There is a longstanding but unproven belief that shortening LOS will lead to higher readmission rates. This study of 129 VA hospitals over 14 years found significant decreases in both LOS and readmissions among 5 diagnoses; hospitals with shorter LOS did have higher readmission rates, with ~ a 6% increase in readmissions for every day reduction in LOS. More research needs to be done to determine the “tipping point” between reducing LOS and increasing readmissions (abstract).
The question of appropriate ward garb is a problem for the ages. Compared to photo stills and films from the 1960s, the doctors of today appear like vagabonds. No ties, no lab coats, and scrub tops have become the norm for a number (a majority ?) of hospital-based docs—and even more so on the surgical […]
Prices from a chargemaster are “what a drunken billionaire would pay a hospital if his wife were not around to control the bastard.” — Uwe Reinhardt You might be asking why such an outlandish quote? Last week CMS proposed* to change the way patients see the costs of hospital bills. So what you might utter. […]
“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 […]