Massachusetts' efforts to reduce unplanned hospital readmissions yielded mixed results in recent years, with a small portion of the patient population continuing to account for most readmissions, according to a new report from the state Center for Health Information and Analysis.
A Portland, Oregon-based healthcare collaboration involving an insurer, a Seattle hospital system and an information technology company has reduced treatment costs, improved patient satisfaction and eliminated thousands of hours' worth of wasted work, according to a case study published in the Harvard Business Review.
Organizations must have transparency in order to create a true culture of patient safety. But it takes strong leadership to overcome the barriers to transparency ingrained in healthcare culture so that organizations can be open about errors and mistakes that harm patients and make changes in their systems to keep them from happening again, argue four members of the National Patient Safety Foundation's Lucian Leape Institute in a blog post for Health Affairs..
One year after reports of long waitlists and coverups of care delays rocked the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, not only have waitlists only grown longer, but a budget shortfall of nearly $3 billion could affect care for many veterans, according to a report in The New York Times.
A Georgia health center that was rebuilt after a tornado destroyed it is No. 1 on a list of the most beautiful hospitals in the United States.
Despite its challenges with hand-hygiene compliance and doctor-patient communication, Cleveland Clinic has had tremendous success with accountable care and improving patient safety and care access, according to CEO Toby Cosgrove, M.D., who spoke Friday at the sixth annual National ACO Summit in the District of Columbia.
The New York Times takes an in-depth look at the changes in U.S. emergency rooms that have led to a 38 percent decline in the death rate from coronary heart disease from 2003 to 2013.
Implementing an accountable care organization is nearly impossible without high-quality clinical engagement, according to a panel of healthcare leaders at Friday's sixth annual National ACO Summit in the District of Columbia.
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.
In another example of the growing role pharmacists play in healthcare, a discharge clinic, staffed with a pharmacist and nurse practitioner who meet with patients after their release from the hospital, has helped Mercy Hospital & Medical Center in Chicago cut its readmission rates, according to an article in Hospitals and Health Networks Daily.
As merger rumors intensify between the country's largest health insurers, healthcare providers worry that increased consolidation will spell bad news for them.
Leavitt Partners' Accountable Care Cooperative and the Brookings Institution's ACO Learning Network announced a merger that will create the world's largest accountable care collaborative.
A panel of healthcare leaders discussed five key strategies organizations can use to manage the health of vulnerable patient populations during a session yesterday at the sixth annual National Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Summit in the District of Columbia.
In addition to understanding why a medical error happened, healthcare organizations must also take strong action through its root cause analysis process to keep it from happening again, according to new guidelines released this week by the National Patient Safety Foundation.
Leaders of two accountable care organizations shared the strategies they use to actively engage patients and improve healthcare delivery and outcomes while reducing costs during Wednesday's preconference session of the sixth annual National ACO Summit in the District of Columbia.
Readmission rates at Pennsylvania hospitals are improving--at least for some chronic conditions, according to a new report from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4).
Innovation is more than a buzzword in an industry as volatile as healthcare. Kaiser Permanente, one of the country's largest health systems, is using "pull strategies" to attract people to new ideas, according to Benjamin K. Chu, M.D., executive vice president of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan, based in Oakland, California.
State and federal regulators claim Idaho-based St. Luke's Health System is not complying with a federal court decision to unwind its acquisition of Saltzer Medical Group, the state's largest physician practice, according to the Idaho Statesman.
Threats to patient safety such as hospital-acquired infections, patient falls and medical errors make nationwide headlines, but lesser-known safety threats such as dietary errors and hazardous antiseptic products may slip under the radar.