Bundled Payments, C. diff, Hospital-Acquired Anemia & More in HM News

SHM & Hospital Medicine in the News: May 11 – May 25, 2017
Check out the latest hospital medicine and SHM-related stories in mainstream and healthcare news. For the full stories, click on the links below:

5 Building Blocks for Success With Bundled Payments
While partisan wrangling over health care reform dominates the headlines, bundled payment programs continue to proliferate across the United States. A body of evidence, mostly in orthopedics, shows that such programs can improve outcomes, control costs or both.

May 23, 2017
Hospitals & Health Networks
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Occupying C. Diff-Contaminated Hospital Areas Significantly Increases Infection Risk
When a patient is in a hospital area previously occupied by someone with a Clostridium difficile infection, that patient is much more likely to develop a C. diff infection, according to a study presented at Hospital Medicine 2017. Hospital Medicine 2017 is the annual meeting of the Society of Hospital Medicine in Las Vegas.

May 16, 2017
Becker’s Health Review
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1 in 3 Hospitalized Patients Experience Hospital-Acquired Anemia, Study Shows
Hospital-acquired anemia, a condition in which patients’ red blood cells decrease, is quite common and can heighten the risk of death or readmission, according to a study published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine. The study, conducted by Dallas-based University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center researchers, included 11,000 patients in six hospitals.

May 18, 2017
Becker’s Hospital Review
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Study: Medicare Audit, Appeals Process Exceeded 4.5 Years Due to Backlog
A Medicare backlog significantly holds up the audits and appeals process, according to a study published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine. Researchers examined complex Medicare Part A audits and appeals for services before Oct. 1, 2013, that reached level three of the appeals process as of May 1, 2016. Study authors included data from Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Hospital, University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics in Madison and University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

May 12, 2017
Becker’s Hospital Review
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Incidental Findings From Chest Scans Costly, Lengthen Hospital Stay
In a new study of 376 patients who complained of chest pains, it was found that routine imaging scans uncovered incidental findings in more than half of the patients — only 7 percent of which were medically significant. The researchers, who have published their findings in the May issue of the Journal of Hospital Medicine, are urging radiologists and hospitals to find ways to safely reduce the added cost and potential risk of keeping these patients in the hospital longer than necessary.

May 15, 2017
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Felicia Steele

Felicia joined the Society of Hospital Medicine in November of 2016 and serves as the Marketing Communications Specialist. She is responsible for overseeing day-to-day social media engagement, developing content that supports SHM’s brand and core values, monitoring SHM’s media coverage and assisting in the moderation of SHM’s online community, HMX.

Prior to her role at SHM, Ms. Steele was the Sales & Marketing Assistant at The MandMarblestone Group, LLC, a tax law consulting firm. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Public Health from Temple University.

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