LVADs: Minimizing Driveline Infections at Home

The previous blog of this 2‐part series focused on Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVADs), including the prevalence of use, the types of patients treated, and the associated risks of LVAD‐associated infections. (View Blog 1 of 2) Part 2 of the series will focus on minimizing driveline infections once the patient goes home. LVADs have revolutionized…

CRBSIs: Reduce Infection Risks by Maintaining Integrity of Vascular Access Device Dressings

This is the first of a 3-part series focusing on catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSIs). As catheter use increases, bloodstream infections (BSIs) resulting from intravascular catheters have become a costly complication of health care. To start, the terms CRBSI and central line–associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) are often used interchangeably to describe intravascular device (IVD)–related bloodstream infections.…

Readmissions Reduction Program

Our last post provided an explanation of the VALUE-BASED PURCHASING PROGRAM (VBP), which links financial incentives to a provider’s performance on a defined set of measure domains.1 This time, we’ll take a look at another program established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA): the READMISSIONS REDUCTION PROGRAM. The READMISSIONS REDUCTION PROGRAM is a three-year rolling…