October 26, 2022
Moving on from readmissions
Some experts are saying it's time for hospitals and payers to shift their focus from preventing readmissions to pursuing other quality objectives.
An atypical presentation of microscopic polyangiitis
A patient was admitted after outpatient labs indicated acute worsening of kidney disease and anemia.
Hospitalist service successfully performed bone marrow aspiration and biopsies
A hospitalist procedure service at a tertiary care center provided 432 bone marrow aspiration and biopsies in 2016 to 2021, only 46 of which were unsuccessful and required referral for CT guidance.
Almost half of veterans hospitalized for COPD didn't get spirometry within a year
Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) were three times as likely to undergo spirometry in the year before or after hospitalization if they had a pulmonary clinic visit, according to Veterans Health Administration data.
Nearly 1 in 7 community-living Medicare patients died within year after major surgery
Mortality rates after major surgery were 28% among patients who were frail and 33% among those with dementia, a prospective longitudinal cohort study of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries found.
New 8-item risk score may help predict ischemic events after ACS treated with PCI
Growth differentiation factor 15 and N-terminal pro–B-type natriuretic peptide were the best predictors of one-year risk of cardiovascular death or myocardial infarction among patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) who underwent percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI).