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diabetes complications are a risk factor for repeat hospitalizations, study show




rochester, minn. -- for patients with diabetes, one reason for hospitalization and unplanned hospital readmission is severe dysglycemia (uncontrolled hyperglycemia - high blood sugar, or hypoglycemia - low blood sugar), says new research published in the journal of general internal medicine.people w...



underweight associated with highest mortality and costs after cardiac catheteris




barcelona, spain - aug. 26, 2017: being underweight, and not overweight, has the highest mortality, cost, length of stay, and readmission rate for those undergoing cardiac catheterisation, according to an analysis of more than one million patients presented at esc congress today.1"elevated body mass...



reduction in common heart hormone associated with improved outcomes and lower mo




image: heart failure patients discharged from the hospital with a reduced level of a common hormone produced by the heart had significantly lower rates of readmission and lower death rates, according... view more credit: intermountain medical centerheart failure patients discharged from the hospit...



aca program to reduce hospital readmissions not all it's cracked up to be




ann arbor--a federal program that has been shown to reduce hospital readmissions may not have been as successful as it appears, university of michigan researchers report in the latest issue of the journal of the american medical association internal medicine.the researchers from the u-m institute fo...



addition of in-home noninvasive ventilation to oxygen therapy improves outcomes




among patients with an excess of carbon dioxide in their blood (persistent hypercapnia) following a flare-up (acute exacerbation) of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd), in-home use of a mask and machine to support breathing in addition to home oxygen therapy prolonged the time to hospital ...



activity matters: how fitbit can help us understand cancer surgery recovery




a new study published in annals of behavioral medicine finds that more activity during inpatient recovery predicted lower risk of 30- and 60-day readmission after surgery for metastatic peritoneal cancer. by monitoring patients using fitbit, researchers found that higher fitbit steps forecast better...



federal policy to reduce re-hospitalizations is linked to increased mortality ra




federal policymakers five years ago introduced the hospital readmission reduction program to spur hospitals to reduce medicare readmission rates by penalizing them if they didn't. a new analysis led by researchers at ucla and harvard university, however, finds that the program may be so focused on k...



iu, regenstrief study: early home health worker visit lowers risk of hospital re




image: jennifer carnahan, md of the regenstrief institute and indiana university center for aging research and indiana university school of medicine examines an eskenazi health patient view more credit: eskenazi healthindianapolis - a visit by a home health worker, such as a nurse or physical ther...



significant racial disparities persist in hospital readmissions




a new study in the journal health affairs shows that, despite being designed to more effectively manage care and control costs, black patients enrolled with medicare advantage are far more likely to be readmitted to the hospital after a surgery than those enrolled on traditional medicare. furthermor...



pharmacist medicines reconciliation reduces likelihood of patient harm




a pilot study, published today in british medical journal open, demonstrates that medicines reconciliation provided by pharmacists can significantly reduce medicine discrepancies and may be associated with reductions in length of hospital stay and readmission.the uk government currently recommends t...



which tavr patients are at risk for hospital readmission?




buffalo, n.y. -- as more elderly patients undergo the minimally invasive heart valve procedure called transcatheter aortic valve implantation (tavr), concerns have been raised as to what causes some to be readmitted for heart failure after the procedure. now, university at buffalo researchers, worki...



monitoring fluid intake may help improve outcomes for bariatric surgery patients




new york (july 24, 2017, 11 a.m. et): nurses on the bariatric surgery care team at a connecticut hospital were having difficulty keeping track of patients' fluid intake after hospital admission. to standardize this process, and to avoid patient readmission following bariatric surgery procedures, the...



advanced cancer patients' physical emotional burdens linked lengthy hospital sta




new research indicates that hospitalized patients with advanced cancer experience many physical and psychological symptoms, and that patients dealing with a higher burden of these symptoms have longer hospital stays and a greater risk for unplanned hospital readmissions. published early online in ca...



enhanced recovery pathway for colorectal surgical patients improves outcomes, re




new york city: a protocol that standardizes care before, during, and after colorectal operations has reduced hospital stays by more than half, reduced complications by more than one-third, and cut costs up to $11,000 per procedure, according to study results presented yesterday at the american colle...



analysis: hospital readmissions of all ages, insurance types identifies high ris




image: this is a visual abstract depiction the top findings in study led by bidmc clinician-researchers. view more credit: richard a. and susan f. smith center for outcomes research in cardiology at bidmcboston - short-term hospital readmissions - or readmissions within 30 days - are common, costl...



program to reduce hospital readmissions linked with increased risk of death amon




bottom line: implementation of a program designed to reduce hospital readmissions was associated with a reduction in the rate of readmissions, but also an increase in the rate of death among medicare patients hospitalized with heart failure.why the research is interesting: heart failure is the leadi...



study reveals factors associated with hospital discharges against doctors' advic




a new study has found that certain factors are linked with a person's decision to leave the hospital against the advice of his or her care provider. also, some of these factors are more pronounced in older versus younger individuals. the findings, which are published in the journal of the american g...



improving cardiac icu outcomes through specialized 24/7 care




around-the-clock care from senior physicians helped reduce major complications in cardiac surgery patients as compared to receiving care from resident physicians, according to a new university of alberta study.researchers found that patients who received 24/7 intensivist physician care had a seven p...



new screening tool helps id heart surgery patients at risk of malnutrition




chicago, june 15, 2017 - patients who are at risk for malnutrition when undergoing heart surgery now can be more quickly and easily identified, leading to intervention and potentially better surgical outcomes, according to a study published online today in the annals of thoracic surgery.a team of re...



longer hospital stays might reduce readmissions from post-acute care facilities




image: this research summary was developed as a public education tool by the health in aging foundation. the foundation is a national non-profit established in 1999 by the american geriatrics society... view more credit: (c) 2017, the health in aging foundationmore than 25 percent of medicare benef...



'pay for performance' incentives are hurting hospital finances in mississippi de




october 18, 2017 - two medicare "pay for performance" programs have contributed to declining financial performance by hospitals in the mississippi delta region, suggests a study in the november issue of medical care, published by wolters kluwer.the hospital readmissions reduction program (hrrp) and ...



financial incentives for physicians did not increase follow-up of patients after




a financial incentive for physicians to see patients sooner after discharge from hospital did not appear to influence physician behaviour, found a study published in cmaj (canadian medical association journal). readmission after discharge from hospital is common, as 14% of discharged patients return...



symptom burden may increase hospital length of stay, readmission risk in advance




hospitalized patients with advanced cancer who report more intense and numerous physical and psychological symptoms appear to be at risk for longer hospital stays and unplanned hospital readmissions. the report from a massachusetts general hospital (mgh) research team, published online in the journa...



mandatory headwear does not influence surgical site infections




surgical site infections are noteworthy and costly health complications. patients with infections are likely to stay longer an intensive care unit and a hospital. those with infections have an increased risk of hospital readmission or death. in an attempt to address this, hospital policy in the unit...



hospital elder life program (help) lowers 30-day readmission rates




the hospital elder life program, or help, is an evidence-based treatment plan developed in the 1990s to prevent hospitalized older adults from developing delirium (the medical term for sudden confusion). delirium can cause people to be either aggressive and agitated or sleepy and inactive--sometimes...