The Direct Dispatch
A Newsletter For Healthcare Providers

May 2019

 “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
First Focus

Data from Valley Health's first year using a tele-ICU showed it reduced ICU length of stay 34% and ICU mortality by 35% to 44%. Officials said it helped save 125 lives, reduced sepsis mortality and improved best practice compliance. HealthCare IT News  
Quality Reporting
This Outreach and Education webinar for participants receiving the  July 2019  Hospital Compare  and Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Hospital Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Claims-Based Measure (CBM) Hospital-Specific Reports (HSRs)  is scheduled for  Wednesday, May 08, 2019, at 2 p.m. Eastern Time.

Health IT

A report from HIMSS Analytics and KLAS Research revealed that hospitals that earned Stage 7 recognition on the HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption Model were more likely to have physicians with an above average EMR user experience. Researchers also found that physicians at Stage 7 hospitals were more likely to agree with some statements that describe the benefits of an EMR system, compared with those at Stage 6 hospitals. Becker's Health IT & CIO Report
Workplace Culture
How millennials and Gen Z are reshaping the future of...

Millennials and their younger 'Gen Z' counterparts are used to facing sweeping criticism over their commitment to the workplace. However, the post-1980's cohort of employees is actually inspiring meaningful concepts that will change the future of ...

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ICD Registry

As part of ongoing efforts to collect meaningful data and improve patient care, the ACC is launching an  open comment period  on appropriate use criteria metrics for the ICD Registry Version 2.2. The AUC include two patient populations: patients receiving ICDs and patients receiving cardiac resynchronization therapy and were developed based on guideline documents created by the ACC Appropriate Use Task Force, in partnership with other medical societies. Please review the guideline document and draft metric display document before completing the survey. The survey should take approximately 30 minutes to complete, including time to review the related documents, and will close on Monday, May 20.

When you have completed all of the questions, be sure to select the "Submit" button. Once your answers have been submitted, you will not be able to make changes.

The comment period survey will close on Monday, May 20.
NCDR Research to be Highlighted at ACC.19
 Several abstracts b ased on NCDR data  will be presented at ACC.19, March 16 to 18, in New Orleans, La. Research topics include racial differences in 30-day AMI readmissions, sex-based differences in outcomes after transcatheter mitral valve repair, and neighborhood care variations for coronary artery disease among outpatient practices. Expanding on previous years, these abstracts highlight the role of NCDR in practice-changing clinical research. Get the full list of NCDR abstracts on . Follow  @ACCinTouch  on Twitter and use the hashtag  #ACC19  to join the conversation.
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