More

  • Details of GOP health care amendment emerge

    An amendment to Republican health care legislation proposes letting states seek waivers to opt out of the Affordable Care Act's community rating requirements, but they would have to have a high-risk pool available for consumers with pre-existing conditions, according to legislative text circulated by House Republicans. States could also seek waivers to opt out of essential health benefits requirements, and states applying for waivers would only need to meet one of numerous possible criteria, such as increasing choice of plans or reducing premiums. The Hill (4/25) Learn More

  • Utility of Post-Mortem Genetic Testing in Cases of Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome

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