A Press Ganey report found hospitals with higher perceived nursing workplace safety had lower rates of registered nurse-related perceived missed care and higher CMS Overall Hospital Quality star rankings, compared with those that had lower rates of perceived safety. The report said hospitals with higher perceived nursing surveillance capacity had fewer hospital-acquired pressure ulcers, higher CMS quality rankings and a lower rate of perceived missed care than those with lower perceived nursing surveillance capacity.
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Women who miscarry are more likely to have a subsequent successful pregnancy if they conceive within six months, according to a data review whose findings run counter to World Health Organization recommendations to wait at least six months after miscarrying to conceive again. Researchers analyzed existing data and found that repeat miscarriage and preterm birth were less likely if subsequent conception was within six months, compared with women who waited longer to become pregnant again.
Researchers found little or no difference in symptom relief or satisfaction after one year in elderly veterans with depression who received eight weeks of psychotherapy through in-home videoconferencing technology or through clinician office visits. The findings in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry were based on 241 veterans ages 58 and older.
Young adults with life-limiting medical conditions have significant palliative care needs, writes nurse researcher Betty Ferrell of the City of Hope National Medical Center, and a study in the Journal of Palliative Medicine outlines issues in providing services to this patient group. Challenges in transitioning patients with complex conditions from pediatric to adult care generally also are present in the palliative care transition, Ferrell writes.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced a final rule to prohibit smoking in all public housing developments nationwide within the next 18 months to reduce smoking health risks, particularly for children and the elderly. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Lung Association released a joint statement supporting the ruling but expressed disappointment over the exclusion of e-cigarettes and other federally subsidized housing in the ban.
A number of artificial intelligence and deep learning technologies have been introduced by IBM companies Merge Healthcare and Watson Health for facilitating medical imaging. IBM has also unveiled technological advancements for interpreting image information and is working on solutions for analytics automation and comparison of images with EHR data, genomic tests and lab results, among others.
Eight school districts in the Finger Lakes Area Schools Health Plan in New York are competing in a University of Rochester wellness pilot that focuses on personal assessments and biometric screenings. The competition, aimed at increasing employee participation, provides winning schools with additional wellness funds.
A study in Annals of Family Medicine identified seven themes for a conceptual model showing how health coaches and patients work together. Researchers gathered data from focus groups and interviews done with patients, health coaches and clinicians at six primary care clinics.
Seema Verma, President-elect Donald Trump's choice to lead the CMS, worked with Vice President-elect Mike Pence on Indiana's Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act and helped shape the Medicaid waiver proposals of states including Iowa and Michigan. Indiana's program requires beneficiaries to pay monthly premiums, imposes penalties for missed payments and encourages careful budgeting of health services.
Eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals attesting to stage 3 meaningful use are being given flexibilities to the EHR Incentive Program requirements under the final rule for the 2017 Outpatient Prospective Payment System issued by the CMS last month. The revisions, including the removal of some reporting requirements and extending hardship exemptions to eligible providers transitioning to the Merit-based Incentive Program System next year, aim to reduce the administrative burden, allowing hospitals to focus on providing quality health care and optimizing and updating their EHR technology, the CMS said.
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