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.

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. 

Good news: When readmissions decrease, fewer people die

Because of the growing focus on readmissions, many healthcare experts were worried that other areas could be negatively affected by the push to keep people out of the hospital – specifically, mortality rates. However, new research offers good news on this front. 

ACA repeal fails: What’s next for health care & hospitals?

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) saga continues. Two recent efforts to repeal the bill have failed to get enough support to go forward, but its future still remains uncertain, leaving hospitals in limbo. 

Study looks at readmission causes for all payors

Most studies of readmissions focus on Medicare patients, and for good reason: Hospitals are penalized for high Medicare readmissions rates. However, to get readmissions under control, facilities must look at the full scope of the problem among all types of patients – not just senior citizens. 

Food insecurity: What hospitals can do for patients

Food insecurity is a significant problem for patients. And as hospitals put more effort into population health initiatives to better serve their communities, it’s become a higher priority to ensure patients have regular access to healthy food. 

Sepsis nurses help hospitals boost outcomes

Many hospitals have had difficulty getting a handle on sepsis. The disease harms thousands of patients each year, and statistics show it’s one of the leading causes of death in hospitals. To dampen its effects, some facilities have started tackling sepsis with additional assistance from specially trained nurses. 

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