In this before-after study, a 24 bed surgical ICU introduced a checklist of 14 quality items. It was first made available for use, then its use mandated. Verbal consideration of the items improved from 91% to 100% after the mandate. Clinical care improvements occurred with DVT prophylaxis, stress ulcer prophylaxis, oral care for ventilated patients, electrolyte repletion, initiation of physical therapy, and restraint orders. This adds to the literature that standardized care check lists can improve care quality in many different settings and patient populations (abstract).
“Membership in the American Academy of Professional Coders has risen to more than 170,000 today from roughly 70,000 in 2008.” “The AMA owns the copyright to CPT, the code used by doctors. It publishes coding books and dictionaries. It also creates new codes when doctors want to charge for a new procedure. It levies a […]
Yeah, I know the headline drew you in. I sleuthed ya—but I have a reason. A study out in BMJ today, and its timing is uncanny given the immigration ban we are now experiencing. First, to declare my priors. I will take an IMG to work by my side any day of the week. You need […]
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has not updated its rules (“conditions for participation”) for nursing homes in twenty-five years. Late last year they finally did. Many of the changes will have an impact on the daily lives of NH residents but are far removed from hospital medicine. Think a resident’s ability to […]