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Charles A. Castle, MD
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Managing Editor
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Healthcare Professionals / Progress Notes / Quality/Risk Management

The Joint Commission will visit LGH this summer. Are we ready?

To prepare for upcoming accreditation survey site visit, senior leaders invite TJC to the hospital for a mock survey this month.

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Choosing Wisely: five things physicians should question about blood management

American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation campaign aims to spark conversations between providers and patients – and cut down on unnecessary tests and procedures.

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A successful year in patient blood management, at LG Health

Because of your focus on patient-centered decisions, we are successfully managing blood product supply.

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Informed consent and blood transfusions

The provider’s role in helping patients understand risks, benefits and alternatives.

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Rounding physicians: Remember to check-in

Physician Check-in, a LEAN process improvement initiative aimed at reducing length of stay, is underway on Lancaster General Hospital inpatient units.

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Physician dashboards will benchmark transfusion practices

IMPACT® Online will provide physician dashboards that can drive a change in practice by linking transfusions to patient outcomes.

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Preoperative anemia screening in elective surgical patients improves outcomes

Preoperative anemia screening and management prior to elective surgery is one of seven Blood Management Performance measures recommended by The Joint Commission.

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Bridging the gap between clinical documentation and coding

Clinical coding is never a favorite topic with physicians, but its importance is increasing daily.

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Improving documentation of heart failure
7/3/2013 – Because Medicare does not recognize the term “CHF” as a co-morbid condition in its coding guidelines, heart failure must be diagnosed with severity and type of heart failure, explains Jean E. Banzhof, RN, MSN, Clinical Documentation Improvement Manager.  Read more

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