This was an analysis of the effect of a team training program for surgical personnel, initiated within the VA hospital system. Surgical outcomes were compared between the team-training site and the non-team-training sites, as well as historical data. The team training consisted of 2 months prep work, 1 day conference, and quarterly coaching interviews. The team training sites had significant reductions in overall surgical mortality (reduced 18% in the team-training sites, vs 7% in the non-team-training sites). Team training is associated with lower surgical mortality (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 […]