The Direct Dispatch
A Newsletter For Healthcare Providers

February 2019

Read below for this month's exciting news from Direct Difference, Inc!
Report Finds 13% Decrease In Hospital Acquired Conditions
Data from the CMS and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality showed that the number of hospital-acquired conditions declined by 13%, or an estimated 910,000 cases, from 2014 to 2017. These reductions helped save $7.7 billion and prevent 20,500 hospital deaths.

Cardiology Experts Revise Guidelines On Warfarin For A-Fib
The American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association and the Heart Rhythm Society issued updated guidelines on the management of patients with atrial fibrillation, which includes a recommendation to use novel oral anticoagulants instead of the blood thinner Coumadin, or warfarin, in most patients with AFib. The guidelines, which also encourage weight loss for AFib patients, were published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Circulation and the journal HeartRhythm.

HealthDay News  (1/28),    CNN  (1/28)  
Quality Reporting Center
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Selected for validation? Don't miss this webinar!

Hospital IQR Program FY 2021 Chart-Abstracted Validation Overview for Randomly Selected Hospitals , will be presented to share information regarding the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Hospital IQR Program chart-abstracted data-validation process for fiscal year (FY) 2021.

The webinar slides will be available for download from Quality Reporting Center   under Upcoming Events the day before the presentation.

The webinar will be presented on Thursday, February 7, 2019, from 2 to 3 p.m. ET.
You may register for the webinar here.
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.

You can also visit our website for more information!
How Do Top-Tier Cardiac Hospitals Stay Top-Tier?
Building and sustaining a  culture of continuous quality improvement is crucial , especially as it becomes  more and more difficult to achieve top-tier recognition.
At Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence, they have proven that they can help organizations build and sustain a culture of continuous quality improvement through their quality-focused accreditation processes. Learn more about  how ACE accreditation can help your organization reduce variation and continue to improve, here .

Get With The Guidelines
State of Get with the Guidelines-Heart Failure 2019 webinar on Feb 11, 2019 at 11:00 AM CST

Join the American Heart Association for this very special Heart Failure Awareness Week Webinar, State of GWTG-Heart Failure 2019. You will hear from experts in heart failure as they review the ongoing challenge to optimize medical therapy for heart failure, guideline derived care, best practices, safely reducing  readmissions, the t reatment of special populations, quality of life in HF and more.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
She Got Her Fighting Spirit Back

When Ida Ottosen was sent home from the hospital to die, she was pale, passive, and expected to pass within a matter of days. But she didn’t die as quickly as doctors predicted. At home, she was cared for by a community health care worker who used patient safety bundles to reduce Ottosen’s risk for pressure ulcers and other harm.  How safety bundles restored Ottosen’s will to live »

Aetna, Apple Developing App That Rewards Healthy Behaviors
CVS Health's Aetna and Apple are creating an app for the iPhone and Apple Watch that provides rewards to members who engage in healthy behaviors such as meeting exercise goals, getting immunizations and obtaining refills. The app, called Attain, uses personal health data to provide customized health goals and recommendations to users, and it will be available this spring.

CNBC  (1/29),    Reuters  (1/29)
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