The volume and cost of hysterectomy procedures performed by surgical robots are soaring. But infection rates, intraoperative injuries, reoperations, and transfusions are all essentially the same as for traditional laparoscopy. >>>
Bariatric surgery patients have lower costs for medication and physician's office visits up to six years later, but those savings are offset by more hospitalizations and hospital costs, health economists say. >>>
In nursing, as in football, teamwork matters. Safety huddles at the start of a shift allow nurses to strategize as a team before executing patient care. One hospital that's adopted the practice has already scored a national quality award. >>>
Analysts are uncovering problems with the accuracy and quality of clinical documentation generated by physicians working with electronic health records. Now experts are calling for standards of practice. >>>
The National Committee of Quality Assurance evaluates accountable care organizations on the basis of 65 elements including whether they have sufficient specialists and primary care providers. >>>
With 40% of rural facilities already operating at a loss, a 2% cut about to be triggered by unchecked legislation "is incredibly challenging," says an official at the National Rural Health Association's Rural Health Policy Institute. >>>
New payment models from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina mean patients receive highly coordinated pre-operative care and one fixed-rate bill for 30-days pre- and 90-days post-surgery for knee replacements. >>>
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