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EHR Use Helps to Reduce Hospital Readmissions, Length of Stays

December 27, 2018 - The ongoing debate over whether EHR use improves or impedes patient care has persisted for nearly ten years. While the technology is unpopular among many of its users, a recent study by Wani et al. offers evidence to suggest the technology may be yielding small but notable improvements in patient health outcomes. As part of the Journal of Operations Management...

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New York Expands ADT Notification Use Statewide Through SHIN-NY

by Kate Monica

The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) will expand the use of admission, discharge, and transfer (ADT) notifications across the state through the Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY) to improve care coordination...

Communication, Health Data Exchange Lags Between Hospitals, PCPs

by Kate Monica

Hospitals need to increase health data exchange and communication with primary care providers (PCPs) to improve care coordination, boost patient health outcomes, and reduce hospital readmission rates, according to former CMS official and...

EHR Use Ineffective in Improving Heart Failure Health Outcomes

by Kate Monica

Despite early promises that EHR use could assist in reducing hospital readmissions and boosting care quality, new research from the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA) found EHR use has been largely ineffective in improving...

HIE Adoption of ADT Notifications Improving Patient Outcomes

by Kate Monica

Health information exchanges (HIEs) can improve clinical efficiency for providers and equip healthcare facilities with vital patient information as individuals move across the continuum of care. For ten years, the Utah Health Information...

Best Practices for Hospital Discharges to Post-Acute Sites

by Wayne Sensor of Ensocare

By designing the hospital discharges to be efficient, patient-centered, and data-driven, hospitals can go a long way toward ensuring positive outcomes. When hospitals discharge patients to post-acute settings, they must give up a modicum...

Reduction of inpatient care is challenging hospital revenues

by Jennifer Bresnick

While patients may be very pleased with the ability to stay out of the hospital, those healthcare organizations that are failing to adapt to a greater emphasis on preventative, outpatient care and shorter lengths of stays are finding empty...

Exercise lowers 30-day readmissions by 34% for COPD patients

by Jennifer Bresnick

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients with higher levels of physical activity were notably less likely to be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge, says a Kaiser Permanente study published this week in the...

Aetna, Atlantic Accountable Care Organization pen agreement

by Nicole Freeman

Atlantic Accountable Care Organization (Atlantic ACO) and Aetna have reached a new accountable care agreement to improve care delivery and coordination. The ACO includes 1,700 primacy care providers and specialists who serve over 28,000...

PCORI offers $206 million for patient care research

by Nicole Freeman

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is offering almost $206 million to aid in patient-centered effectiveness research (CER) projects. The eight PCORI Funding Announcements (PFAs) include the first opportunity offered...

Minnesota hospitals save $40 million through quality reforms

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Wisconsin hospitals are not the only healthcare organization realizing millions in cost savings as a result of quality improvements. Less than a week after the Wisconsin Hospital Association revealed that participating hospitals in the...

Winners of the 2013 John M. Eisenberg awards announced

by Nicole Freeman

The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum (NQF) have announced the four winners of the 2013 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards, which will presented at the 2014 NQF Annual Conference and Membership Meeting in...

Wisc. hospital quality improvements generate major savings

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Recent findings published by Wisconsin Hospital Association show how quality improvements can lead to tens of millions of dollars in savings. The WHA’s 2013 Quality Report estimates that the state’s hospitals were able to...

Current readmissions data may be misleading, says study

by Jennifer Bresnick

Hospitals trying to cut their readmissions rates to avoid penalties may not be working with the right data, says a study by the University of Michigan Health System, presented at the 2013 Clinical Congress of the American College of...

How document types affect meaningful use, readmissions

by Sponsored Content

Over the past few years the bar has certainly been raised for hospitals, patient care facilities, and practitioners. In 2009, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), which included new legislation in the...

AHRQ looking to new app to reduce emergency readmissions

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is looking to a pilot program to reduce the number of unnecessary patient visits to the emergency department, according to a notice published by the agency in the Federal Register. Dubbed the...

How can providers remove gaps along the care continuum?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is about to reward and has already begun penalizing hospitals and providers failing to identify and remove gaps along the continuum of care. On one end of the spectrum, the federal...

Knee and hip replacement readmissions may cost $265,000

by Jennifer Bresnick

Readmitting a patient after an elective knee or hip replacement?  Prepare for a quarter of a million dollar fine from Medicare.  New accountable care guidelines institute harsh penalties for hospitals that are unable to prevent...



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