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March 30, 2009

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Streamline your discharge process

NQF safe practices guide updated
Record number of births in U.S.
HHS proposes rule rescinding conscience rule
Hospitals to participate in nurse-led QI collaborative
Streamline your discharge process
  The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality will host a free Web conference on March 31 on a toolkit to help hospitals improve their discharge process to reduce readmissions. More
NQF safe practices guide updated
  The National Quality Forum has updated its safe practices guide to reflect new evidence and expand on implementation approaches. More
Record number of births in U.S.
  U.S. births rose by 1% in 2007 to a record high of more than 4.3 million, according to preliminary estimates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More
HHS proposes rule rescinding conscience rule
  The Department of Health and Human Services has published a proposed rule rescinding its final rule related to the conscience rights of healthcare providers. It will accept comments on the proposed rule through April 9. More
Hospitals to participate in nurse-led QI collaborative
  The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Aligning Forces for Quality initiative has selected 16 hospitals to participate in the first two cohorts of its Transforming Care at the Bedside Collaborative. More

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

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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

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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