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How patient-centered care helped an Arkansas hospital cut readmissions by 90%

One Arkansas hospital system has cut readmissions nearly 90 percent by addressing both direct and indirect contributing factors, according to Executive Insight.

Health system uses mHealth to sustain dialogue with patients, reduce readmissions

A San Diego-based health system is using a mobile coaching program to keep patients from being readmitted to the hospital. At Sharp HealthCare's Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group, the text-messaging solution helps keep patients engaged with their care long after a hospital stay.

Nurses' work environment helps outcomes, readmissions more than staffing

The nurse work environment contributes more to good patient outcomes and reduced readmission rates than staffing levels do, according to a new report from Press Ganey.

Readmissions often linked to emergency surgeries

Hospitals struggling with the financial impact of patient readmissions should consider recent findings that reveal many emergency surgical cases wind up back in their facilities. 

'Post-hospital syndrome' ups readmission risk for outpatient elective surgery patients

Patients who have been hospitalized within the last 90 days have a special vulnerability in the healthcare setting to "post-hospital syndrome," according to a study presented this week at the annual meeting of the Western Surgical Association.

Lack of adherence sinks UCLA remote monitoring study

Telemonitoring failed to improve readmission rates for heart failure patients in research from the University of California-Los Angeles.

Major database used to set hospital reimbursement has deep flaws

A major database used to determine hospital reimbursement contains glaring flaws, according to research from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Real-time technology helps Chicago network reduce readmissions

The Medical Home Network (MHN) collaboration in Chicago was able to substantially reduce hospital admissions and costs using a secure Web-based care coordination tool and a team-based model of care, according to an announcement.

As readmissions fall, observation status rises--even at hospitals outside readmissions program

Many hospitals are substituting observation care for readmissions, even those that do not stand to lose money if they don't reduce their rates, according to a  Health Affairs  blog post.

Medicare must make changes to the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program

It's fair to say that when hospital executives grumble about something that cuts into their organizations' bottom lines, I tend to take each of their claims with skepticism. But in the case...