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- CNO Tech Decisions May Fail to Meet Staff Nurse Needs
According to researchers, the clinical communications decisions that CNOs make may not necessarily reflect the working realities of staff nurses. In fact, only 19% of staff nurses feel they have a chance to evaluate new devices before using them.
- Overnight physicians in ICU show little effect on outcomes
Researchers have found that nighttime intensivist staffing did not significantly improve outcomes, and may increase costs unnecessarily,
- 2014 SNF Proposed Rule Analysis: Revising and rebasing the SNF market basket
CMS issued its annual proposed rule featuring payment updates for SNFs in 2014, which proposes revising and rebasing the SNF market basket. Do you understand what this proposal means? Let’s breakdown what this revising and rebasing really means to SNFs.
- Q/A: How should we report irradiated blood products?
Q: We have patients who have received a lot of blood and now the orders are for irradiated blood. We have been doing this in-house and our radiology department has been generating a charge. We just received a claim rejection for the combination of CPT® code 86945 (irradiation of blood product, each unit) and P9040 (red blood cells, leukocytes reduced, irradiated, each unit). We changed it to CPT 86945 and P9021 (red blood cells, each unit), but this was rejected for unbundling. How should we be reporting irradiated packed cells?
- Hospitals moving toward care teams
Nearly three-quarters of hospitals are implementing team-based care, according to a recent survey from the American Hospital Association (AHA). Common roles included in these teams are registered nurses, physicians, social workers, pharmacists, physical therapists, and nutritionists and dieticians. The AHA noted that hospitals can use multidisciplinary care teams to effectively deliver primary care. Of those hospitals who are implementing care teams, nearly half are implementing them throughout the facility.
Source: AHA News Now
- Advanced practice nurses shouldn’t be left behind in meaningful use journey
It's critical that nurse practitioners and physician assistants follow the lead of physicians and other healthcare providers in the transition to meaningful use of EHRs.