Top performing hospitals have shorter lengths of stay, fewer complications, lower mortality and readmission rates and higher average operating margins than their peers.
New York Methodist Hospital was searching for effective ways to curb its stubbornly high rates of preventable hospital readmissions, so leaders there decided to test whether volunteers also could be used to improve the discharge process.
The CMS Innovation Center plans to revive the Partnership for Patients, the $1 billion patient-safety initiative that ended last December, and will attempt to fix a flaw in its structure that obscured the results.
The U.S. spends more healthcare dollars in hospitals than anywhere else, and that makes hospitals an attractive target of efforts to increase productivity. Federal statistics suggest they've lagged behind the rest of the economy, but new research has a different take.
Holy Cross Hospital's investment in an eight-bed Seniors Emergency Center in Silver Spring, Md., increased hospital visits.
More than three dozen hospitals across the U.S. will be penalized more than 3% on most of their CMS reimbursements in 2015, the first year in which the agency's three Medicare quality and safety incentive programs will be in effect.
Ideas written into law in 2010 to push hospitals toward better and safer care are now a pervasive part of doing business with Medicare.
New limits on medical resident workhours implemented in 2011 appear to have had no effect on patient deaths or serious complications, according to two new studies published in JAMA.
Data Points for the week of Dec. 8, 2014, covered the following topics: health insurance premiums, HIV, readmissions
Three years ago, eight-hospital Riverside Health System faced looming federal penalties for excess readmissions, often the result of inadequate transitions from the hospital to home.
Studies have demonstrated the critical role that patient engagement plays in disease management. Some providers are using the Patient Activation Measure, or PAM, as a tool to help predict which patients are best equipped to engage in their care and which ones will be in need of additional support.
Healthcare professionals are moving to a digital health future but with some major obstacles in their way, according to results of a survey of 1,000 doctors, nurses and other providers released Tuesday by PricewaterhouseCoopers.