Procedure Kits: Where Common Sense Makes Financial Sense

PROCEDURES WHERE KITS HELP Vascular Access Devices PIV Starts CVC Insertion PICC Lines Epidurals Dressing Changes Surgical Procedures In our last blog, we reviewed how standardization of procedure kits can help your facility by increasing overall compliance to best practices. Yet another advantage of procedures kits is the financial benefit. A case in point is…

Procedure Kits Help Drive Compliance Best Practices

Most likely, your practice has standard operating procedures to ensure consistency and quality of care. In fact, an article in Modern Healthcare cited that 30% of inefficiencies in our healthcare system today are driven by a lack of standardization and a lack of care coordination.1 In the pursuit of creating “best practices” in your facility,…

SSI Guidelines – What’s New and What’s Not

In May of this year, the CDC published an update on Surgical Site Infections (SSI) Guidelines 1. This followed a 6-year partnership with the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC), whose clinical experts provided feedback and input. Although it was the first update on these guidelines by the CDC in nearly 18 years, and greatly…

Antimicrobial Dressings: The Silver Mystique

As mentioned in our last posting, SSIs are the most common and costly of all hospital-acquired infections in the US.1 If you happened to have missed it, read it here. Accordingly, efforts to reduce SSI rates have led to the development of post-op dressings with antimicrobial agents impregnated within the dressing. These dressing inhibit the…

SSIs and Post-Op Dressings: What’s Missing?

You might remember from our previous blogs that certain measures, like surgical site infections (SSIs) are penalized in multiple programs of the Affordable Care Act—in the Value-Based Purchasing Program as well as the Hospital-Acquired Conditions Reduction Program. View Blog #2 and Blog #3 here. SSIs are the most common and costly of all hospital-acquired infections…

Hospital-Acquired Conditions (HAC) Reduction Program

Our last blog provided some background on the READMISSIONS REDUCTION PROGRAM —a three-year rolling process of reporting all-cause readmissions within 30 days of discharge, along with potential penalties.1  Today, we’ll look at the third program established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA): the HOSPITAL-ACQUIRED CONDITIONS (HAC) REDUCTION PROGRAM. HAC REDUCTION PROGRAM allows the Centers for…

Value-Based Purchasing Program

Our last post provided an overview of 3 programs created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to improve care, healthy people and communities, and affordable care.1 This post will focus on the Value-Based Purchasing Program. The VALUE-BASED PURCHASING PROGRAM (VBP) is a performance-based payment strategy that links financial incentives to acute-care hospitals’ performance on a…