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  • ACC: Cardiologists should screen patients about tobacco use

    The American College of Cardiology released its Expert Consensus Decision Pathway for Tobacco Cessation Treatment to help guide physicians in evaluating and treating tobacco dependence. The report, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, calls on cardiologists to ask every patient about tobacco use at every visit, assess smokers' degree of nicotine addiction, advise tobacco users to quit and offer patients help getting appropriate treatment. MedPage Today (free registration) (12/7) Learn More

  • OIG: 54% of adverse events in LTC hospitals were preventable

    A report from the HHS Office of Inspector General found about 20% of Medicare patients in long-term-care hospitals experienced adverse events and 25% had temporary harmful events. The report found 54% of adverse events and temporary harm events were preventable, with 58% linked to substandard care and 34% linked to medical errors. Healthcare Dive (12/6) Learn More

  • Readmission, mortality risks higher for late Dec. discharges

    A study published in The BMJ showed hospital discharge in the last two weeks of December was associated with an almost 26% risk of patient death or readmission in 30 days, compared with a 24% risk for discharges in January and late November. "Rather than rushing to get patients home, hospital clinicians should pay attention to discharge planning for this vulnerable group, ensuring optimal patient education, drug review, and follow-up care," researchers said. MarketWatch (12/11) Learn More

  • Project management tool helps health care organizations improve quality

    A project management tool developed by The Institute for Healthcare Improvement can help health care systems change their business model from volume-based to value-based. The tool provides recommendations for quality improvement projects, such as creating a work plan with milestones and a set timeline to keep momentum going. HealthLeaders Media (12/7) Learn More

  • Study links clinician-family communication to reduced medical errors

    A study in The BMJ showed that an intervention developed to standardize communication between families and clinicians during rounds led to a 37.9% reduction in harmful errors in the three months after implementation. Researchers analyzed data from pediatric inpatient units at seven US hospitals and found that intervention also resulted in nurses becoming more engaged in patient rounds and families being more likely to share concerns. STAT (tiered subscription model) (12/6) Learn More

  • Data-based approach to homelessness helps hospitals

    Hennepin Healthcare of Minnesota is making concerted use of electronic health records to identify patients at risk of homelessness and thus head off preventable hospital visits. The provider cites social determinants as keys to more effective and economical care and notes that the concept remains controversial. Healthcare Finance (12/7) Learn More

  • 8 Del. organizations receive grants for value-based care

    Dover Post (Del.) (12/4) Learn More

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