Healthcare News & Insights

Survey: Patients want financial info before treatment

Facilities may need to take a second look at their policies on patient payment. Here’s why: According to a new survey, there’s a significant gap between what patients want regarding payment and financial options for their treatment, and what hospitals are providing. 

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. 

Animal therapy benefits hospital patients, staff

Over the years, animal therapy has become more popular in hospitals. Not only is it used to help patients feel more at ease, it’s also become a technique to help hospital staff fight stress, sadness and burnout. 

2 unique amenities to boost patient morale & improve recovery

Hospitals are trying all sorts of different ways to prevent readmissions and help patients recover more quickly. Besides just focusing on their immediate medical needs, facilities are also looking at changes to make patients feel more human and less demoralized by their illnesses. 

Keys to help patients make better health decisions

More payors are calling on hospitals to provide patient-centered care and get patients more involved in their treatment, since better engagement often leads to improved health outcomes. Part of this process involves giving patients the information they need to make the best decisions about their health. 

ICU isn’t always best bet for patients

Figuring out ways to cut healthcare costs is crucial for hospitals, since pressure to reduce expenses has been increasing from both payors and the feds. Because of this scrutiny, hospitals must be careful that the care patients receive is appropriate for their health conditions. 

Hospitals try new strategy for hip fractures

Traditionally, hip fractures were seen as less critical injuries for patients, and hospitals would push surgeries back several days. The logic was this gave patients time to prepare for the procedure. But due to research, this opinion is slowly changing, and many facilities are trying a different approach that has improved patient outcomes.  

Why hand hygiene is critical for patients

Hand hygiene isn’t just important for doctors and nurses. New information shows that getting patients to be more vigilant about washing their own hands can help stop the spread of superbugs and bacteria in hospitals. 

Why the patient/provider relationship is key to better hospital care

To improve patient outcomes, it’s critical to have patients take more active roles in their care. When patients act as partners with providers, readmissions and complications decrease. So your hospital’s clinicians need to be more open to having a close working relationship with patients.  

Tech drives new strategy for patient-satisfaction surveys

Typically, patient-satisfaction surveys aren’t given to patients until the end of their visit, or shortly after they’re discharged. This means hospitals don’t get feedback on patients’ experiences until long after they’ve left. However, one hospital is taking a different approach to gathering feedback.