Category Archives: Avoidable Hospitalization

Pilot Prevents Unnecessary Hospitalizations by Optimizing Transfers of Nursing Facility Residents

Designed to prevent unnecessary hospitalizations of nursing facility patients, a new study focuses on how to optimize transfers of these patients between facilities and acute-care institutions by improving care and communication, according to research from Indiana University (IU) and Regenstrief … finish reading Pilot Prevents Unnecessary Hospitalizations by Optimizing Transfers of Nursing Facility Residents

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Enhanced Medical Home for High-Risk Children Dramatically Reduces Hospital Costs, Illnesses

High-risk children suffering from chronic diseases who received comprehensive care at a special clinic at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) experienced dramatic reductions in both serious illnesses and hospital costs, according to a study recently … finish reading Enhanced Medical Home for High-Risk Children Dramatically Reduces Hospital Costs, Illnesses

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ACO Data Tools Help Boost Prevention, Medication Compliance, Performance Results

By using as many data tools as possible, including EPIC® and MyChart®, and having physicians or their medical assistants contact patients directly if they missed medical appointments or shots, John C. Lincoln Network was able to significantly boost medical compliance … finish reading ACO Data Tools Help Boost Prevention, Medication Compliance, Performance Results

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Medicaid Medical Home Cuts 30-Day Readmissions, Healthcare Costs, Increases Follow-Up Visits

Since its implementation in 2012, a medical home for Medicaid patients showed a 130.4 percent increase in timely patient follow-up visits, a 25 percent decrease in 30-day hospital readmissions, and a decrease in the overall cost of care for each … finish reading Medicaid Medical Home Cuts 30-Day Readmissions, Healthcare Costs, Increases Follow-Up Visits

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Over One-Third of Hospitalization Costs in Low-Income Communities Associated with Behavioral Health

Poverty, behavioral health issues, and poor ambulatory care contributed to more than a third of hospitalization costs in 13 low-income N.J. communities, amounting to $880 million in annual inpatient costs, according to a new Rutgers study. Mental health disorders and … finish reading Over One-Third of Hospitalization Costs in Low-Income Communities Associated with Behavioral Health

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Regions Care Plans Help to Script Patient Outcomes, Satisfaction

Like a director coordinating his cast, officials at Regions Hospital, a HealthPartners hospital, have perfected the care plan, a set of directions for the care team. Instead of ordering their actors to exit stage right, or whisper, to assure the … finish reading Regions Care Plans Help to Script Patient Outcomes, Satisfaction

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ER Visits at Record High, 96 Percent Needed Medical Care within 2 Hours: CDC

Emergency room (ER) visits reached a record high of more than 136 million in 2011, compared with just under 130 million in 2010, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While the percentage … finish reading ER Visits at Record High, 96 Percent Needed Medical Care within 2 Hours: CDC

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Embedding a Case Manager? Consider Workflow Changes, Training Needs

Continually monitoring skills and training needs and evaluating the workflow changes — operational, technological and cultural — inherent in an embedded environment are two important, ongoing challenges when working with embedded case managers, says Annette Watson, RN-BC, CCM, MBA, senior … finish reading Embedding a Case Manager? Consider Workflow Changes, Training Needs

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Technology ‘Fun Factor’ Engages Patients in Population Health

Engaging patients in population health management can be as easy as making personalized messaging, dashboards for tracking progress, and mobile phones and tablets available to patients, says Patricia Curran, principal in Buck Consultants’ National Clinical Practice, which also helps to … finish reading Technology ‘Fun Factor’ Engages Patients in Population Health

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Nearly 20 Million Misdirected Physician Referrals Lead to Billions in Wasteful Spending

Nearly 20 million misdirected physician referrals in the United States could be leading to billions of dollars in wasteful spending across the country’s healthcare system, according to a new physician survey from Kyruus, an enterprise healthcare solutions company. Massive inefficiencies … finish reading Nearly 20 Million Misdirected Physician Referrals Lead to Billions in Wasteful Spending

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