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American College of Surgeons clinical database drives improvements in surgical quality

The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) provides more accurate data for driving improvements in surgical quality than two other sources of administrative data, according to two new studies.

Reducing hospital readmissions through telemedicine partnerships with skilled nursing facilities

Guest post by Raymond Hino, president and CEO of the Sonoma West Medical Center in California. Telemedicine systems, including remote presence technology, have evolved over the years from stationary...

EHRs enable big data analysis to predict readmission risks

The information in different electronic health records can be collected to create large scale predictive analyses to reduce unplanned patient readmissions, as Illinois-based Advocate Health Care can attest.

Why nursing homes should embrace HIEs

Inefficient and unclear communication between hospitals and nursing homes can complicate care, so researchers are looking to health information exchange to change that, according to research published at  Applied Clinical Informatics.

Patients with surgical complications less likely to die if readmitted to same hospital

Patients who are readmitted to the hospital when complications occur after a major surgery are more likely to survive if they return to the facility where that original surgery took place, a new study finds. The research reveals the potential downside to medical tourism.

For elderly patients, hospital environment can do more harm than good

Hospitals must address environmental factors that leave many patients at risk of long-term damage from post-hospital syndrome and delirium, according to a column in Forbes.

What is a physician practice's role in reducing readmissions?

Although it's hospitals that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will penalize for excessive 30-day readmissions, primary care offices face increasing pressure to do their part to reduce readmissions as well, according to an article from  Medscape.

Hospitals that reduce readmissions still hit with penalties

Even if a hospital succeeds in cutting readmissions, it could still experience steep financial penalties from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, according to a new report by the Altarum Institute's Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness.

Optimize patient flow: The key to reducing readmissions

Despite many hospital's efforts to reduce readmissions, penalties for excessive readmissions reached an all-time high this year. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid will levy fines to 2,610...

Could longer hospital stays mean lower costs?

For decades, hospitals have tried to reduce the average length of patient stay, concluding the longer a patient occupied one of their beds, the higher costs for treating them rose. However, a new study by Columbia University's business school has found that patients who stay in the hospital longer--by one day--have lower costs and better outcomes.