Quality & Safety

Parents, family members can help docs spot medical errors

Unfortunately, errors happen. Knowing how to recognize them ASAP is essential to preventing unnecessary patient harm. Regarding young patients, providers can take a page from parents and guardians in identifying where mistakes happen in the care delivery process.

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By and On Saturday, January 30th, 2016

7 strategies to reduce readmissions among minorities

Fierce Healthcare — Amid growing concerns about racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare outcomes, as well as frustration over the fact that federal penalties unfairly punish providers in high-risk communities, Medicare has released a guide to help hospitals improve communication and care of minority and socioeconomically disadvantaged patients and reduce readmission rates. Racial and ethnic minority populations […]

By On Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Hospitals under pressure to cut readmissions for minorities, poor

Modern Healthcare — The CMS is pushing hospitals to establish more aggressive care plans and to team up with non-medical personnel such as social workers in a new guidance aimed at reducing readmissions for minority and low income Medicare enrollees. Minority and other vulnerable people with chronic conditions such as congestive heart failure are more […]

By On Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Hospitals prepare to see stars in April

Modern Healthcare — The CMS has shared the methodology behind its five-star hospital quality ratings to be published this April on Medicare’s Hospital Compare website. The American Hospital Association gives the methodology a low score. The ratings are meant to summarize complicated statistical data into “useful and easy-to-interpret” information for patients and consumers, the agency […]

By On Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

Fewer than 1 in 5 nurses comply with guidelines for standard precautions

Only 17.4 percent of ambulatory care nurses reported compliance in all nine standard precautions for infection prevention, according to a study published in the January issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). Researchers from Northwell Health (formerly North Shore Long Island Jewish Health […]

By and On Friday, January 22nd, 2016

C. diff Infection Raises Hospital Costs by 40% per Case

It can be difficult to quantify the exact economic burden of C. diff on hospitals and the health system as a whole. But a recent study puts a dollar amount on the cost of C. diff, that number is not only big, but also likely underestimated.

By and On Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Cleveland Pressures Hospitals To Keep ERs Open To All Ambulances

When East Cleveland’s emergency medical squad gets called to treat a man with a severe nosebleed, it’s a pretty run-of-the-mill case.

The patient walks woozily out to the ambulance from a tan house on a tree-lined street. Anthony Savoy, the head medic, calls ahead to University Hospitals, which has the closest emergency room. Savoy wants to make sure the ER has space for the patient.

By and On Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

ANA to Launch “Culture of Safety” Campaign

The American Nurses Association (ANA) will spend 2016 promoting its new “Culture of Safety” campaign to champion improved safety for patients and healthcare providers. The year-long effort will focus on safety for healthcare providers, as well as the patients they serve.

By and On Thursday, December 24th, 2015

Pennsylvania hospitals trim $700 million by cutting readmissions

Hospitals in Pennsylvania have saved close to $700 million in last few years by cutting down on readmission rates and preventing unnecessary hospitalizations, according to the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council.

By and On Monday, December 21st, 2015

Push On To Make Transparent Medical Records The National Standard Of Care

Perched on an exam table at the doctor’s office watching the clinician type details about their medical problems into their file, what patient hasn’t wondered exactly what the doctor is writing? As many as 50 million patients may have a chance to find out in the next few years, following the announcement this week of $10 million in new grants to expand the OpenNotes project, which works with medical providers to expand patient access to clinician notes.

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