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August 21, 2015
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Tele-ICUs may be answer to intensivist shortage
Telemedicine may be a good option for ICUs as U.S. hospitals face increased patient volumes and a shortage of intensivists, according to data from Eagle Telemedicine. Data showed 500,000 patients are monitored annually by tele-ICU systems, which reduced the need for traditional intensivist staffing by 75% at one hospital. mHealth News (8/20)
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Rural hospitals band together to stay financially viable
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Rural hospitals are forming alliances that allow them to negotiate better pricing deals for supplies and services and to work together on recruiting, technology and training issues. Hospitals hope the strategy will keep them financially viable and open so patients do not have to travel to get health care. "In medicine, distance lessens the chances of survival," said Pam Noland, director of nursing at Northern Cochise Community Hospital. Stateline (8/17)
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Reduced hospital LOS linked to patient navigators, study says
Hospital length of stay for patients who were assisted by patient navigators was 6.2 days, compared with 7.5 days for patients who did not get help, researchers reported in the Journal of Hospital Medicine. Study data showed use of patient navigators did not affect 30-day readmission rates. News (8/20)
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Health group publishes checklist to help hospitals transition to ICD-10
A checklist for hospitals leading up the Oct. 1 ICD-10 code deadline has been prepared by the American Hospital Association. The list covers financial protection as well as verification of the readiness of internal systems and external partners. EHR Intelligence (8/18), Health Data Management (8/18)
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