Healthcare News & Insights

Are quality improvement programs really lowering costs?

Hospitals are doing all they can to lower their costs. One way they’re doing this is by using quality improvement programs to prevent readmissions. And while they are having success at lowering readmissions, a new study shows the cost-savings aspect isn’t always there. 

Why elderly patients may need longer hospital stays

Lowering patients’ readmission rates can be challenging for hospitals. Sometimes, a longer stay may be just what a patient needs to prevent a readmission within 30 days – especially if the person’s older and being discharged to a rehabilitation center or skilled nursing facility. 

Study: Sepsis tops list for readmissions

Although the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) doesn’t judge hospitals specifically on their performance with readmissions due to sepsis, it may be on the horizon for the feds in the near future. This is especially true given new research showing just how many readmissions can be attributed to the illness. 

Hospitals use harmonicas to help COPD patients

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is one of Medicare’s target conditions where hospitals must reduce readmissions for patients. Because it can be tough for facilities to get serious cases of COPD under control, some hospitals are trying unconventional methods to improve patients’ lung function – including harmonica lessons. 

Female doctors may have an edge with patient care

A surprising factor may play a role in patient outcomes, affecting readmissions, recovery and other aspects of a patient’s hospital stay: the physician’s gender. According to the results of a new study from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine, elderly patients may fare differently depending on whether their doctors are men […] [MORE]

How new 21st Century Cures Act impacts hospitals

President Obama has just signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law. The bipartisan bill, which aims to improve access and treatment for various kinds of care, has several implications for hospitals in 2017 and beyond. 

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]

Nutrition plays big role in patient outcomes

Nutrition is an essential part of patients’ recovery, and many hospitals are realizing it’s a good idea to work with patients to increase their knowledge of nutrition and access to healthy foods. New research shows providing better nutrition care directly improves patients’ outcomes after hospital stays. 

Occupational therapy in hospitals boosts quality, lowers readmissions

Hospitals make many financial investments in an attempt to improve patient care and reduce readmissions. With all the options available, it can be tough to know which areas provide the most bang for your buck. New research calls attention to a different approach to improving patient care that your facility might not have considered yet. 

Latest on readmissions: How hospitals are doing now

The fight to reduce hospital readmissions for Medicare patients may seem like an uphill battle at times. But there’s some good news from the feds: All your efforts are starting to pay off, and readmissions rates are starting to decline.