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March 16, 2009

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CMS reporting: How do you measure up?  
  Through April 2, hospitals participating in the hospital quality reporting program can access, review, and download their reports from the national dry run of nine Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality measures to be added to the Hospital Compare Web site in December. More
 
 
Outpatient visits for certain conditions on the rise
  According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, outpatient visits to hospitals and other medical providers for high cholesterol grew 300%; kidney disease, 112%; and diabetes and thyroid disease, 96% between 1996 and 2006. More
   
CDC: 17% of Americans have high-deductible plan
  An estimated 17% of Americans under age 65 with private health insurance had a high-deductible health plan in 2007, according to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. More
   
HHS won't delay final rules for ICD-10
  The Department of Health and Human Services officially adopts the new code sets and standards effective March 17, and hospitals and other affected entities have until October 1, 2013 to fully implement them. More
   
Study points to racial disparities in care
  African American heart attack patients who live in highly segregated areas are more likely than Caucasians to be admitted to hospitals with lower survival rates, according to an online study published by Health Affairs. More
   
Don't miss AACN's 2009 National Teaching Institute
  The American Association of Critical-Care Nurse's 2009 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition will be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, La., from May 16 to 21, giving you a unique opportunity to renew your practice and accelerate your ongoing professional growth with new knowledge from experts in acute and critical care. For more information visit http://www.aacn.org/nti or e-mail ntimail@aacn.org. More
   
Allergic Asthma Resource Center
  Over 4,000 American's die from asthma each year. Many of your patients' asthma symptoms may not be under control. They may have allergic asthma. An IgE test is one way to help determine if your patients' asthma is allergic. For more information and resources, visit the Resource Center now!
     
 
     
Management CE: Nursing strategy: What's your plan?  
  Developing a nursing strategic plan is a basic competency of nurse leaders. The plan defines all mechanisms by which the nursing departments meet the mission and vision of nursing and of their healthcare organization. More
 
   
Lend your voice to our Leadership Profile survey
  Ever wonder how you compare with your colleagues, both personally and professionally? During the next few months, Nursing Management will gather feedback to create a snapshot of you, nurse leaders across the U.S. healthcare spectrum. Our profile will publish in a future issue. Please take a moment to complete the survey here.
   
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Showcase your Magnetic prowess
  Has your facility recently attained Magnet certification? Participate in Nursing Management's Magnet survey and get your facility showcased in an upcoming issue of the journal. E-mail Coleen.Stern@wolterskluwer.com for more information.

STAY TUNED
 
Coming in Nursing Management's April issue
  • Profits, payers, and patients: Responding to changes
  • Employee performance: For the good of all
  • A case of mistaken identity: Staff input on patient ID errors

Hospital Observation Services
Nursing documentation is essential for payment

Not everyone in an inpatient bed is an inpatient. Some of these individuals are actually admitted under outpatient observation status. The problem is, staff nurses often don't distinguish between the two in their documentation. Which means the hospital doesn't get paid for reimbursable services provided to patients under observation. In other cases, patients are placed under observation status when they shouldn't be. Join us for an April 22 audio seminar that will focus on distinguishing between inpatient and outpatient observation status, as well as the nurse documentation required to support billing for observation services. Click here, or call MedLearn at 800-252-1578.


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