Healthcare News & Insights

Managing a hospital comes with a number of challenges unique from those of other organizations. Read here to see how the best in class overcome those hospital management challenges.

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). 

Female doctors have high rates of burnout: Here’s why

Studies show women make excellent physicians, but they experience burnout at higher rates than their male colleagues. Female doctors also have higher rates of depression than average – so what’s going on? 

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. 

Disaster preparedness: 5 key components to effective emergency management

Natural disasters cause nearly 500 deaths annually in the US. Unfortunately, healthcare facilities continue to fall short in disaster planning and preparedness. This lack of preparation creates the potential for serious ramifications, putting staff, patients and the financial security of the hospital at risk. In this guest post, Scott Cormier, VP of emergency management, environment […] [MORE]

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. 

Leadership rounds: Create a ‘patient safety first’ culture

Doctors aren’t the only people who should be making rounds at your facility. Hospital executives need to get out from behind their desks and make their own patient safety “leadership rounds.” 

6 strategies for increasing diversity in your hospital

A huge concern for most hospitals is decreasing disparities in health care between different groups due to an increasing focus on population health. Adding diversity to your facility at all levels can help bridge that gap. 

Hospitals ranked by employee satisfaction: Why certain facilities stand out

For a hospital to be high-performing, it must employ good workers who are engaged in the hospital’s mission and goals. But competent staff can be tough to find and retain. Although many facilities have placed effort into improving patient satisfaction, looking at employee satisfaction isn’t as common. However, it’s essential to attracting good people. 

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. 

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