After implementing a video-based patient-education system, Charleston Area Medical Center saw reduced readmissions for chronic conditions.
Hospitals that had the worst readmission rates prior to the Affordable Care Act improved the most, the authors found.
A new study estimates that 32,000 fewer patients would die every year if patient outcomes under male physicians matched those of female physicians.
All hospitals across the U.S. face a broad array of challenges. The ones that made the top 50 in cardiac care are the ones that figured out how to navigate the unique challenges of a service line crucial to hospitals' overall quality performance and bottom lines.
Sending trained workers to high-risk patients' homes to help them with psychological, social and environmental challenges helped drastically reduce readmissions at one Maryland hospital.
Sixteen healthcare organizations will receive $347 million to support 4,000 hospitals across the U.S. in reducing harm to patients.
A new CMS rule will bar nursing homes from compelling residents to settle disputes in arbitration as a condition of admission and introduces new requirements aimed at improving the quality of care and reducing unnecessary hospital readmissions.
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.
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.