Nurse Licensure Delays in Virginia

Nurses must meet two requirements to be licensed in Virginia. New nurse graduates must pass the national licensing examination and undergo a live finger print scan. Nurses licensed in another state who wish to practice in Virginia must possess a license in good standing from another state, and they must undergo a live finger print…

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Pressure Ulcer Prevention

Pressure ulcers have been recognized as a disease entity through the ages – even some mummies from 5,000 years ago were found to have them.1 Today, our understanding of pressure ulcers, or bed sores, focuses on the fact that they are potentially preventable complications of hospitalization. As such, pressure ulcers have been a patient safety…

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How Medicare-Only Patient Analysis Impacts Hospital Readmission Rankings

Beginning with 2016 third quarter data, VHHA is providing hospital standardized readmission rankings using Medicare-only patient data, as well as all-payer patient data because hospitals officials have expressed interest in seeing the population that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reviews. Considering the concerns that patients with multiple readmissions are often younger and…

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Readmissions Reduction Program Snapshot

Established under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Readmissions Reduction Program (RRP) requires reduced payments to inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) hospitals with excess discharges occurring as of Oct. 1, 2012. The program is intended to assess the number of unplanned hospital readmissions within 30 days of index…

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The Pattern of Buprenorphine Users Filling Other Opioid Prescriptions

Last month, AHA News Now highlighted addiction research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.1 The study’s authors found that 43 percent of patients receiving buprenorphine for opioid addiction filled prescriptions for other opioids during their treatment. Another 67 percent filled a prescription for an opioid in the 12 months following treatment. The…

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Value-Based Purchasing

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) program began in October 2012 as a Medicare pay-for-performance program. Here’s how it works: a percentage of a hospital’s Medicare reimbursement is withheld, and the funds held in reserve are redistributed among hospitals based on performance. The VBP program is a redistributive program, not…

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