FinanceInpatient or Outpatient? Medicare Rule Sows Knee Replacement Confusion
Many hospitals are instructing surgeons to schedule all Medicare total knee arthroplasties as outpatient procedures.
Clinical CareStart Improving Clinical Outcomes With AI: 3 Steps
A Florida-based community hospital is using AI tools to examine patient data and formulate new treatment protocols for deadly illnesses...
Clinical CareOvercome the Challenges of Teaching in Your Fast-Paced ICU
There are unique challenges to teaching knowledge and skills in the ICU setting such as patient urgency.
Clinical CareClinical Pathway Improves Extubation Outcomes
A multidisciplinary team designed a clinical pathway that improved institutional practice and quality of care.
Medicare Paid $5.7B for 'Not Reasonable and Necessary' Inpatient Rehab Care
An OIG audit found widespread noncompliance with IRF guidelines, with providers and CMS sharing the blame.
NursingHospitals Must 'Accept Nothing Less Than Zero Harm'
Three key takeaways from The Joint Commission's annual hospital executive briefings.
Clinical CareHealthcare Spending Growth Makes a Comeback
Post-recession spending growth is climbing towards pre-recession levels and is largely driven by brand-name drugs, ER visits, and outpatient surgeries.
StrategyPhRMA, AHA Trade Blame, Barbs on High Drug Prices
Drug makers launch PR campaign blaming higher drug costs on hospital markups. Hospitals call the claims 'a brazen misrepresentation of...
NursingNurse Staffing Affected by Tests, Procedures
Nurse-patient ratios can increase by 50% when neurocritical care RNs travel off the unit to accompany patients to tests.
Clinical CareMayo Clinic Rips CNN Reporting as 'Inaccurate, Incomplete, Irresponsible'
Mayo 'shocked and deeply saddened by the wholly inaccurate and incomplete reporting' of alleged medical kidnapping. CNN stands by its...
FinanceCMS Finalizes 2019 Inpatient Payment Rules
The policy pleased some providers by eliminating a controversial 25% policy for long-term care hospitals.
Clinical CareAudit Finds $2.4M Medicare Overpayments at U. Wisconsin Hospitals
The health system incorrectly billed for two types of severe malnutrition, which are classified as major complications or comorbidities that...