Value-Based Metrics Penalize Top-Performing Hospitals

Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston found that hospitals awarded by the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology for their high-quality care for acute myocardial infarction and heart failure were more likely to be financially penalized under value-based programs than other hospitals.

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Close the Loop on Test Results

Serious problems can occur when results are delayed. Patients can undergo the wrong operation, be prescribed the wrong medication, or be discharged when they actually require urgent care. A delay in test results can mean the difference between a treatable problem evolving into an inoperable one.

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Safety First: Five Steps to Better Life Safety and Emergency Preparedness

In a series of unannounced compliance audits, the Office of Inspector General found that among 20 surveyed nursing homes, all had severe deficiencies. These included 205 issues related to life safety and 219 issues related to emergency preparedness. In an August 2019 report, the department cited inadequate management and lack of standardized training as the main causes for noncompliance.

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Using AI for Early Diagnosis of Mesothelioma and Other Cancers

The internet of medical things does not supersede doctors’ diagnoses or treatment plans, but it can assist healthcare professionals in confronting stalls or difficulties. All patients can benefit from technology that will lead to more informed decisions; however, cancer patients may benefit the most due to the importance of early intervention and personalized treatment.

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CMS Urges Providers to Prep for 2019-nCoV

In QSO 20-09-ALL, CMS noted that healthcare organizations have been told to consider emerging infectious diseases as part of the all-hazards approach to emergency preparedness all healthcare providers have been required to follow since 2016. The memo also notes that the CDC continues to issue information on the 2019-nCoV that began in China at the end of last year and has infected thousands, including more than 600 people who have died.

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