Healthcare News & Insights

Overtreatment could be harming your patients: Here’s how to avoid it

Unnecessary tests and treatments that offer little benefit are common in health care, and they’re often harming patients. Not only does overtreatment cost hospitals money and time, it can also cause patients needless pain and suffering. 

New study finds 5-minute conversation improves patient satisfaction

Taking the time to talk to patients can be beneficial in more ways than one. In fact, a simple five-minute conversation with hospitalized patients can significantly improve their satisfaction, according to a new study from the University of Virginia (UVA). 

Value-based care is here to stay: Keys to surviving & thriving

Value-based care is the future of health care. Despite the recent fluctuations in the industry caused by government changes and debates over the Affordable Care Act, there’s no going back to a reimbursement system based solely on services provided to patients. 

Report: High-quality hospitals get better reviews on Yelp

More patients are starting to choose their hospitals based on feedback from other patients, independent research and reviews. Yelp’s become a popular forum to review and rate hospitals, and there’s evidence it may be beneficial with helping patients choose a high-quality hospital. 

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. 

Top 5 priorities for healthcare executives right now

Due to pending changes in the healthcare landscape, healthcare executives are altering their priorities for their hospitals to make sure they’ll be fully prepared for the challenges ahead. A new survey shows which areas the healthcare C-suite will be keeping top of mind. 

EHR update helped with warfarin management

Many hospitalized patients are put on the drug warfarin to keep them from developing blood clots. However, warfarin can have serious side effects that affect a patient’s recovery, including severe bleeding problems and skin necrosis. So it’s important to closely monitor the use of the drug – and your hospital’s electronic health records (EHR) system […] [MORE]

5 ‘New Year’s resolutions’ for better patient safety

A new year’s coming, and for many people, that means they start thinking about New Year’s resolutions. Whether it’s to get in shape or save more money, change is at the forefront of their thoughts. Hospitals should have the same mindset when considering patient safety. 

The future of hospitals: Treating patients at home

As technology becomes more advanced, giving providers the ability to monitor patients’ conditions from afar, “hospital at home” programs will grow in popularity. Hospitals must be prepared for this shift in care delivery. 

Bundled payments: Impact on hospitals, employers & patients

Bundled payments are becoming not just the choice for payors, but for employers and the general public as well. A new survey from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) shows just how essential it is for hospitals to get on board with this growing reimbursement trend.