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More than 80 percent of 30-day readmissions following surgery are due to patient factors
Cardiovascular Business
An analysis of eight surgical subspecialties at Johns Hopkins hospital found that more than 80 percent of the variability in 30-day readmissions was due to individual patient factors. The overall readmission rate was 13.2 percent, including 9.6 percent of patients who underwent cardiac surgery. Lead researcher Faiz Gani, MBBS, and colleagues collected data from all patients discharged from Johns Hopkins hospital after undergoing surgery from Jan. 1, 2009, through Dec. 31, 2013. Results were published online in JAMA Surgery on Aug. 5.
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Register now for the 2015 ACMA Leadership Conference
Register now for the 2015 ACMA Leadership Conference, Nov. 16-17 in Anaheim, California. Sessions will examine where case management intersects with finance, technology and human resources — discussing what new case management leaders need to know to work effectively in these areas as well as opportunities for case management advancement in each. Register by October 19th and SAVE $100! Register today at
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Celebrate National Case Management Week 2015
NCMW: Oct. 11-17

National Case Management Week (NCMW) is a great time to recognize your coworkers and staff for their dedication and service. The theme this year is "Case Management: A Patient's Partner in Healthcare."

Ensure you have everything you need to celebrate NCMW on October 11-17 — to see the NCMW 2015 logo and a large selection of NCMW items, visit the online store — click here.

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Research: Web-based tools help improve patient engagement, communication
Healthcare Informatics
Web-based toolkits used by patients and/or their healthcare providers in the hospital setting have the potential to increase patient engagement and improve communication with clinicians, according a new study led by researchers at Boston-based Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH). The research study, "Promoting Respect and Ongoing Safety through Patient-centeredness, Engagement, Communication, and Technology (PROSPECT)," provided patients and their caregivers with iPads on which they could access novel tools to participate in their plan of care during hospitalization.
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CDC: Superbugs on the rise because facilities don't work together
Individual organization-wide efforts are not enough to fight the rise of antibiotic-resistant superbugs and healthcare leaders must work together to prevent the spread of the deadly infections, warns the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Antibiotic-resistant germs, considered the health crisis of this generation, cause more than two million illnesses and at least 23,000 deaths each year in the U.S., according to the CDC. The deadliest germs include methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Clostridium difficile and carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae.
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When patients manage doctors
The Wall Street Journal
One in four Americans lives with more than one chronic illness; three out of four among those 65 and older. Managing those people's health care is often difficult. Integrated health systems, such as Kaiser Permanente and Mayo Clinic, aim to ensure that treatment for one condition doesn’t interfere with care the patient is receiving for other diseases. Often, however, the responsibility of coordinating treatments falls on the patients themselves.
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To improve patient satisfaction, hospitals target sleep disruptions
To help patients get a better night's sleep, many providers are working to reduce or reschedule late-night activities, according to CNN. Providers are seeking solutions to the many obstacles to sleep that hospital patients encounter, according to the article, as well as the poor coordination that exacerbates them in many hospitals. Simple fixes include giving nurses the option to align medicine administration to patients' sleep schedules, rescheduling floor-washing or creating checklists of tasks that must be completed before 11 p.m., Margaret Pisani, an associate professor at Yale School of Medicine, tells CNN.
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How Google Glass can save lives
Even though the prototype was panned by many critics and a new version isn't due out until next year, Google Glass is finding willing users in healthcare. One recent test found that it may have even saved the lives of several poison victims in a hospital ED. The latest success story comes from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where researchers used the interactive eyewear on a test of toxicology consults at UMass Memorial Medical Center.
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Rural patients less likely to receive follow-up care after discharge
Rural Medicare patients have lower rates of follow-up care after discharge, an important safeguard against preventable readmissions and other complications, according to a new study published in Medical Care. Researchers, led by Matthew Toth, Ph.D., then of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, analyzed data from the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey covering about 12,000 Medicare patients admitted to hospitals between 2000 and 2010, about a third of whom lived in rural communities. Toth and his team further divided the rural patients into those living in large, small and isolated areas.
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Special Report: Collaboration, risk-taking drive healthcare innovation
In an industry as rapidly evolving as healthcare, it seems it would be easy to create, propel and sustain innovative solutions to some of the most pressing problems. Yet a field with such deep roots — and such high stakes — also can be slow to change. One reason innovation is slow is that healthcare is extremely fragmented, Cara Sterling, director of Harvard Business School's Health Care Initiative, told FierceHealthcare in an exclusive interview.
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It seems sometimes 'state' really means 'state' in Affordable Care Act
Washington Post
One of the most popular provisions in the Affordable Care Act gives young adults the option of staying on their parents' health insurance plan until they turn 26. It's been so popular, in fact, that less than half of all eligible employees under 26 enrolled in an employer-provided health plan in 2015. Many instead opted to stay insured under mom and dad. In late July, Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey introduced a similar bill in Congress extending government-subsidized health insurance to foster youth until they turn 26.
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