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December 9, 2014
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Study examines factors related to NICU mortality
A study in Pediatrics found 31% of NICU deaths were linked to potentially modifiable risk factors, the most common of which was delivery at a health care facility that lacked proper support. Researchers said most early gestational age infants died from extremely low birth weight, intracranial hemorrhages and sepsis. 2 Minute Medicine (12/8)
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Study links higher RSV mortality to infants with comorbidities
University of Utah researchers reported infants with life-threatening or complex chronic illness may be more likely to die of respiratory syncytial virus. The study in Pediatrics found that infants who died had longer hospital stays and codes for serious conditions, such as sepsis or surgical complications, in addition to RSV. Medscape (free registration) (12/8)
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Hospital groups ask congressional leaders to push ICD-10 transition in 2015
The American Hospital Association is one of eight groups asking Congress to hold firm to the ICD-10 transition that is set for Oct. 1, 2015. In a letter sent Friday to congressional leaders, the groups said previous delays in the ICD-10 conversion have not only been expensive and disruptive to physicians but also have affected health care payment, payment reform, public health and health care delivery. AHA News Now (12/5)
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ACOs are integral to quality, high-value care, HHS secretary says
Data-driven accountable care and better patient safety protocols have saved some 50,000 lives and saved the U.S. health care system $12 billion since 2010, HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said at the recent CMS Quality Conference. Continuing the shift toward patient-centered, value-based accountable care will further rein in spending and improve quality, Burwell said. EHR Intelligence (12/3)
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Trends and Technology
Survey shows growth in telemedicine
A survey by Milwaukee law firm Foley & Lardner found 90% of health care leaders nationwide said their organizations were developing or had implemented a telemedicine program. Data showed 64% used remote monitoring, including Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network, which implemented a virtual ICU about 10 years ago. BizTimes Milwaukee (12/8)
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Conn. hospital adds helicopter to improve critical care services
Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut is sharing a SkyHealth helicopter with North Shore Long Island Jewish Hospital to improve critical care services. Medical director Dr. Evie Marcolini said the helicopter can provide care closer to that offered by an ICU, an option not available using ground transportation. WTNH-TV (New Haven, Conn.) (12/8)
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