Although healthcare costs continue to rise, the number of Americans having trouble paying their bills dropped between 2011 and the first half of 2017. Some of that can be attributed to increased coverage via the Affordable Care Act. Still, medical debt continues to be a pervasive problem.
The consequences of failure in healthcare can be dire. Providing health care has gravity, driving many healthcare organizations to strive to become a High-Reliability Organization, or HRO. HROs are organizations that operate in complex, high-risk environments with fewer than normal accidents or...
In a letter to the CMS, the Leapfrog Group opposed a proposal to remove safety measures from two CMS quality reporting programs, arguing the move is a blow to transparency.
A focus on culture has allowed hospitals to repeat several times on the annual IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list.
The 3 Wishes Project at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center tries to help patients, family members and clinicians cope at the end of life.
Deputies check every "nook and cranny" if a hospital patient is reported missing, but there is no protocol for the same situation at the residential-care facility of the Behavioral Health Center, which is run by San Francisco's public health department.
By implementing systemness, healthcare providers ensure that patients have the same experience and get the same high quality of care no matter where in an organization they receive care. Hoping to realize this objective, Dignity Health began rolling out a systemwide initiative in late 2016 that...
Drug shortages continue to keep providers across the nation scrambling to find options for patient care. A new survey from the American College of Emergency Physicians found that 9 in 10 doctors are taking time away from patients as they search for alternative therapies.
Healthcare providers need to engage patients between encounters, to meet the objectives of value-based care. But traditional in-person or telephonic methods cost both time and money. To offer support and outreach guidance that patients need to improve outcomes – without overextending already...
Prescription opioid misuse and overdoses are on the rise. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 40 Americans die every day from prescription opioid overdose. It also estimates that the economic impact in the United States is $78.5 billion a year, including the...
Dr. Jennifer Bolduc attended medical school and completed her pediatric training at the University of Vermont. She practiced pediatrics for the U.S. Navy in Yokosuka, Japan, and Bremerton, Washington, prior to practicing and serving as CMIO at the Walla Walla Clinic. Dr. Bolduc joined Allscripts in...
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement, CMS, FDA, Joint Commission and others joined forces to create an action plan that relies on a "total systems approach" to uniformly apply safety principles across the industry.