Healthcare News & Insights

Why elderly patients may need longer hospital stays

Lowering patients’ readmission rates can be challenging for hospitals. Sometimes, a longer stay may be just what a patient needs to prevent a readmission within 30 days – especially if the person’s older and being discharged to a rehabilitation center or skilled nursing facility. 

Death after discharge: Why healthy patients die following ED visits

When patients visit the emergency department with seemingly nonthreatening illnesses, hospital staff do what they can to prevent unnecessary admission to the hospital. However, some of these admissions may not be unnecessary after all, judging by patients’ outcomes once they’ve been discharged from the ED. 

CMS proposes new discharge planning rule

If you haven’t evaluated how your facility handles the discharge process in a while, get ready to do it soon. A new proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will require hospitals to make discharge planning more patient-focused. 

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.  

Group sessions help discharge education sink in

If you want to find out how to reduce your readmission rate in your cardiovascular patient population, just ask South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside, NY. 

5 challenges hospitals need to tackle in 2014 and beyond

Moving into 2014, hospitals must overcome many challenges if they wish to thrive. And they all aren’t related to new healthcare reform mandates. 

2013 OIG work plan released: Trouble areas to focus on

Warning: The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released its Fiscal Year 2013 Work Plan. And as you know, the work plan lists areas the feds will be scrutinizing for possible fraud and abuse in all settings, including hospitals.

Could early discharges cost instead of save?

Like all businesses, hospitals have to make money in order to stay in business. You can’t treat patients without staff, equipment, medications, etc., and that all requires money. But is making money sometimes done at the expense of patients’ health?

How better communication reduces patient bouncebacks

Could patient bouncebacks be reduced simply with better discharge planning?