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Antimicrobial Stewardship Is Crucial for Value Based Purchasing Programs

Posted on 08/24/16 | Comments

The move from fee-for-service models to value-based purchasing in healthcare has significantly elevated the profile of antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs). ASPs drive implementation of stewardship policies that ensure proper use of antimicrobials, slow emergence of resistant organisms and improve susceptibility patterns. These programs serve a critical function in meeting quality metrics directly tied to reimbursement rates and financial penalties.1

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Topics: antimicrobial stewardship

Interactive Infographic: Realizing Notable Gains in Antimicrobial Stewardship by Leveraging Sentri7®

Posted on 08/18/16 | Comments

Across the country, hospitals have realized notable gains in their antimicrobial stewardship programs by leveraging Sentri7, a real-time clinical decision support system. View our interactive infographic to learn how these hospitals improved their quality metrics and decreased costs.

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Topics: antimicrobial stewardship

New Metrics Released for Value Based Purchasing Measures

Posted on 08/17/16 | Comments

The specific guidelines for reaching the value-based care benchmarks can be difficult to manage correctly. This puts healthcare providers in a difficult position – the structure or processes that are needed to reach these benchmarks may be unclear. The lack of standardized terminology within healthcare has been burdensome to administrators who have to put additional resources into figuring out how to correctly represent caregiver-patient interactions, and patients who likewise have trouble interpreting what their own healthcare data is meant to indicate.

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Topics: value-based purchasing

Making Nurses Frontline Advocates for Hand Hygiene

Posted on 08/11/16 | Comments

Staying one step ahead of serious public health threats like antibiotic-resistant bacteria and other healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) often appears to be a high-tech problem. But a big part of defeating these types of threats consists of managing the human element.

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Topics: Infection Prevention

Webinar Preview - Departmental Excellence: Undiscovered Opportunities and Metrics in Pharmacy

Posted on 08/10/16 | Comments

With the increasing pressure on healthcare facilities to improve outcomes, pharmacy departments need to be efficient in managing their processes and streamlining their approaches to solving problems.

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Topics: Pharmacy

Addressing Gaps in EMR with Clinical Surveillance

Posted on 08/04/16 | Comments

Electronic medical record systems are nearly universal in U.S. hospitals. While they have enabled hospitals to make significant strides in tracking patient care, they are ill-suited to the task of analyzing the huge amount of data they, and other IT systems used by hospitals, produce.

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Topics: clinical surveillance

Webinar Preview - What is More Important: Sterility or Accuracy of Compounded Sterile Preparations?

Posted on 08/03/16 | Comments

Touting the sterility of compounded sterile preparations (CSPs) over accuracy of their preparation is as absurd as arguing which wing of an airplane is most important, according to industry experts Jerry Fahrni, PharmD and Mark Neuenschwander.

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Topics: sterile compounding

The Role of Superbugs in Hospital-Acquired Infections

Posted on 07/28/16 | Comments

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published their latest report on the status of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) in March 2016. This HAI Progress Report1 includes national and individual state summaries of six types of HAIs based on 2014 data.

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Topics: Infection Prevention

Prioritize Antimicrobial Stewardship Initiatives with a Readiness Checklist and Ranking Grid

Posted on 07/27/16 | Comments

Deciding which initiatives to implement with an antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP) and when to implement them can be challenging. If an initiative is implemented before the program is ready, or if the team chooses an initiative that is not feasible, the ASP could struggle to gain traction.

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Topics: antimicrobial stewardship

Understanding the Efficiency Domain in Value-Based Purchasing

Posted on 07/21/16 | Comments

Hospitals have certainly felt the effects of the addition of value-based purchasing since its implementation as a part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2011. The attempt to shift from a fee-for-service model that rewards the quantity of care to evaluating and rewarding the quality of care will take some effort and time from providers.

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Topics: value-based purchasing