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How Long Does A Surgery Take? Researchers Create Model

Operating rooms are a precious resource. They may account for 50 percent of a hospital's revenues and cost as much as $80 a minute. But figuring out how much time to allot for a surgery is a challenge every hospital faces.

"OR scheduling is a $5 billion problem. To optimize the OR, you have to answer a fundamental question: How long does each surgery take?" said co-lead author Rajeev Saxena, an anesthesiology resident at the University of Washington School of Medicine. "Underutilization means fewer patients get surgical care and the hospital has excess capacity. Overutilization results in cancelled operations and overtime expenses."

To try to improve the prediction of surgical-case duration, Saxena, in collaboration with physicians in surgery and anesthesia, scientists, and informatics experts inside and outside University of Washington, created machine-learning models for each surgica

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Danbury Hospital’s Most Vulnerable Patients Are Getting Healing Hugs

Hugs matter. And for babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), hugs can change their lives. With the goal of delivering the highest quality care to every NICU baby, Danbury Hospital launched Healing Hugs, a new service where trained volunteer cuddlers provide comfort to babies in the Spratt Family Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

“A person’s a person, no matter how small.”

These are the words on the wall in the Dr. Seuss-themed hallway outside Danbury Hospital’s NICU. The colorful and uplifting hallway leads into a bright and welcoming NICU where the smallest and sickest babies are provided lifesaving care. Danbury Hospital is one of only a few in Connecticut that has a Level IIIB NICU. Neonatologists, neonatal nurses, and respiratory therapists are available 24 hours a day to care for very small or very sick babies.

A NICU baby has a different newborn experience than a baby tha

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Sustainable Savings On Medical Care

One popular idea for lowering the nation’s ballooning health care spending is to change the way insurers pay provider organizations for their care. Instead of paying a fee for each service rendered—a model that can encourage the unscrupulous use of more services even when the benefit is dubious—reformers suggest giving clinical practices a global yearly budget to care for a population of patients. The rationale is that operating with a capped budget would incentivize greater use of preventive care and discourage wasteful services.

Evidence from preliminary, and mostly short-term, studies of these so-called “global payment” experiments has been mixed and has offered a limited snapshot on outcomes. The question remained: Could it work over the longer term once the early changes or investments in care delivery had been made?

The likely answer may be yes, according to research published Ju

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Cedars-Sinai Grants Address Homelessness And Other Critical Needs

Cedars-Sinai is deepening its commitment to the health and wellbeing of underserved populations in Los Angeles County by significantly increasing its financial support for safety-net organizations that serve people experiencing homelessness and others who are vulnerable.

The institution is contributing $15 million to 108 nonprofit programs and organizations that foster housing stability, provide sustainable programs for homeless residents and build clinical and financial capacity at community clinics. The grants, announced this month, also will support mental health training, services for LGBTQ+ and veterans' groups, as well as a range of social services provided by several Jewish organizations.

Cedars-Sinai contributed $5.9 million last year to safety-net organizations in the Los Angeles region.

The effort to address homelessness and housing stability comes at a critical time for th

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