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1. ED protocol reduces admissions, LOS for AFib patients

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | May 21, 2015

A collaborative, multidisciplinary program based on best practices helped a hospital emergency department reduce admissions of atrial fibrillation patients and length of stay for those who were admitted, Massachusetts General Hospital researchers told the Heart Rhythm Society's annual meeting. Senior investigator Dr. Moussa Mansour said there isn't a standardized protocol for ER treatment of atrial fibrillation patients, so many end up being admitted to the hospital. Medscape (free registration) (05/18)


2. Study shows variable outcomes after carotid stenting

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | May 19, 2015

A study published in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions found that hospitals across the U.S. have variable rates of stroke and mortality after carotid artery stent placement, with risk four times higher at some facilities than others. Risk of stroke or death fell between 1.2% and 4.7% after adjusting for patient health, and outcomes were unaffected by the number of procedures performed by the hospital. HealthDay News (05/18)


3. 60% of hospitals in Leapfrog survey meet nurse workforce safety standards

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | May 19, 2015

A Leapfrog Group survey found that 40% of responding hospitals did not comply with all 21 National Quality Forum recommendations on safe nurse workforce practices in 2014. Magnet status from the American Nursing Credentials Center was achieved by 16% of surveyed hospitals, up from 15.5% in 2013. BeckersHospitalReview.com (05/14)


4. Researchers examine rates of harm in hospitalized children

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | May 21, 2015

Two hundred and forty pediatric patient harms were identified in 600 patient charts from six academic children's hospitals, with at least one harm recognized for 23.4% of patients, according to a study in Pediatrics. Researchers said 45% of the harms were potentially or definitely preventable. The most common pediatric patient harms were respiratory distress, pain, constipation, surgical complications, and intravenous catheter infiltrations or burns. BeckersHospitalReview.com (05/18)


5. Study: IT systems may reduce heart failure readmissions

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | May 21, 2015

Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas said hospitals using cardiology and administrative IT systems were more likely to have lower readmission rates for congestive heart failure than hospitals that did not use the systems. The study was published in the journal Information Systems Research. Health Data Management (05/18)


6. Physician group wants less intense, value-based cancer screenings

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | May 19, 2015

The American College of Physicians recommended the use of less intensive and more value-based proven strategies for screening patients for breast, cervical, colorectal, ovarian and prostate cancers. ACP President Wayne Riley said smarter screening comes with informing patients about risks and benefits and encouraging use of appropriate tests at the correct times and intervals. The guideline was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Medscape (free registration) (05/18)


7. AMA supports bill to stop ICD-10 transition

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | May 19, 2015

The American Medical Association has expressed its support for the Cutting Costly Codes Act of 2015, proposed by Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, that would stop HHS from implementing the ICD-10 codes. Dr. Steven Stack, the AMA's incoming president, said that ICD-10 problems are substantial enough that ICD-10 should not be rolled out. He suggested that the industry wait for ICD-11 and transition to the codes properly. Healthcare Finance News (05/15)


8. Physicians moving to private practice should prepare carefully

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | May 19, 2015

An article in Medical Economics advises physicians who want to start a private practice to research and consult other physicians who have already moved to an independent practice. Physicians should consider finances, legal issues and insurance, assemble their teams carefully, and form a partnership with other physicians to ensure that their private practice thrives. PhysiciansBriefing.com (05/18)


9. Cloud-based alert system reduces sepsis deaths, study says

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | May 21, 2015

Medscape (free registration) (05/20)


10. Expert Journal Club Faculty Discussion of CvLPRIT Trial Now Available Online

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | May 19, 2015

The April ACC Journal Club discussion is now available online. View slides and hear experts discuss the "Randomized Trial of Complete Versus Lesion-Only Revascularization in Patients Undergoing Primary PCI for STEMI and Multivessel Disease," published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Visit ACC.org/ACCJournalClub to view the article, learn more about the program, and access a past collection of Journal Club recordings and articles. Also, take the Journal Club 2014 activity to earn 2 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits™ per month and up to 10 MOC II points! The activity includes links to past webinars and articles – including PARADIGM-HF, HPS2-THRIVE, INVEST and more – as well as three multiple choice questions per session. Start the activity. Read more at ACC.org/ACCJournalClub.




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