Common Cancer Tests and Cost Effectiveness

“Cancer” remains one of the most frightening words a patient can hear from a diagnosing physician, even after decades of cancer research has led to better survival rates. Improved prevention and treatment are among the reason cancer mortality rates have declined as oncologists continue to gain more insight regarding why and when people get cancer….

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Common Cardiac Tests and Cost Effectiveness

Preventive cardiac care has made considerable strides in the past 30 years. Heart testing and monitoring has become progressively more sophisticated. Prospective studies have researched heart healing and aging. In that time, it has become common practice for people to undergo screening exercise electrocardiograms (ECG), stress testing, or annual ECGs starting in middle age. Moving…

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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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