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Physician Recruitment: How to Give It a Boost

Posted by Tim Callahan on Mar 23, 2018 6:45:00 AM

The U.S. population is both growing and aging. With these shifts comes a projected shortage of physicians — up to 104,900 by the year 2030, as a recent report from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) notes.

This shortage not only presents obstacles in patient care, but it also introduces new stresses to physician recruitment. Healthcare facilities need to find creative ways to get in front of physician candidates during their job search and pique their interest.

Here are four ways to boost your physician recruitment.

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Profile of Excellence: Dr. Craig R. Smith

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Mar 21, 2018 7:30:00 AM

Chair, Department of Surgery; Surgeon-in-Chief, New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center
92th AATS President (2011-2012)

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Topics: Cardiothoracic

KDOQI 20th Anniversary Video Celebrates Milestone

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Mar 19, 2018 5:46:00 AM

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (KDOQI) with release of a KDOQI 20th Anniversary Video. The video highlights the importance of the guidelines to kidney patient care and includes interviews with some of the most prominent nephrologists, many of whom worked on the original DOQI and KDOQI guidelines.


NKF published its first evidence-based clinical practice guidelines in nephrology under the Dialysis Outcomes Quality Initiative (DOQI) banner in 1997. DOQI w

as soon expanded to KDOQI as the need to treat kidney disease earlier to improve outcomes for all patients with kidney disease was recognized.

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New CMS Payment Model Presents Potential Ethical Conflicts of Interest

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Mar 14, 2018 6:41:00 AM

In 2013, Medicare spent nearly $33 billion to care for persons with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Dialysis patients are hospitalized nearly twice per year on an average and spend about 11 days in the hospital per year. Such hospitalizations account for about 40% of Medicare expenditures for dialysis patients. Moreover, Medicare’s medium per-patient cost for the last 30 days of life was $20,731 in 2013.

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Profile of Excellence: Dr. Robert B. Wallace

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Mar 12, 2018 7:30:00 AM

Former Chairman of Departments of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Mayo Clinic and Georgetown University School of Medicine; 75th AATS President (1994-1995)

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Topics: Cardiothoracic

How Dialysis Clinics Can Prevent Infection

Posted by Deborah Brouwer-Maier RN, CNN on Mar 7, 2018 6:18:00 AM

Protecting patients from bloodstream infections (BSIs) should be a top priority for any dialysis clinic. Dialysis patients are at high-risk for infections as the bloodstream is being repeatedly exposed for access, and patients’ immune systems are compromised.

Dialysis patients with central lines experience an estimated 37,000 BSIs per year, with 1 in 4 of those cases resulting in death. Additionally, patients are hospitalized for infection to the tune of $23,000. Nephrology experts agree that this potentially deadly and costly BSI problem is preventable when dialysis clinics follow some important guidelines.

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Topics: patient communication

3 Ways a Checklist can Help Improve Patient Communication

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Mar 5, 2018 6:15:00 AM

Checklists are an invaluable tool that help us organize priorities and processes, and accomplish important tasks in an intentional order. Almost ten years ago, doctors from John Hopkins University created a checklist for central line insertion that resulted in a 70% decrease in central line-related infections. Since then, checklists have become ubiquitous in the medical field, leading to successes like global reductions in surgical morbidity and mortality, and improving the quality of care overall. A recent study found that hospitals who used the World Health Orga

nization’s Surgical Safety Checklist had a drop of 22% in post-operative deaths.

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Topics: patient communication

7 Healthcare Trends to Watch in 2018

Posted by Tim Callahan on Feb 28, 2018 6:15:00 AM

After a rollercoaster year in the spotlight, healthcare remains one of the top concerns for our country — in fact, 47% of Americans named it one of their top two issues this year. And while governmental policies are a large part of shaping the healthcare landscape, fields like technology, science, information management and consumer demands also make a huge impact. Take a peek at 7 healthcare trends to watch for in 2018 below.

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Topics: technology trends

Profile of Excellence: Dr. F. Griffith Pearson

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Feb 26, 2018 7:30:00 AM

70th AATS President (1989-1990)
Legendary thoracic surgery pioneer:

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Topics: Cardiothoracic

Transonic HD Measurements Included in Core Curriculum’s 6th Edition for the Dialysis Technician

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Feb 21, 2018 7:30:00 AM

More than 650,000 persons in the U.S. and more than 2,000,000 worldwide have kidney failure. Though dialysis basics were said to have been founded thousands of years ago, modern dialysis now gives the more than 468,000 persons in the United States who are on dialysis an opportunity to live more normal and productive lives.

To keep dialysis technicians up to date on the latest ways to care for their hemodialysis patients, a non-profit Medical Education Institute spends one full year out of every five to update a comprehensive review of hemodialysis for the dialysis technician. The fundamental goal of the Core Curriculum for the Dialysis Technician is to provide excellence in care for patients living with kidney disease. Nephrology nurses and certified dialysis technicians, in particular, seek to provide safe, effective dialysis that enables their patients to enjoy their lives to the fullest extent.

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