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News & Notes

Published: November 6, 2017

  • Off-campus payments Medicare will pay for services provided at medical facilities that are owned by hospitals but located off their campuses at 40% of the outpatient prospective payment system in 2018 under its finalized 2018 physician fee pay rule released last week. Originally, the CMS had proposed to drop the rate to 25%.
  • Clearer discharge instructions means fewer phone calls Making patient instructions easier to read and understand can dramatically reduce post-discharge phone calls, a new study presented at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress 2017 suggests. Researchers found that edited instructions (reducing the readability grade level from 10 to 8.5) reduced the number of such phone calls per 100 patients from 22 to 9. The study shows that making instructions clearer "can go a long way to decrease questions that [patients] may ask," says lead study author Asad Choudhry, MBBS, a post-doctoral research fellow at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
  • Orthopedic certification available The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) is now certifying surgery centers who demonstrate excellence in joint care. The accrediting body's new Orthopaedic Certification program focuses on the credentialing and privileging of providers, patient screening, surgical outcomes, and compliance with evidence-based guidelines.
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