Category Archives: Hospital to Home Transition

There’s No Place Like Home Visits to Address Safety, Care Concerns

Three-fourths of healthcare organizations visit some percentage of their patients or health plan members in their homes, according to new market data from the Healthcare Intelligence Network, in order to keep patients safer and healthier and to keep readmissions and … finish reading There’s No Place Like Home Visits to Address Safety, Care Concerns

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Patient Satisfaction Increases When Patients Know Their Doctors

Nearly one-fourth of patients reported increased patient satisfaction when they knew their physician, according to a Vanderbilt study in the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. Realizing that nearly 90 percent of medical patients are unable to correctly name their treating physician … finish reading Patient Satisfaction Increases When Patients Know Their Doctors

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6 Steps Could Cut Heart Failure Readmissions

Researchers have identified six steps hospital staff can do to help heart failure patients avoid readmittance to the hospital within 30 days after they’re discharged, according to research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. While … finish reading 6 Steps Could Cut Heart Failure Readmissions

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New AHRQ Hospital Guide Offers 4 Strategies to Engage Patients, Clinicians

A new guide designed to help hospitals improve their patients’ care by bridging communication gaps among patients, families and healthcare providers is now available from HHS’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The resource, Guide to Patient and Family … finish reading New AHRQ Hospital Guide Offers 4 Strategies to Engage Patients, Clinicians

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Value of Case Management Collaboration with Home Health, SNFs and Long-Term Care

One of the keys to success in following patients within the continuum of care is building a collaboration and relationship with them, and that includes having a case manager available, say Diane Littlewood, director of population management operations with Geisinger … finish reading Value of Case Management Collaboration with Home Health, SNFs and Long-Term Care

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Patient Contact Pre- and Post-Hospitalization Significantly Lowers Hospital Readmission Rates

Personal contact with patients during care transitions — before and after their hospital discharge — significantly reduced readmission rates, according to a study conducted by the Bronx Collaborative, a group of hospitals and health insurers in the Bronx, N.Y. Among … finish reading Patient Contact Pre- and Post-Hospitalization Significantly Lowers Hospital Readmission Rates

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Hospitals Focus on Care Transitions to Curb Excessive Readmissions

As CMS prepares to impose penalties next month for what it deems ‘excessive’ hospital readmission rates, 75 percent of healthcare companies have launched programs to reduce avoidable hospital readmissions. The Healthcare Intelligence Network annual survey on Reducing Readmissions documented the … finish reading Hospitals Focus on Care Transitions to Curb Excessive Readmissions

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5 Key Practices of Successful Hospital-to-Home Transitions

Hospital-to-home transitions can be improved by encouraging coordination among providers and health plans, and directly engaging with patients early in the transition process, says a new report from Avalere Health for the Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP). Researchers examined … finish reading 5 Key Practices of Successful Hospital-to-Home Transitions

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Geisinger Remote Monitoring Program Reduces 30-Day Readmissions

A new remote monitoring tool from AMC Health has enabled Geisinger Health Plan (GHP) to reduce 30-day readmissions by 44 percent, and increase case manager efficiency in monitoring patients transitioning from hospital to home. The Geisinger Monitoring Program (GMP) interactive … finish reading Geisinger Remote Monitoring Program Reduces 30-Day Readmissions

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The Clinical Pharmacist’s Role in Safe Transitions

One of the ways clinical pharmacists can be a key toward ensuring patients’ safe transitions from the hospital or SNF to home is by reconciling discharge medications with them and their providers within 24 to 48 hours of discharge, explains … finish reading The Clinical Pharmacist’s Role in Safe Transitions

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