Healthcare News & Insights

Not only do hospitals have to worry about getting patients better, but with the pressure of cutting costs they have to get patients better faster, because their outcomes are often tied to their reimbursement. Read about the latest approaches organizations are using to improve patient treatment and outcomes.

Major payor stops coverage for non-emergency conditions treated in EDs

Non-emergency medical conditions treated in the emergency department (ED) will no longer be covered by Anthem in Georgia, Missouri and Kentucky – and this could be the sign of a growing trend among payors. 

Value-based care is here to stay: Keys to surviving & thriving

Value-based care is the future of health care. Despite the recent fluctuations in the industry caused by government changes and debates over the Affordable Care Act, there’s no going back to a reimbursement system based solely on services provided to patients. 

Survey: Patients want financial info before treatment

Facilities may need to take a second look at their policies on patient payment. Here’s why: According to a new survey, there’s a significant gap between what patients want regarding payment and financial options for their treatment, and what hospitals are providing. 

Big changes to bundled payments: What to expect next

The feds have changed their strategy for the implementation of bundled payments, giving facilities much more leeway in participating. While some hospitals may be breathing a sigh of relief, rest assured – they aren’t going away entirely. Neither is the growing shift toward value-based care. 

Readmissions: New penalties & current status of CMS initiative

Despite all the recent unrest over healthcare reform, readmissions penalties from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are proceeding, full steam ahead. Under the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, thousands of hospitals are being penalized for their performance in keeping patients from returning to the hospital. 

Keys to creating a consolidated lab facility for your hospital

As a way to make lab testing more efficient, some hospitals are centralizing their lab operations into one core facility, instead of sending samples to multiple places. And this practice is saving both time and money. 

Patients play role in promoting hand hygiene

Getting clinical staff on board with hand hygiene is essential to stopping the spread of disease in hospitals. To do so, many facilities are making patients more active partners in reminding their providers to wash their hands, and they’re using unique tactics to do so. 

ECRI’s top 10 patient safety concerns

Keeping patients safe and happy is a priority for all hospitals. And a big part of that entails watching out for issues that may endanger patients. That’s why ECRI Institute created its list of the Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for Healthcare Organizations 2017. 

4 keys to caring for vulnerable, high-risk patients

Hospitals are tasked with caring for members of many high-risk populations, such as senior citizens. Because Medicare and other payors are tying payment to patient outcomes, facilities must have a plan in place to manage the unique needs of patients with multiple chronic conditions and other significant health issues. 

Strategies to improve children’s health after discharge

It’s important for providers to communicate information about recovery to patients and their families – but it’s even more critical for the youngest patients who can’t advocate for themselves. New research suggests providers must do more to educate parents about how to properly care for children after a hospital stay. 

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