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Care transitioning — a patient's vital resource
The Grass Valley Union
Although elderly, she had been living alone, enjoying independence with minimal support — until a health crisis made her a patient at Dignity Health Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. After discharge, she would need additional help before she could return to her former lifestyle. Making certain that she got that help is the role of the hospital’s team of nurse case managers.
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'Since You Asked' Committee update
Q: Can inpatient admission orders be made retroactively according to the Medicare FFS regulations?

The "Since You Asked" Committee received a request to clarify if Medicare FFS allows hospitals to roll back admit to inpatient orders. The requester indicated that the practitioner initially placed the patient in observation. After 16 hours the case was reviewed by the case manager, and patient was deemed inpatient. The requester wanted regulatory guidance to confirm whether or not the "admit to inpatient" order could be rolled back to the start of the admission.

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Survey highlights hospital progress, opportunities to promote equitable care
AHA News Now
Hospitals are making progress in key areas that can promote equitable care, but more work needs to be done, according to a biennial benchmarking survey released today by the AHA's Institute for Diversity in Health Management. For example, 86 percent of hospitals surveyed in 2013 educated all clinical staff during orientation about how to address the unique cultural and linguistic factors affecting the care of diverse patients and communities, up from 81 percent in 2011, and 65 percent of hospitals require all employees to attend diversity training, which is up from 61 percent. Nearly all hospitals are collecting patient demographic data on race, ethnicity and primary language, but only one in five are using the data to identify disparities in treatment or outcomes. While minorities represent 31 percent of hospital patients nationally, up from 29 percent in 2011, only 14 percent of hospital board members and 12 percent of executive leadership were minorities. However, half of hospitals are funding sustainable diversity and cultural competency initiatives; 58 percent have a program to identify diverse candidates for promotion opportunities; and 78 percent collaborate with other health care organizations to improve workforce training and educational programs in the community. "As a progress report, this survey highlights where we need to focus our collective energy to ensure improvement in equitable care and diversity continues," said AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock. The survey was released at the Institute's National Leadership and Education Conference in Chicago. Institute President and CEO Fred Hobby said the survey results "will be useful for us as we target new areas and implement new programs to improve our work in the field."
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Senate Appropriations Subcommittee approves HHS spending bill
On June 10, a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee approved the FY 2015 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill. The spending bill provides $156.77 billion in discretionary funding, the same amount as the FY 2014 level. Included in this bill is $265 million for Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education, the same as was budgeted in FY 2014. President Barack Obama has proposed cuts to Children's Hospitals GME, rural health programs and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, but the American Hospital Association has urged the senate to reject these cuts and to increase funding for several quality care initiatives.
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Improve your department's efficiency with Compare
Compare Benchmarking continues to grow not only in the number of participating hospitals and health systems, but also in the scope of services offered. Some recent additions include:
  • Tools to help staff assess readmission root causes and prevent additional readmissions, including a patient interview tool and a tool to facilitate communication with post-acute providers.
  • Enhanced content and frequency of staff training webinars. Subscribing hospitals are able to utilize this valuable resource to train and ensure competency on avoidable delays, denials and readmissions. The webinars include a competency test, and participants receive CEs for their participation.
These enhancements are in addition to the core of ACMA Compare — providing powerful tools and benchmarking to facilitate change related to avoidable delays, readmissions and denials.

If you would like to know more about Compare and evaluate it for your organization, please contact Randall Archer, director of sales and product development, at

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Educational opportunities near you
The conference season is about to start, so make plans to attend your chapter's upcoming conference. For a full list of conferences through the end of this year, scroll down to the calendar of events at the bottom of briefCASE. Dates, locations and links to the brochure are provided.
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Undermining the doctor-patient relationship
Pacific Standard
With all of the buzz surrounding meaningful use in health care these days, you'd be forgiven for thinking that something truly revolutionary — and meaningful — is transforming the quality of care that patients receive. Meaningful Use refers to a set of provisions tucked away in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, passed into law in 2009. It mandates that physicians use electronic health records in specific ways to benefit patients, and provides financial incentives to physicians who document their adherence; over time, these incentives will transform into financial penalties for those who do not comply.
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Hospitals find ways to navigate homeless into shelters
Los Angeles Daily News
Almost once a week, Guadalupe Tolentino's liver and bloodstream drown in liquor and sorrow, and that gets him a free ambulance ride to Kaiser Permanente's Emergency Department. There, doctors and nurses flush the alcohol out of the 55-year-old man's veins with IV fluids, calm his tremors with vitamins and medications and, if he stays long enough, provide him a meal and clean clothes.
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Court: Hospital violated patient's rights with 'do not resuscitate' order
The Guardian
The family of a woman who died in one of Britain's best-known hospitals have won their claim that her rights were violated when an order not to attempt resuscitation was put on her medical records without her being consulted. The case of Janet Tracey, a care home manager who died at Addenbrooke's hospital, Cambridge, underlines a legal duty of NHS bodies to consult patients before making such "do not resuscitate" decisions, according to the family's legal team.
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