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A healthcare improvement company has released a report detailing how hospitals can reduce length-of-stay in intensive care units (ICUs), with cardiac procedures presenting the biggest opportunity for trimming inefficiencies.

Six healthcare organizations have been awarded grants from the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) to develop models to improve prediabetes awareness, screening and referral to diabetes prevention programs, the ACPM announced Dec. 14.

Having patients self-administer IV antibiotics has been associated with improved outcomes and lower healthcare costs, but many physicians don’t trust the patients to safely care for themselves at home, according to an article in NEJM Catalyst.

An exodus of baby boomer nurses from the U.S. workforce has already begun and will rapidly progress over the next few years, a recent survey indicates.

A recent survey suggests medical orders are commonly transmitted via text message even though the majority of respondents said their facilities have policies prohibiting the practice.

 

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Report: Cardiac procedures have high variability in ICU lengths of stay

A healthcare improvement company has released a report detailing how hospitals can reduce length-of-stay in intensive care units (ICUs), with cardiac procedures presenting the biggest opportunity for trimming inefficiencies.

ACPM awards grants to improve prediabetes screening, referral

Six healthcare organizations have been awarded grants from the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) to develop models to improve prediabetes awareness, screening and referral to diabetes prevention programs, the ACPM announced Dec. 14.

Trained patients can self-administer IV antibiotics at home—but doctors don’t trust them

Having patients self-administer IV antibiotics has been associated with improved outcomes and lower healthcare costs, but many physicians don’t trust the patients to safely care for themselves at home, according to an article in NEJM Catalyst.

Widespread retirement of baby boomer RNs presents challenges for cardiovascular care

An exodus of baby boomer nurses from the U.S. workforce has already begun and will rapidly progress over the next few years, a recent survey indicates.

Survey highlights prevalence, risks of text messaging medical orders

A recent survey suggests medical orders are commonly transmitted via text message even though the majority of respondents said their facilities have policies prohibiting the practice.

'E-health' offers a wealth of options for improving care—but we're not there yet

As medical technologies and research advance in the digital age, clinicians are faced with the field of “e-health,” a growing and shifting subset of the healthcare industry that’s opened up a wealth of opportunities to create more streamlined practices.

AHA, AMA recognize 310 health providers for work in controlling hypertension

Just weeks after the American Heart Association announced its first update to national hypertension guidelines in more than a decade, the organization and the American Medical Association are honoring 310 physician practices and health systems for their work in combating high blood pressure.

Physician details biomarkers research, clinical applications

Cardiac biomarkers expert James L. Januzzi, MD, spoke with Cardiovascular Business about his latest research and where he sees biomarker testing heading in the next few years.

HIV patients less likely to be prescribed aspirin, statins despite increased cardiovascular risk

People with HIV and risk factors for heart disease and stroke are less likely to receive prescriptions for statins and aspirin than those without HIV, according to a study in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

TCT 2017: Physicians explore economic merits of minimalist approach to TAVR, ‘prehab’ programs

During the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) scientific symposium, Michael J. Rinaldi, MD, showed a survey of 92 health systems in which 52 percent reported an average negative margin on TAVR procedures. In an hour-long session, Rinaldi and other experts agreed shortening hospital stays and reducing the number of days spent in the intensive care unit (ICU) are key aspects in making TAVR more profitable for hospitals.

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