March 2, 2022
A different kind of hospital ranking
Two physicians explain why their health care think tank has started ranking U.S. hospitals by social responsibility, including whether facilities avoid low-value care and pay their employees equitably.
A joint approach
A case study helps explain how to differentiate gout from pseudogout.
Study finds low rates of CAD testing in patients with new-onset heart failure
Of 558,322 new heart failure patients, 34.8% received coronary artery disease (CAD) testing and 9.3% received revascularization within 90 days, which fell below expectations set by current guidelines, according to authors of a study of U.S. administrative claims data.
Guidelines not always followed in patients with CAP
A study of data from 177 U.S. hospitals found that almost all patients admitted with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) received blood cultures and less than a quarter were tested for influenza.
Postdischarge intervention did not improve outcomes when added to information exchange
Veterans who were treated at a hospital or ED outside the Veterans Affairs (VA) system had similar readmission risk regardless of whether they received a care transitions intervention in addition to their usual primary care clinicians being notified of the non-VA encounter.
ACP reviews evidence on remdesivir for inpatients, updates practice points
The College's updated systematic review found that a 10-day course of remdesivir probably results in little to no mortality reduction but does probably moderately increase the proportion of patients recovered by day 29 and may shorten length of stay.