Healthcare News & Insights

Addressing coronavirus, behavioral health crisis and public health concerns

Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, the United States was already in the midst of a suicide and opioid epidemic. Suicides are the tenth overall leading cause of death with 48,344 fatalities in 2018. 

ED wait times in the news – 3 keys to lower them for patients

Wait times in the emergency department (ED) are in the spotlight once again after a recent incident involving a woman’s death demonstrates that hospitals must do what they can to get patients treated immediately – especially if they have symptoms that may be life-threatening. 

eConsult platform use in community primary care settings reduces uncompensated care provided by hospitals

Rural hospitals are facing severe challenges in maintaining operating margin, with uncompensated care being a major factor. In this guest post, Chris Jaeger, head of ACO and Health System Strategy for a company that develops solutions to improve patient outcomes, will show how Telehealth eConsult platform use in local primary care settings to improve “right […] [MORE]

Study: Cut down on interruptions for ED nurses to improve efficiency

Workflow interruptions, like unexpected phone calls, may seem like minor inconveniences that don’t significantly affect efficiency at your facility. But new research shows when nurses in the emergency department (ED) are interrupted, patient care can suffer.

Almost half of healthcare visits are to emergency departments – Why?

Emergency departments (EDs) play a significant role in health care, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. EDs deliver 47.7% of medical care, and that number rises dramatically when looking at marginalized populations. 

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. 

Seniors in the ED: Treating fall injuries

Many elderly people visit the emergency department for various illnesses and conditions. Hospitals must make sure to keep them on the right track for a smooth recovery, because seniors may have a higher chance of experiencing complications than younger people do – especially after injuries like falls. 

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. 

Control ED wait times with predictive analytics

Reducing wait times and overcrowding in the emergency department (ED) is a top priority for most hospitals. But it can be difficult to pinpoint the exact issues that are causing bottlenecks. New research gives hospitals a data-based framework so they can easily identify problems. 

Avoid ED visits for seniors with better continuity of care

Keeping seniors from unnecessary hospital visits is essential, especially as Medicare penalties for readmissions and poor patient outcomes continue to increase. New research shows another strategy that hospitals can use to help seniors avoid visiting the emergency department and improve the quality of care they receive. 

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