As a proposed JCAHO patient safety goal, many hospitalists have become involved in rapid response teams, although their value has not been definitely proven. In the prospective single-center cohort, implementation of a rapid response team did not result in any significant change in hospital-wide codes or death (abstract). However, given that each hospital will vary in the composition and alert triggers for their rapid response teams, institutional outcome evaluations are critical to determine the value of individual institution’s teams.
“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 […]