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Reduce pneumonia rates, save money: Strategies for your facility

Hospital-acquired pneumonia puts patients’ health at serious risk. Beyond impacting patient safety, treating pneumonia costs money and resources, so revamping your facility’s prevention efforts can both boost your bottom line and improve patient care. 

Social factors affect readmissions for 3 conditions in hospitals

Pneumonia, heart failure and heart attacks are three of the top conditions Medicare’s evaluating to judge hospitals based on 30-day readmission rates. Although there are several aspects of treating patients for these illnesses hospitals can influence, there are other factors outside of a facility’s control. So hospitals may have to look deeper to make significant […] [MORE]

One surprising way to reduce pneumonia rates

Trying to decrease your hospital’s pneumonia rates? One facility tried an unconventional method to much success: focusing on oral hygiene.

Adverse events declining for patients, but there’s still a way to go

A recent study offers hospitals some good news about patient safety: Rates of adverse events for patients with certain conditions are on the decline.

Pneumonia mortality rate drop questioned

If you look at recent reports of the mortality rate of patients hospitalized with pneumonia, you’ll see a steady decline. That can only mean advances in clinical care and improvements in quality are saving more patients, right?

Report: Hospital quality on the rise

Good news from the Joint Commission’s latest report on hospital quality: Significant gains were made across the board on key indicators of care quality.

Do lower costs = lower quality of care?

It’s a question of utmost importance as the country debates what the health care system should look like: Do hospitals that spend less do so at the risk of providing poorer care?

New research outlines true cost of hospital acquired infections

Hospital-acquired cases of pneumonia and sepsis could cost more than $8 billion in increased health costs — and 48,000 patient deaths — annually.