This large derivation and validation cohort found the following factors independently increased the risk of 30 day readmissions (known as the HOSPITAL score): Hemoglobin at discharge, Oncology service discharge, Sodium at discharge, Procedure during index admission, Index Type of admission, Admits in last 12 months, and Length of stay. Although a single center study, the score had good discriminatory power (C statistic 0.71) and may be useful for predicting readmissions if further validated (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 […]