Training young cancer patients and their families basic methods of preventing central line-associated bloodstream infections could have implications beyond pediatric oncology, since healthcare is increasingly delivered in outpatient settings. >>>
Medicare Part A and Part B appeals rose markedly between 2008 and 2012 with most of the increase coming from appeals of inpatient hospital claims. "We think that the recovery audit contractors are driving a lot of the increase," says an OIG official. >>>
Having healthcare providers don gloves and gowns in intensive care units is shown to reduce infections of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, but without a rise in adverse events, researchers say. >>>
Requiring patients with drug-eluting stents to wait a year before they can undergo elective surgery "is a common problem" for surgeons. But a large-scale study indicates the risk of adverse events such as serious blood clots may be overblown. >>>
Predictive modeling offers the key to understanding which healthcare services most affect utilization, readmissions, and payment, and how to tackle the outliers. These analytics are within the grasp of any healthcare system. >>>
Hospitals that have the best survival outcomes are not doing the best job in the area of patient satisfaction, says a healthcare economist . Better indicators of quality are the number of beds and patient volume. >>>
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