Hospital administrators across the country should ask themselves six important questions to uncover and tackle systematic problems within their organizations that may lead to inadequate patient care, according to a HealthAffairs blog post.
This week, FieceHealthcare reported on healthcare's "dirty little secret" about coordinated care: it's not very well coordinated and no one is responsible for it.
The "secret" was aired in a Kaiser Health News/Washington Post article, in which hospital patient advocates bemoaned confusion about who is managing a patient's care, provider miscommunications, unsafe hospitalist workloads and lack of coordination among caregivers.
And exacerbating that lack of coordination is the fact that most physicians need more help than is currently available to create and sustain team-based care--key to implementing coordinated care plans.
Such reports make me worry that healthcare's "little secret" isn't all that little. Read more...
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