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March 17, 2015
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Study: Patient hand-off tool may not be enough at night
A widely used patient hand-off tool may not fully address nighttime clinical issues for hospital staff, according to a report in the Journal of Hospital Medicine. Researchers found that in 94.4% of patient encounters at night, a nurse or patient chart was used for information, compared with 27.7% of encounters that used the hand-off tool. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (3/16)
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Hospital NICUs offer donated breast milk for preemies
Some hospital NICUs are offering to provide donated breast milk for premature infants, as an alternative to formula, when mothers are not able to produce milk. Dr. Martha Caprio of NYU Langone Medical Center said maternal milk can improve outcomes for low birth weight babies. Daily News (New York) (3/16)
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A Guide to the Joint Commission's Communication Goal: Four Tips
Poor communication among caregivers is a leading root cause of sentinel events in hospitals. Read this eye-opening guide for four tips to improve how caregivers share information. Read the guide now.
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MedPAC calls for reducing long-term hospital payment incentives
A Medicare Payment Advisory Commission report said Medicare's plans to limit the number of long-term hospital patients who qualify for higher payments are not enough and called for better efforts to discourage the link between length-of-stay and payment incentives. MedPAC suggested that long-term hospital patients who spend at least eight days in an ICU should qualify for higher payments, not three days as proposed by Medicare. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (3/15)
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Burwell tells physicians HHS is working to addresses challenges in medicine
HHS is working to address regulatory burdens affecting physicians by making improvements to EHR usability and health care delivery, Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said at the American Medical Association National Advocacy Conference. She also emphasized the goal of permanently addressing the sustainable growth rate formula. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (3/13)
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How Much Do You Really Need to Make? The Answer May Shock You
Rather than focus on what you can afford to pull out of the business to cover your living expenses, you need to focus on how much you need to earn at your business in order to afford the lifestyle you want to have. This is where the Personal Earnings Goal, or PEG, comes into play. Learn how to calculate your PEG and find out how much you really need to make.
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ICUs use IT for better safety, shared decision-making
ICUs are being redesigned to put more emphasis on patient safety and shared decision-making that includes honoring stated care goals. Hospitals are using new technologies and devices to monitor for potential patient harm and to provide Web-based portals and tool kits for families. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (3/16)
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Texas hospital joins TeleNICU system for better preemie care
Lake Pointe Medical Center in Rowlett, Texas, joined the TeleNICU program at Children's Health System of Texas. Lake Pointe neonatologists will be able to consult with experts at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and the partnership may allow more critically ill infants to remain in Rowlett instead of needing a transfer to another facility. Star Local Media (Plano, Texas) (3/16)
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How to Achieve IT Agility: A Survival Guide for IT Decision Makers
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