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.

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. 

U.S. News & World Report announces 2017-18 Best Children’s Hospitals

It’s that time again: U.S. News & World Report has issued its ranking of the Best Children’s Hospitals in the country. This year, there are quite a few familiar facilities on this year’s Honor Roll – as well as some new entries. 

Animal therapy: Prevent health risks at your hospital

Animal therapy programs at hospitals have many benefits. They improve the mood of both patients and staff, which contributes to better recoveries and a lower chance of burnout. But there are also risks involved in bringing animals onsite – and some hospitals aren’t keeping the potential problems in mind. 

More hospitals offering patients legal services

In an age of value-based payments, hospitals are doing more for patients than just treating their acute problems. They’re getting to the root of some of the socioeconomic issues that can make patients’ recovery difficult. Facilities are even offering patients access to legal representation in certain cases. 

Surprising source of bacteria & infections in hospitals

A great deal of effort’s been put into making sure hospitals avoid spreading germs that cause deadly infections in patients. But some of the bacteria may not actually originate behind hospital walls, which could change how facilities approach infection prevention down the line. 

Study: Early treatment protocols improve sepsis outcomes

Sepsis is one of the leading causes of death in hospitals across the county. As a way to improve patient outcomes, more healthcare pros are arguing in favor of early detection testing once the illness is suspected. There’s been some debate on whether this was effective – until now. 

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