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.

Avoid long hospital stays, readmissions from these ICU diagnoses

Longer hospital stays for patients can hurt your hospital’s bottom line. They also make it more likely that patients will leave dissatisfied. Spending more than a few days in the hospital usually causes patients to be cranky and upset, regardless of the quality of the care they receive, and it can sap your facility’s resources. 

Keys to developing cultural sensitivity in your facility

The rise of diversity within the hospital setting can be positive for patients and providers, but it comes with some challenges as well. Cultural differences mean patients may respond differently to traditional treatment methods or the usual routines, so sensitivity is required from all clinical staff. 

Lessons microhospitals can teach your organization

Many healthcare organizations are developing microhospitals, which are smaller facilities that focus on noncritical patients and are often combined with primary care or specialty practices. Even if your organization isn’t creating its own microhospital, the lessons learned from their implementation can apply to any health system. 

Opioids are a public health crisis: What your hospital can do

The opioid crisis is one of the main public health crises in the U.S., and hospitals are being impacted in many ways. From new restrictions on opiate prescribing to increases in opioid dependence for surgical patients, healthcare organizations must adapt to the challenges created by the opioid epidemic. 

5 keys to addressing transgender patients’ healthcare needs

Transgender Americans are being failed by the healthcare system, including hospitals and other providers, according to a new poll from NPR. Many trans people don’t have regular access to health care, and for those that do, the stigma and discrimination they face leads them to avoid seeking treatment.

Keys to avoid repetitive lab testing in your hospital

New research from doctors at Johns Hopkins University and other organizations reveals repetitive lab testing for hospitalized patients is costly and unnecessary. Constant blood draws can also lead to hospital-acquired anemia and a variety of complications. 

Almost half of healthcare visits are to emergency departments – Why?

Emergency departments (EDs) play a significant role in health care, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. EDs deliver 47.7% of medical care, and that number rises dramatically when looking at marginalized populations. 

Overtreatment could be harming your patients: Here’s how to avoid it

Unnecessary tests and treatments that offer little benefit are common in health care, and they’re often harming patients. Not only does overtreatment cost hospitals money and time, it can also cause patients needless pain and suffering. 

Spot & stop medication nonadherence with data analytics

Patient nonadherence to medication is one of the biggest problems facing providers and hospitals today. Treatment doesn’t work if someone doesn’t follow instructions, but how can facilities spot those patients – and convince them to change their behavior? Strategic use of patient data can help. 

New study finds 5-minute conversation improves patient satisfaction

Taking the time to talk to patients can be beneficial in more ways than one. In fact, a simple five-minute conversation with hospitalized patients can significantly improve their satisfaction, according to a new study from the University of Virginia (UVA). 

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