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  • Healthgrades names top US hospitals for 2020

    Healthgrades released its list of the top 50 US hospitals for 2020 based on their performance for 32 procedures and conditions, including heart failure, sepsis and pneumonia. The top 50 account for 1% of US hospitals. Becker's Hospital Review (2/11) Learn More

  • QI program linked to better outcomes in IBD care

    A structured quality improvement program that focused on practice changes and sharing of best practices was associated with improvements in patients with inflammatory bowel disease, Dr. Gil Melmed of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center told the Crohn's and Colitis Congress. Study data showed the program was linked to fewer emergency department visits and hospitalizations and less steroid and narcotic use. Healio (free registration) (2/11) Learn More

  • Study looks at factors tied to newborn complications

    Researchers found that newborn transfers accounted for 66% and 41.2% of all complications in hospitals with the highest and lowest transfer prevalence, respectively, making it the leading hospital-level factor of neonatal complications, while infants born in hospitals without NICUs were 55% more likely to develop complications, compared with those in hospitals with NICUs. The findings in JAMA Network Open also showed that maternal comorbidities, particularly pregestational diabetes, was the patient-level factor with the greatest link to newborn complications. Medscape (free registration) (2/12) Learn More

  • Verma: CMS plans prior authorization changes

    CMS Administrator Seema Verma said the agency will introduce changes to prior authorization this year as part of efforts to improve health innovation and reduce administrative burdens, but she didn't provide specifics. Speaking at a conference in Washington, D.C., Verma said the CMS has held 35 listening sessions and collected more than 2,000 comments on prior authorization. Becker's Hospital CFO Report (2/12) Learn More

  • CMS gives certain ACOs more telehealth freedom

    The CMS released new guidelines last month that would loosen geographic telehealth restrictions for Medicare accountable care organizations participating in two-sided financial risk models and who have selected prospective payments. According to the rule's fact sheet, applicable ACOs will be allowed to offer and collect "payment for covered telehealth services to prospectively assigned beneficiaries without geographic restriction, including, for many services, where the originating site is ... and in beneficiary's home" starting this year. mHealth Intelligence (2/11) Learn More

  • Robot uses ultrasound to zero in on patients' veins

    A robot developed by researchers at Rutgers University and  Mount Sinai Hospital used ultrasound waves to help medical providers find patients' veins. The device may help prevent multiple attempts to draw blood in patients with hard-to-find veins. International Business Times (2/10) Learn More

  • How physicians use EHRs could impact burnout

    The time physicians spend on EHRs at work and home, along with how much undivided time physicians spend with patients, can impact efficiency and burnout, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Researchers recommended practices should analyze one month of EHR data to determine where improvements can be made. EHR Intelligence (2/12) Learn More

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