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CMS Implements Payment Model for CABG Surgery

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Aug 9, 2017 8:30:00 AM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is striving to improve the efficiency and quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries undergoing CABG surgery. CME also is seeking to elevate collaboration among hospitals, physicians and post-acute care providers to improve the coordination of care for the Medicare patient from the CABG patient’s initial hospitalization through a 90-day recovery period following hospital discharge.

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Topics: CABG Surgery

Ventricular Assist Devices Extend Heart Failure Patients’ Lives

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Aug 7, 2017 8:00:00 AM

An estimated 5.7 million Americans experience heart failure. Of these, nearly 1 million have end-stage heart failure and are no longer responsive to maximal medical therapy.

The ultimate goal for these patients is to receive a heart transplant. But, only 2 to 4 percent will receive a new heart. Many will die waiting for a transplant. In the interim, many of these patients can now depend on a variety of mechanical circulatory support devices to augment, replace or restore the function of the body’s most essential pump, the heart.

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Does Physician Age Impact Patient Outcomes?

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Aug 2, 2017 7:30:00 AM

Can a physician’s age affect whether his or her patient dies? Does physician age impact patient outcomes? Researchers wanted to find out, and what they discovered was surprising.

Researchers in England examined a group of elderly U.S. patients on Medicare who had serious illnesses, required hospital admission and who were being cared for by a hospitalist. They found that the mortality rate rose to 12 percent for those patients who were cared for by physicians aged 60 and up. The mortality rate was a little over 11.3 percent for those aged 50-59, just over 11 percent for those in their 40s and 10.8 percent for those doctors under age 40.

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Topics: physician age

Does Gender Affect Physician Pay?

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Jul 31, 2017 7:30:00 AM

Women earned 83 percent of what men earned in 2015, according to Pew Research Center. For younger adults — those between 25 and 34 — this pay gap has narrowed with women earning 90 percent of what men earn.

For physicians, however, the gender pay gap isn’t shrinking. In fact, it’s quite large. A new survey has found female doctors earn approximately 20 percent less than their male counterparts.

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Topics: physician compensation

Trial Finds Transonic Surveillance Reduces Rate of Thromboses & Costs

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Jul 26, 2017 7:30:00 AM

“I love this machine!” exclaimed Dr. Inés Aragoncillo when a slide displaying the Transonic Hemodialysis Monitor, was shown at the recent American Association of Nephrology (ASN) convention in Chicago. Dr. Aragoncillo was presenting the findings of her three-year RCT in which she and her colleagues studied the addition of ultrasound Doppler and ultrasound dilution (Transonic) surveillance to classic vascular access monitoring in their hemodialysis patients.

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Topics: Hemodialysis

Kidney Care News to Know

Posted by Deborah Brouwer-Maier RN, CNN on Jul 24, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Lifeline Vascular Access Names Chief Medical Officer

Lifeline Vascular Access, a subsidiary of DaVita Inc., has named Dr.

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Topics: kidney care

What Keeps Hospital Execs Up at Night: 5 Things to Know

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Jul 19, 2017 8:45:00 AM

Hospital executives may be having trouble sleeping lately due to the ever-changing complexities of our healthcare system. Despite this, administrators can still implement systems that help their facility’s cost-effectiveness and provide optimal patient care. What keeps hospital execs up at night? Here are five concerns.

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Topics: Hospital Administration

Top Cardiothoracic Surgeons in 2017

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Jul 17, 2017 8:30:00 AM

In 2007, medicine’s most famous feud ended. For 40 years, Drs. Michael DeBakey and Denton Cooley had barely spoken to each other. It started in 1960 when Cooley left DeBakey’s practice to work at St. Luke’s Hospital in Texas — and eventually start the Texas Heart Institute.

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Topics: Cardiothoracic

5 Ways Huddles Can Benefit Your Dialysis Clinic

Posted by Deborah Brouwer-Maier RN, CNN on Jul 12, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Football fans probably are very familiar with the concept of a team huddle and its role in a successful game. Although your dialysis clinic isn’t a football field, huddles are key to improving and sustaining quality care. Today, we’ll give a quick definition of a huddle, and look at five ways huddles can benefit your dialysis clinic.

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Topics: VA Flow & Patency

Kidney Care News to Know

Posted by Deborah Brouwer-Maier RN, CNN on Jul 10, 2017 8:30:00 AM

DaVita Income Lower in Q1

DaVita reported income for Q1 of 2017 was 21 percent less than the same time last year. The drop in income was attributed to lower ACA enrollment among dialysis patients, an increase in wages for clinical staff and adjusted operating income for pharmacy operations.

Source: Nephrology News & Issues

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Topics: kidney care

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