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.
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]
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
More hospitals are taking active roles in improving patients’ treatment across the continuum of care. Because long-term outcomes have become more important in evaluating hospital performance, facilities are partnering with other healthcare entities to help patients stay healthy after they’re discharged. One such initiative has produced positive results for patients with multiple chronic conditions.
New research says what many hospitals have likely suspected all along: A variety of factors influence whether a patient will be readmitted shortly after discharge, and they aren’t always related to the original reason for the patient’s first hospital stay.
Hospitals must try all the strategies they can to reduce readmissions, and it’s wise for them to think outside the box to come up with different ideas they can adapt for their patient mix. Various health systems across the country have launched successful initiatives to improve their patients’ health – and facilities can learn from […] [MORE]