A bipartisan bill introduced in Congress this week would amend the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' readmissions program to factor in patients' socioeconomic status to prevent hospitals from receiving penalties for circumstances beyond their control.
Despite concerns that hospitals focus on patient satisfaction measures at the expense of care outcomes, positive patient experiences track closely with better outcomes, according to a new study published in the Journal of Patient Experience.
The discharge process remains a major obstacle for healthcare leaders seeking to improve outcomes and reduce readmissions, in large part because patients often don't understand the instructions. New research now suggests multiple strategies that could improve the process, including treating it more like the admissions process and dispensing medications at that point.
If hospitals wish to keep their joint replacement patients from being readmitted, they may want to keep an eye on their nursing staffs.
Pulling data from electronic health records to efficiently identify adverse events is one of the "key challenges" hospitals face in reducing such events, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
Emergency room patients who return at a later time for more care have significantly lower costs and mortality rates than those who are admitted as inpatients during the initial episode of care.
Hospitals are trying many methods to reduce the number of patient readmissions--transitional care, family education and even house calls. Now electronic health record systems are playing a larger role in hospitals' efforts to tackle this growing problem. In this special report, FierceEMR highlights efforts by the Cleveland Clinic and Burlington, Massachusetts-based Lahey Hospital and Medical Center to make the most of their EHRs to reduce readmission rates. Report
While a pair of physician-led mobile health projects are producing respectable returns on investment, project leaders acknowledge that there are still challenges to overcome.
The physician who coined the term "post-hospital syndrome" told U.S. News & World Report Health that the effort to fight the phenomenon must begin during the patient's original stay.
Follow-up home visits from a physician's assistant reduced complications and costs associated with cardiac surgery, according to a new study. The visits also led to a drop in the rate of readmissions.