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Looking Forward – November 2014(Comments Off)

November 1, 2014

In this month’s column, Dr. Hoyt describes the new ACS Education and Training campaign, launched at Clinical Congress last month, which highlights the College’s array of lifelong learning opportunities.

The FY 2015 Inpatient Prospective Payment System final rule

The Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) final rule—which establishes federal fiscal year 2015 policies for Medicare payments to hospitals for inpatient stays—is discussed in this month’s column, along with how the IPPS will affect surgeons.

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Colorectal cancer metastatic to the liver: Making the unresectable resectable

Advances in the treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer have led to greatly improved survival rates, especially for patients with liver-only disease. These new approaches have increased the role of surgeons in the management of these patients.

Hospital Engagement Networks target surgical site infections

The effectiveness of the Joint Commission Resources Hospital Engagement Network—an initiative to reduce health care-associated infections and conditions including surgical site infections—is described in this month’s column along with best practice recommendations to help reduce these events in the future.

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The DTs: Delirium tremens

This month’s column examined the occurrence of injuries involving delirium tremens by searching the admissions records in the NTDB dataset for 2013.


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