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  • 10/18/19
    In my career I’ve heard many facilities and non-facilities personnel question the value of all the regulations that hospitals have to comply with. I’ve actually heard staff say, “We’ve never had a fire, so our safety systems are working.” I’m sure Jazan General Hospital in Saudi Arabia, which burned in December 2015, generally felt the same way prior to their fire.   The lossmore...
  • 10/16/19
    In 1605, Miguel de Cervantes gave us Don Quixote, one of the most enduring characters in literary history. A hopeless romantic intent on proving that chivalry was alive and well, Quixote set off on his unsteady steed, Rocinante, in the hopes of defending the honor of Dulcinea, who appears to have existed only in his imagination. Accompanied by his portly squire, Sancho Panza, Cervantes’ protagonist conjures a world in his mind that is largely unanchored.more...
  • SG2, a Vizient company
    10/14/19
    The confluence of market and regulatory forces in the orthopedic surgery space has created the perfect “migration storm” with extensive implications for acute care providers. The shift of these procedures to outpatient (OP) status and the migration of total joint replacement to ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) have accelerated with CMS’s latest proposals — removing total hip replacement from the inpatient (IP)-only list and adding total knee replacement to the ASC-...more...
  • Sg2, a Vizient company
    10/09/19
    As we gear up for a busy autumn, CMS’s recent release of claims data related to the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI-Advanced) program has increased anxiety among providers across the country. Those participating in, or considering entering into the program for Model Year 3 face the daunting task of culling three years of claims data and target-pricing sheets encompassing both peer and risk adjustment factors in search of opportunities to reduce Medicare spend for...more...
  • 10/07/19
    To enhance the efficiency, performance, effectiveness and overall success of an organization, it’s essential for associates to possess the relevant skills and knowledge required to drive the organization forward. Top-performing organizations implement various methods to improve the skills of their workforce. They may hold seminars or workshops, send employees to conferences, host quarterly town halls or have internal training sessions led by the human resources team, but all of these...more...
  • 09/26/19
    Elizabeth, or Libby as her friends and family call her, has been a fighter her entire life. Born with kidney and lung problems, her battle began very early. Doctors in the neonatal intensive care unit didn’t expect Libby to go home but eventually she did. After several months of home dialysis, special food preparation and challenging care, Libby was strong enough to receive one of her mother’s kidneys.more...
  • 09/25/19
    Did you know that your supply chain’s DNA resides in your item master? When you think about the DNA of your item master, it should consist of good, solid building blocks. After all, one definition of DNA is “the fundamental and distinctive characteristics or qualities of someone or something.” The building blocks create a solid foundation that’s the lifeline of your supply chain. Ensuring clean data allows your organization to obtain the right product, at the right...more...
  • 09/16/19
    A physicist from Oxford found himself the prisoner of a group of swarthy pirates who had commandeered the professor’s schooner. Desperate for an escape, the physicist hatched a plan. He struck an intellectual bargain: if the pirate correctly solved a riddle of the physicist’s making, the academic would walk the plank. If the pirate answered incorrectly, the prisoner would be set free.more...
  • 09/12/19
    In recent years, there has been a significant amount of regulatory focus on compounding pharmacies. Specifically, regulatory agencies want to establish guidance for quality and sterility of products with the goal of providing the highest standard of finished product for patient administration. While new guidelines were created in various USP chapters, there has not been guidance for every aspect of compounding pharmacy practices. One notable exclusion was radiopharmaceutical compounding and...more...
  • 09/10/19
    Maybe you’ve heard of blood poisoning, which is a common lay term for sepsis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) answers the question “What is sepsis?” in simple and easy-to-understand language:more...