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Doctors' participation jumps in quality and e-prescribing programs

Doctors' participation jumps in quality and e-prescribing programs

Physician participation in the CMS Physician Quality Reporting System and Electronic Prescribing Program grew 47% from 2012 to 2013, according to a federal report released late last week.

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Court rules that SNF can't skip part of Medicare appeals process

Long-term care providers may not leapfrog standard administrative appeals in Medicare reviews, as one creative Louisiana nursing home was reminded last week.

Police blame post-hospital transition issues in mysterious death

A lack of communication between a discharging hospital and a residential-care facility is being blamed for the death of a 63-year-old man found drowned in a marsh, nine days after leaving the hospital.

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Gawande believes that more should be done to put quality into a person's final days — rather than trying to put more days into a life no matter what the cost.

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Preserving Cognitive Status in Elderly Surgical Patients Requiring General Anesthesia

Preserving Cognitive Status in Elderly Surgical Patients Requiring General Anesthesia

The elderly brain is more vulnerable to the adverse effects of surgery and anesthesia compared with the younger brain. Both anecdotally and in clinical investigation, the elderly surgical population has been found to exhibit a significantly higher prevalence of postoperative cognitive decline. The most common manifestations of this decline are postoperative delirium (POD) and postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD).

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