Healthcare News & Insights

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. 

Cloud technology growing more popular in hospitals

Traditionally, hospitals and healthcare providers haven’t been quick to adopt cloud-based technology – mostly due to concerns with security. But with the recent rise in cloud electronic health records (EHR) systems, along with other tech changes, more healthcare professionals are embracing it. 

7 strategies for community hospitals to improve their bottom line

For small community hospitals, it can be difficult to boost quality of care. Larger hospitals and health systems have more resources at their disposal, and community hospitals may lag behind. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible for smaller hospitals to make progress – they just have to use different strategies to achieve success. 

How hospitals can provide better treatment to transgender patients

Hospitals have a duty to provide top-quality care to patients from all backgrounds. Clinical staff need to be sensitive to various differences that may affect patients’ needs. In particular, hospitals must make sure they’re providing the proper care and support for transgender patients. 

3 keys to keep hospital employees engaged

High-performing hospitals tend to have staff that are engaged in the facility’s mission. But engagement levels are dropping throughout the healthcare sector, and this can make a significant impact on a facility’s quality of care. That means it’s crucial for hospitals to prioritize employee engagement. 

No excuses: 5 keys to reducing medical errors in hospitals

Many medical errors are preventable. But hospitals continue to have trouble with keeping them from harming patients. To make real progress toward reducing errors and never events, facilities must be committed to making significant changes. 

A different approach to fall prevention in hospitals

Patient falls are still all too common in hospitals. A quick slip can cause severe injuries – or even death. To keep a fall from negatively affecting a patient’s recovery, facilities need to make sure their fall prevention efforts go beyond the minimum requirements. 

Value-based payments: Are hospitals on track to meet goals?

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) wants to distribute 50% of Medicare reimbursement to hospitals and healthcare providers through alternative payment models by 2018. Are hospitals on track to meet this goal? The results of a new survey indicate facilities are having limited success with value-based care. 

Study: Medical errors are 3rd most common cause of death

Thanks to a new study, hospitals are going to be scrutinized even more closely for patient outcomes. Here’s why: Research now shows that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. 

CMS delays updates to hospital star ratings: What’s next?

Good news: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that it’s postponed the release of its new star-ratings program for hospitals – and it’s planning on a few changes to make the methodology more accurate.