Healthcare News & Insights

Getting your care transitions right

For an industry in the business of safely moving many of its primary customers from one setting to another, you would think health care would do better with care transitions. Yet despite the importance of care transitions to patients’ quality of care, quality of life and outcomes, many healthcare organizations still struggle with care transition […] [MORE]

Secure messaging: Clear win for health care

Smart phones make life easier for hospital providers, but their use isn’t permitted when it comes to secure messaging for patient care orders. Despite this, secure messaging still provides key advantages for healthcare organizations as detailed in this guest post by Linda Fischer, senior director of product solutions for a software solutions and services provider.

Health care’s key to improving health, care and cost

Patients – including their countless behavioral, environmental and psychosocial features – are perhaps the most critical factor in the shift to better health outcomes. But while patients are essential, there are a few other factors that drive quality care: reliance on evidence-based care, accessibility of care and affordability of care. In this guest post, Kristin […] [MORE]

Feds offer funding to hospitals for improving public health

For hospitals that want to take a more active role in boosting the health of their patient mix, but don’t have the funding in their budgets to do so, there’s good news. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced a new initiative that’ll give funding to facilities for improving public health. 

How primary care can affect your readmissions rates

It’s becoming increasingly important for hospitals to partner with primary care practices to improve patient care. Here’s one reason: Patients’ interactions with their primary care doctors could have a significant impact on your readmissions rates and emergency department (ED) use. 

Closer look at what causes readmissions

Decreasing readmissions is a priority for hospitals, but it’s very complicated to do because multiple factors play a role in a patient returning to the hospital. One study provides new insight into several areas that could help hospitals cut their readmissions. 

3 keys for hospital care coordination programs

Hospitals are being asked to take more responsibility for care coordination, and healthcare executives need to take the lead in preparing their hospitals to do so effectively. While it may be difficult to put a system in place to coordinate patient care, the benefits — both for patient care and reimbursement — can’t be denied.  

Hospitals forge partnerships to improve patient care

More hospitals are trying to avoid costly unnecessary hospital visits or admissions by creating partnerships with healthcare providers and community organizations specializing in primary care.

Social skills are important for your doctors

The doctors at your hospital may be skilled at their specialty, but it’s becoming more important to make sure they’re also equipped with social skills and emotional intelligence.

Paramedics could help hospitals reduce readmissions: Here’s how

Hospitals are getting some unlikely partners in the fight to keep readmissions low: paramedics.