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- North Carolina hospital uses Lean methodology to reduce patient falls
With a few simple interventions, New Hanover Regional Medical Center saw a 22% decline in patient falls and $500,000 in savings.
- News: Report advises HHS to improve VBP measurements
After a decade of performance-based healthcare payment initiatives, the Department of Health and Human Services decided it was high-time to take a look at the success of those initiatives even as it embarks of additional value-based purchasing (VBP) measures across an array of healthcare settings as required by the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.To do so, the agency contracted with RAND Health, which recently released “Measuring Success in Health Care: Value-Based Purchasing Programs.” In it, RAND reviewed the elements of successful VBP programs and to identify gaps in the knowledge base that, if addressed, could improve the design and functioning of VBP programs moving forward.
- Q/A: Did CMS add any codes to the conditionally bilateral list?
Q: Did CMS add any codes to the conditionally bilateral list as part of the April OPPS update?
- AOTA endorses outcomes measurement tool for occupational therapy
The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) recently endorsed an outcomes measurement tool that evaluates functional improvement to help OTs improve the quality of their services.
- New specialty code for SLPs
CMS developed a new non-physician practitioner specialty code, specialty code 15, to categorize SLP services.
- Time management for rehab managers
Time management can be learned and honed through the use of various tools and by understanding the importance of following through on the plan.