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As 2013 comes to a close, FCEP would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of EMnews a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume next Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014.
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Medicare doubles readmission penalties, changes observation status rules
Family Practice News
From Aug. 7: Beginning in October, Medicare will double the penalties for preventable hospital readmissions and change the rules for determining when to admit patients or place them in observation status. Under the fiscal year 2014 Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System rule, Medicare is raising the maximum penalties for preventable, unplanned hospital readmissions from 1 percent of base operating payments to 2 percent, starting in October 2013. Details of the payment hike, which is mandated by the Affordable Care Act, were announced Aug. 2 and will be published Aug. 19 in the Federal Register.
FDA takes two important actions on drug shortages
U.S. Food & Drug Administration
From Nov. 6: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is taking two actions to further enhance the agency's ongoing efforts to prevent and resolve drug shortages, a significant public health threat that can delay, and in some cases even deny, critical care for patients. Following the president's 2011 Executive Order on reducing drug shortages, the number of new shortages in 2012 was 117, down from 251 in 2011.
4 ways to increase ER efficiency
Healthcare Finance News
From Nov.13: It's a sheer numbers game when looking at emergency room efficiency: The more patients that go through an ER, the more dollars a hospital takes in. Catherine Polera, chief clinical officer of the emergency department division at Sheridan Healthcare, has spent the last three years trying to come up with a formula that helps increase emergency room throughput. "It requires a lot of good planning," said Polera.
Reversing death in the ER: Doctors detail frontline of resuscitation science
International Business Times
From Oct.16: Reversing death isn't just Google's latest venture; it's the subject of serious medical research. Some doctors say that if we revise our accepted understanding of death, new techniques might allow us to bring patients back from a flat-lined state, making the final destination not so final.
Patients can pay a high price for emergency room convenience
From Aug. 22: Medical entrepreneurs are remaking the emergency room experience. They're pulling the emergency room out of the hospital and planting it in the strip mall. It's called a "free-standing emergency room," and some 400 of them have opened across the country in the past four years. The trend is hot around Houston, where there are already 41 free-standing emergency rooms and 10 more in the works.
ER docs spend more time looking at EHRs than interacting with patients
From Oct. 9: Emergency doctors spend significantly more time entering data into electronic health records than they do with patients, a study published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine finds.
New test could speed heart attack treatment in the ED
From Sept. 12: Only 1 in 10 patients with acute chest pain in the emergency department turn out to have an actual heart attack (myocardial infarction), yet many are not released from the hospital until after 6-12 hours of cardiac monitoring and multiple ECG and troponin tests. The search for a test that can rule out MI early in the process has proved elusive.
The amazing way this hospital is fighting physician burnout
The Huffington Post
From Dec. 4: Hospitals have procedures and alerts in place to deal with practically anything that could possibly go wrong: "Code Red" for fire, "code blue" for medical emergencies, and "code white" for behavioral disturbances, to name a few. But the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio has introduced a new alert, "Code Lavender," for a more unlikely and much more common threat: stress and burnout.
6 lifesaving lessons from the ER
From Nov. 13: The stress of daily life-and-death decisions in the emergency room can take its toll on clinicians, but hospitals can help physicians and nurses take simple steps to prevent burnout. In the following, emergency physician Travis Stork, M.D., host of CBS' "The Doctors," offers lessons learned from his experience working in emergency departments.
Florida exchange shows significant choices, lower-than-expected premiums
Becker's Hospital Review
From Oct. 16: Florida consumers buying health plans through the state exchange have a large number of policies available to them for lower-than-expected monthly premiums, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.
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