Healthcare News & Insights

Full moons & hospitals: Myths v. reality

Halloween is a holiday filled with frights and fun for people of all ages. But, for some hospital staff, one phenomenon is even scarier than the thought of ghosts and goblins: a full moon. There’s much debate about whether full moons bring crazy situations to hospitals. However, many doctors and nurses strongly believe this happens […] [MORE]

Heart attacks: Boosting patients’ chances of survival

Heart attack survival rates are one of the key metrics the feds are watching for hospitals. And with new research suggesting that elderly patients are more likely to survive heart attacks when treated at some facilities instead of others, it’s important for hospitals to make sure they’re among the top performers with outcomes after heart […] [MORE]

More hospitals creating ‘post-discharge’ spaces

Because patient outcomes are commonly tied to reimbursement, hospitals have placed more effort into making sure that care transitions are appropriate for patients. While some have bolstered their discharge planning procedures, others have used different approaches to make sure patients are more likely to have a smooth recovery. 

Hospitals help patients with care transition after discharge

The transition from hospital to home after discharge can be problematic for patients – particularly those who are frail or elderly. Just because a person’s been cleared to go home doesn’t mean he or she is completely healed, or ready to be left alone. That’s why some facilities are taking extra steps to make sure […] [MORE]

Avoid ED visits for seniors with better continuity of care

Keeping seniors from unnecessary hospital visits is essential, especially as Medicare penalties for readmissions and poor patient outcomes continue to increase. New research shows another strategy that hospitals can use to help seniors avoid visiting the emergency department and improve the quality of care they receive. 

Partnership lowers readmissions for at-risk patients

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. 

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. 

Readmissions: Complex factors that cause them

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. 

How critical access hospitals measure up for common surgeries

While much has been said about the safety of high-volume hospitals regarding certain procedures, smaller facilities may be faring better than expected. In fact, new research suggests that rural critical access hospitals are doing just as well as their larger, urban counterparts in some areas. 

2 tactics to get patients to pick up medication after discharge

Hospitals need to make sure patients stay healthy after they’re discharged. One aspect of that is medication management, giving them the prescriptions they need so they can take the drugs as directed. But that’s easier said than done in many cases.