The Importance of Proper HCC Coding

The Hierarchical Condition Category (HCC) risk adjustment scoring model is used by CMS and other payers to estimate the annual healthcare costs for beneficiaries, whether in Traditional Medicare or Medicare Advantage programs. The results directly impact the reimbursement to the health system. HCC scoring assigns a Risk Adjustment Factor (RAF) score to each diagnosis code […]


How a Clinical Documentation Improvement Nurse Can Help You

Medical record documentation must be complete and specific in order to: Promote better patient care and disease management. Accurately reflect the severity of illness (SOI) and risk of mortality (ROM) of the patient. These items have a critical impact on our published quality scores. Provide appropriate reimbursement for the care rendered. How Can a Clinical […]


American College of Cardiology Recognizes Englewood Hospital for Joining Nationwide Effort to Improve Cardiac Care

The American College of Cardiology is recognizing Englewood Hospital as an industry leader for taking part in its nationwide quality improvement program designed to help facilities provide high-quality patient care and improved outcomes for their heart patients. “Participating in national registries with the American College of Cardiology allows us to monitor the quality of our […]


Infectious Disease Chief’s Recommendation for Preventing Recurrent C. Difficile

Englewood Hospital has made strides in reducing rates of C. difficile infection over the past year. A critical step included updating our testing algorithm for C. difficile and standardizing our infection prevention recommendations. One issue that continues to be problematic is recurrent disease in high-risk patients. Bezlotoxumab (Zinplava) is the first fully humanized monoclonal antibody […]


5 Moments for Hand Hygiene

According to the CDC, on any given day, about one in 31 hospital patients has at least one healthcare-associated infection (HAI). Approximately 2 million hospital patients develop an HAI each year. This is about 10% of all inpatients. The most common healthcare-associated infections are bloodstream infections, pneumonia (associated with ventilator use), wounds, and urinary tract […]


2019 MIPS Update: What does “interoperability” mean? Why does it matter?

According to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), “Interoperability describes the extent to which systems and devices can exchange data, and interpret that shared data. For two systems to be interoperable, they must be able to exchange data and subsequently present that data such that it can be understood by a user.” Interoperability […]


Englewood Receives Healthgrades Excellence Awards for OBGYN and Labor & Delivery

For the fourth consecutive year, Englewood Hospital has received two Healthgrades Excellence Awards for women’s health: Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence Award, which recognizes exceptional clinical outcomes while caring for women during labor and immediately after delivery of their newborn, as well as women undergoing gynecologic procedures. Labor and Delivery Excellence Award, which recognizes exceptional care […]


EH Adopts New Suicide Risk Assessment Tool

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. Patients with suicidal ideation vary widely in their risk for a suicide attempt depending upon whether they have a plan, intent, history of attempts, and other factors. It is important to conduct an in-depth assessment of patients who screen positive for suicide risk […]


Sustained Improvements in Hospital-Acquired C. Difficile Infections

For the past three quarters, we have seen a sustained improvement in the rate of hospital-acquired C. Difficile infections (CDI) at Englewood Hospital. For 2019, our year-to-date standardized infection ratio is 0.457, down from 1.141 from our 2018 rate. In early 2018, a multidisciplinary CDI Prevention Committee was initiated in response to an increase in […]


Coagulation Factor Xa (Andexxa) Now Available on EH’s Pharmacy Formulary

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved coagulation factor Xa (Andexxa) for the reversal of rivaroxaban (Xarelto) or apixaban (Eliquis) when needed due to life-threatening or uncontrolled bleeding. The drug carries a boxed warning of thromboembolic risks, ischemic risks, cardiac arrest, and sudden deaths. The Englewood Health Pharmacy is making its limited […]