Building patient self-efficacy among patients to change unhealthy behaviors into new good habits—like reducing salt intake or tracking your weight daily—is one low-cost, high-return way to continue to make progress. And it benefits both the patient and the hospital.
Members of a panel of healthcare leaders who gathered in Chicago this week remain optimistic that through innovations and a persistent approach to patient-centered, data-driven care delivery, the healthcare industry can attack costs and bring them under control.
CMS administrators credited initiatives like the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program with saving Medicare beneficiaries from 100,000 unnecessary hospital readmissions in 2015 alone.
Advocates say safety net hospitals are unfairly punished by new penalties for readmissions. Bellevue Hospital has found strategies to give it an edge in that battle.
The 10 hospitals with the largest decreases in readmissions penalties and the 10 with the largest increases, ranked by penalty percentage point changes. Based on the August, 2016 CMS release of readmissions adjustment factors for fiscal 2017 compared with FY 2016 data. Published August 15, 2016 on...
Despite a growing body of research that shows staying in bed can be harmful to seniors, many hospitals still don't put a high priority on making them walk. But at UAB Hospital-Highland's 26-bed geriatric unit, patients are encouraged to start moving as soon as they arrive.
The financial penalties would start to hit hospitals in October, but they would be based on readmissions for the three-year period ended June 2015.
We asked readers to select up to three out of 25 topics covered in the Best Practices feature since it was launched in 2013. The top 10 vote-getters include using scribes to aid physicians, payers publishing the cost of services and ways to smooth the discharge process.
Hospitals are concluding they have to work very closely with healthcare providers, community organizations, families and patients themselves if they're going to keep people out of hospital beds—the new mandate under Medicare and fast-growing models of value-based payment.
Plano, Texas-based Vivify Health's software platform allows clinicians to monitor and check in with patients at home. The highest-risk patients are provided with a tablet, while others access the tools through their own devices.
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Even as healthcare costs have been somewhat tamed in recent years, they remain a prominent target for patients, payers and regulators alike, prompting providers to continuously look for an edge in trimming expenses.
Experts are still studying the issue, but hospitals say Medicare must tweak how excess readmissions are measured to make sure penalties reflect quality, not demographics.