The Direct Dispatch
A Newsletter For Healthcare Providers

April 2020
Direct Difference, Inc would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your tireless efforts in caring for our most vulnerable during this challenging time for the healthcare industry. We are humbled to be able to partner with you through this event.

We are here for your needs, and want to encourage you to please reach out to us should we be able to assist you in any way that we are not already.

Again, we recognize your tireless efforts and are so very thankful for all you are continuing to do for the healthcare needs of America.
Direct Difference, Inc. Chief Quality Officer
Brenda Clemens  is always a resource for you to call if ever you have any questions or concerns.  Brenda makes routine quality calls to our clients to ensure we are meeting your needs. We want to be certain you know Brenda is always available to you and you can reach out to her at any time with any questions or concerns you may have.
Brenda Clemens
Chief Quality Officer
Direct Difference, Inc
340 E. 1st St, #306
Tustin, CA 92781
(818) 298-0764
 Summary of recommendations on the management of patients with COVID-19 and ARDS.
Beckers Hospital Review
Most hospitals fail to meet surgical volume standards
A leapfrog Group analysis of data from more than 2,100 hospitals found that many failed to meet the group's minimum volume safety thresholds for certain high-risk surgeries last year, but the percentage of hospitals that met the standards was up from 2018. Hospitals had the most favorable compliance rate for bariatric weight loss surgery at 48%, and compliance was least favorable at 2.5% for esophageal resection for cancer.

Moral distress among physicians caring for older adults...

Time and again the data has shown that physicians are increasingly feeling the effects of burnout, and this is affecting everything from their job satisfaction to the quality of care patients receive. But there's a particular strain of burnout...

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World Health Organization CIO on healthcare data,...

The CIO of WHO talks about the risks and opportunities of big data when it comes to health care. Large technology companies are important partners in building trust and advancing efforts around digital health. But determining how to partner is...

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Summary of recommendations on the initial management of hypoxic COVID-19 patients.
Surviving Sepsis Campaign: Guidelines on the Management of Critically Ill
Adults with CORONAVIRUS Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Patient Satisfaction Scores for Hospitals Driven by...

THURSDAY, Feb. 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Measures of hospitality, not medical care, actually drive patient satisfaction scores for hospital care, according to research published online Feb. 13 in Special Forces.

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Vegetarian Diet Linked to Reduced Ischemic Stroke Risk...

FRIDAY, Feb. 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- In a population from Taiwan, vegetarian diet was associated with a reduced risk for overall, ischemic, and hemorrhagic stroke, according to a study published online Feb. 26 in Neurology. Tina H.T.

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As VA Tests Keto Diet To Help Diabetic Patients,...

A partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs and Silicon Valley startup Virta Health Corp. is focusing attention on the company's claim that it provides treatment " clinically-proven to safely and sustainably reverse type 2 diabetes " ...

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AHA: CV benefits of exercise outweigh risks for most people

For most people, the evidence supports that regular exercise confers CV benefits, but some forms of extreme endurance exercise can be harmful to those unable to handle them, according to a scientific statement from the American Heart Association.

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Less Than Half of Kidney Disease Quality Metrics Rated...

THURSDAY, Feb. 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Less than half of the existing 60 kidney disease quality metrics are rated with high validity, according to a study published online Feb. 13 in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. Mallika L.

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ACC Seeks Comments on Expert Consensus Decision Pathway Document on Anticoagulant and Antiplatelet Therapy
The ACC is seeking comments on a draft of the 2020 ACC Expert Consensus Decision Pathway For Anticoagulant and Antiplatelet Therapy in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation or Venous Thromboembolism Undergoing Percutaneous Coronary Intervention or With Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease. The document aims to provide clear, point-of-care guidance on the best approach for dual antiplatelet therapy and oral anticoagulant management at the intersection of PCI, venous thromboembolism and atrial fibrillation. Comments are due by Wednesday, March 11.  Access  the document and public comment response form and submit comments to  [email protected]
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Do you have any questions or
concerns for our leadership team?
Please contact us at any time for any questions or issues you may have
Debra Aruffo, CEO 

Misti Pacheco, COO

Brenda Clemens
Angella Lott, LPN, VP
Business Development

Candace Landis, BSN, RN
Senior Account Manager - NCDR/GWTG
Data Registry Specialist
How Else Can Direct Difference, Inc. Help You?
Measuring quality is necessary for improving healthcare. We understand that when providers are overly consumed with measuring and reporting quality metrics, it is difficult to actually apply results and focus on actions that lead to real improvements.

Why not smart source all of your data abstraction needs so that it is done better, faster, more consistently, and at lower cost with less risk?

Did you know we provide abstraction services for core measures, non-core measures, registry, OPPE-FPPE, NHSN, peer review, pharmaceutical studies and others? If you have any data abstraction needs please contact us for more information. All you have to do is respond to this email to get started.
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