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.

Stop communication breakdowns during care transitions

Transitioning a patient from your hospital to their home or another healthcare facility is often a complicated process. And figuring out how to best serve the patient, while avoiding readmissions, depends on good communication. 

Direct communication with patients improves quality of care

It’s easy to emphasize the clinical aspects of patient care, since that’s the main focus in most hospitals. But by spending so much time on physical health, communication with patients about their emotional well-being can often fall by the wayside. 

Quiet down! Lower noise levels positively impact critical care patients

High noise levels might be good for a concert or baseball game, but they’re not conducive to a healing hospital environment. The constant humming and droning of machines, the chatter of nurses and family members, and even the soap operas on patient TVs can all impact patients’ recovery. 

Investing in housing, other social elements of health can decrease ED visits

Emergency department (ED) visits are often expensive and time-consuming for patients and hospitals alike, especially when those visits aren’t necessary. Often, those unnecessary visits come from patients who can’t afford regular medical care, including low-income or homeless people who may have unstable housing and other quality-of-life issues. 

Good news: Hospital-acquired conditions on the decline

A hospital’s main goal is to make patients better, but sometimes the opposite happens and patients acquire new conditions during their stays. When those adverse events occur, dealing with them adds a host of new challenges to patient care. 

CMS’s PI interoperability rule change is a good start, but is there more it can address?

The healthcare industry has attempted to bridge the gap between medical data and quality patient care. In this guest post, Thanh Tran, CEO of a company that provides preventive care solutions by supporting and facilitating annual wellness visits, chronic care management and behavioral health, and Donald Voltz, MD, Medical Director of a hospital operating room, […] [MORE]

Study: Marginalized groups at greater risk for readmission, ED visits

Once patients leave your hospital, you know all too well that it doesn’t necessarily mean they won’t return to your facility. When patients are discharged and moved to home health care, for example, there’s always a chance they’ll be readmitted or visit the emergency department (ED). 

Medication nonadherence costs $300B annually: How to close the gap

Patients not adhering to their medications is an eternal struggle at every healthcare facility. No matter how many times you remind patients about taking their medications, picking up refills and following instructions, somehow it always slips through the cracks. 

Improving palliative care can shorten hospital stays, increase bottom line

Your hospital may already offer excellent palliative care, but there’s always room for improvement. New research shows adding palliative care consultation, or expanding what you already have, can not only positively impact your sickest patients, but can also save your organization money.

Best practices to care for patients with limited English proficiency

Communicating the ins and outs of healthcare and treatment to patients is hard enough without a language barrier. While complex medical jargon may sound like another language to many patients, even relatively simple conversations may be difficult when patients have limited proficiency in English. 

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