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).
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 […]