Medicare issued a proposed rule Friday providing a 0.8 percent increase for acute care hospitals meeting quality guidelines, and cutting payments by 2 percentage points for those not passing quality muster.
Emergency room access to a patient's medical history compiled through health information exchange reduced both readmissions and single-day admissions in a study from Israel.
Building on the success of a two-year study that determined that videoconferencing significantly reduced hospital readmissions, Indianapolis-based St. Vincent Health has partnered with its parent organization, Ascension Health Alliance, to form a joint venture that officially will launch a remote care management program next month with the goal of scaling the program on a national level.
Rush University Medical Center counts on predictive analytics for a number of quality and efficiency improvement efforts--from reducing readmissions to treating patients at risk for stroke and cardiac arrest quickly and efficiently to reducing wait times, diversions and boarding in the emergency department.
Rush's CMIO, Julio Silva, M.D., will talk about these programs and share results at an executive breakfast panel discussion, on Wed. March 6, during the HIMSS 2013 annual conference in New Orleans.
In the meantime, we caught up with Lac Tran, Rush's CIO, (left) to get a sneak peek of how RUMC is using predictive analytics to improve care for patients at risk for stroke and cardiac arrest and to improve efficiency and throughput in the ED.
Despite an ongoing campaign to reduce hospital readmissions among Medicare patients, more than 12 percent of patients nationwide wind up returning to inpatient care within 30 days.
A new study from Ottawa Hospital in Canada using an automated phone system reiterates that follow-up with patients can improve medication adherence--and flag adverse reactions.
No matter what region of the U.S. you live in, we all want access to quality healthcare. We can all agree that it's comforting when a hospital in the local receives high marks in a national ranking. However, I recently read a report in which my hometown of Buffalo, N.Y., was found to be one of the worst performing areas of the country when it comes to certain quality healthcare measures.
Successful adoption of telehealth requires breaking down barriers to patient participation, concerted efforts from multiple stakeholders and ample time to integrate systems, according to a Commonwealth Fund brief on telehealth case studies from three healthcare systems.
New research from the Yale School of Medicine adds to the evidence that the "transient period" after leaving the hospital puts patients at high risk for readmissions.
Quality improvement activities that engage whole communities lead to a drop in hospitalizations and rehospitalizations among Medicare patients, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association .