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Patients with heart failure

Postdischarge Mortality Up for Patients With Heart Failure

Of conditions targeted by Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, only heart failure mortality increased
A prehabilitation program is associated with shorter length of stay and lower total episode payment after surgery

Postoperative Length of Stay, Costs Down With Prehabilitation Program

Program includes walking and education on nutrition, smoking cessation, psychological preparation for surgery
Among patients with very high use of health care services

Care Management for Complex Needs May Not Cut Readmissions

Lack of effect on readmissions for Camden Core Model shows challenge of targeting superutilizers
Hospitals caring for neighborhoods with high levels of disadvantage may have lower hospital ratings due to social risk factors in the community

Neighborhood Disadvantage Impacts Hospital Quality Ratings

Hospitals serving communities with higher social risk have lower-quality ratings
A 15-year-old Texas teen who died from vaping is the youngest victim so far in an outbreak of vaping-related deaths in the United States.

15-Year-Old Texas Teen Youngest in U.S. to Die From Vaping

Officials say teen had 'chronic underlying medical condition,' but condition has not been identified
For patients with in-hospital cardiac arrest

In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Outcomes Similar for Dialysis, Nondialysis Patients

Maintenance dialysis patients have better acute survival, better odds of favorable neurological status
A frailty index score based on the results of routine admission laboratory investigations may predict the risk for adverse outcomes among older patients

Frailty Index Score Helps to Predict Outcomes in Elderly

Increased score based on abnormal results of routine admission lab tests tied to readmission, mortality risks
Modestly worse patient experiences are seen following hospital acquisition by another hospital

Patient Experiences Modestly Worse After Hospital Acquisition

No significant differential changes found in 30-day readmission rates or 30-day mortality
Requiring hospitals to sell a package of facility and physician services would protect patients from out-of-network bills at in-network hospitals

Changes Needed to Address Out-of-Network Billing at Hospitals

Anesthesiologists, pathologists, radiologists, assistant surgeons out of network in about 10 percent of cases
Many hospital patient portals fail to educate patients fully and set expectations for secure messaging

Many Hospitals Fail to Provide Instructions for Patient Portals

Authors say hospitals need to provide patients with more information and clarify expectations for use