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1. Discharge summaries may affect readmissions, research shows

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2015

Two studies in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes found discharge summaries may affect quality of care and readmissions. Researchers from Yale School of Medicine found many hospitals did not have high-quality discharge summaries, but summaries that included useful information or were sent to outside clinicians were linked to lower readmission rates. Clinical Innovation + Technology online (01/20)


2. MedPAC concerned by glut of quality measures

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Jan 20, 2015

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has expressed concerns over the increasing volume of Medicare quality standards, stating that the CMS relies on too many measures that may show weak clinical results. The group has also stressed that the increasing measures were overly burdensome for clinicians and may lead to "undesirable payment incentives." Health Industry Washington Watch blog (01/16)


3. Many hospitals find Medicare bonuses are eaten up by penalties

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2015

Data analysis show fewer than 800 hospitals in the U.S. will receive extra money from Medicare quality bonuses out of the 1,700 that earned them. Penalties from two other Medicare programs that track readmissions and hospital-acquired infections will wipe out the bonuses at the remaining hospitals, the report said. Kaiser Health News (01/22)


4. Study: Nurse-to-patient ratio associated with ICU mortality risk

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2015

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5. ACOs are popular among Midwest health care systems

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Jan 20, 2015

Health care systems and clinicians in Midwest states such as Ohio and Wisconsin are forming accountable care organizations to improve care and information sharing and reduce costs. The ACOs will use value-based care principles and advanced clinical analytics to improve population health management and care coordination and increase the number of patient-centered medical homes. Health IT Analytics (01/13)


6. Alert helps medical center reduce 2-unit blood transfusions

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Jan 20, 2015

Dartmouth-Hitchcock has introduced an alert into its EMRs at its Norris Cotton Cancer Center in New Hampshire, in an effort to reduce the unnecessary use of blood transfusions. The feature offers a real-time reminder about evidence-based best practices for transfusions. According to the academic medical center, two-unit transfusions were reduced from 47% to 15% after the best-practice alert was embedded into the computerized physician order entry process. MedCityNews.com (01/19)


7. AMA report shows weekly working hours among physicians

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Jan 20, 2015

A report by the American Medical Association showed most physicians had weekly workloads of 40 to 60 hours, while 23% worked 61 to 80 or more hours. Researchers also found 20% of senior doctors and 20% of middle-aged physicians work more than 60 hours per week, and 5% of younger physicians work more than 80 hours a week. However, about half of physicians across all age groups preferred fewer working hours per week, researchers added. PhysiciansBriefing.com (01/16)


8. Referrals within ACOs can be done ethically, report says

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Jan 20, 2015

A report in the New England Journal of Medicine found that referrals within an accountable care organization can be ethical if certain practices are followed. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University and Brigham and Women's Hospital wrote that referrals should be done with transparency, use of appropriate metrics, such as outcomes and costs, and include proper incentives. PhysiciansBriefing.com (01/14)


9. Cardiovascular Summit Explores Solutions for Thriving in a Time of Change

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2015

The 2015 Cardiovascular Summit, taking place this week in Orlando, Fla., will arm cardiovascular professionals with the information and tools they need to improve patient outcomes and experiences through the delivery of high quality, cost effective care. The diverse array of sessions, covering value-based care strategies and tactics, optimization of health care data and effective leadership skills, will help attendees achieve clinical and business success in these rapidly changing times. Check out the conference line up. Stay tuned to the ACC in Touch Blog for an insider's perspective on the conference. To follow the conversation on Twitter, search @ACCinTouch and #CVSummit. Blank (01/21)


10. BCBSNC database highlights variation in cost of heart care

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2015

Cost estimates for angioplasty with placement of a drug-eluting stent ranged from $18,652 to as much as $40,691 at a selection of North Carolina metropolitan hospitals, according to a new database launched by BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina to bring transparency to the cost of care. The cost of CT angiography of the chest ranged from $527 to $2,147 in the Raleigh area and $566 to $2,030 around the city of Fayetteville. CardiovascularBusiness.com (01/14)




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