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Best Practices: Using volunteers to improve discharges

Best Practices: Using volunteers to improve discharges

By Maureen McKinney  |  February 14, 2015

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.

CMS revives and retools Partnership for Patients

By Melanie Evans  |  February 12, 2015

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.

Hospitals may have improved productivity after all

By Melanie Evans  |  February 11, 2015

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.

Medicare penalties begin taking toll

Medicare penalties begin taking toll

By Sabriya Rice  |  January 03, 2015

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.

Data Points for Dec. 8, 2014

Data Points for Dec. 8, 2014

By Modern Healthcare  |  December 06, 2014

Data Points for the week of Dec. 8, 2014, covered the following topics: health insurance premiums, HIV, readmissions

Aging agencies help cut readmissions

By Maureen McKinney  |  December 06, 2014

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.

Targeting the right patients for support

By Maureen McKinney  |  December 06, 2014

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.

Providers see the digital future and, mostly, know it's theirs

By Darius Tahir  |  November 18, 2014

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.

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