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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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5 Steps to Crafting a Care Coordination Network

Unexplained transfers between the skilled nursing facility (SNF) and emergency room, and between diagnostic areas and nursing facilities, prompted Summa Health System to reevalute its transitional care services and develop a more finely tuned care coordination network, explains Carolyn Holder, … finish reading 5 Steps to Crafting a Care Coordination Network

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U.S. Hospitals Sharing Data, Expertise Reduce Mortality, Costs

A collaborative of 333 hospitals intent on improving costs and care have saved $9.1 billion and 92,000 deaths since 2008 by replicating the performances of top performing hospitals, according to Premier Healthcare Alliance’s QUEST™ collaborative. If hospitals nationwide followed Quest’s … finish reading U.S. Hospitals Sharing Data, Expertise Reduce Mortality, Costs

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New NCQA Measure Helps Health Plans Reduce Preventable Hospital Readmissions

A new report from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) provides a detailed look at a new measure designed to help purchasers and health plans reduce hospital readmissions, improve care and reduce costs. Reducing Readmissions: Measuring Health Plan Performance, … finish reading New NCQA Measure Helps Health Plans Reduce Preventable Hospital Readmissions

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Cigna’s Growing ACO Program Improves Health Outcomes, Lower Costs

Cigna is on track to reach its goal of 100 initiatives for 1 million customers by the end of 2014, Cigna officials report. With the expansion of its collaborative ACO program through nine new initiatives with physician groups in seven … finish reading Cigna’s Growing ACO Program Improves Health Outcomes, Lower Costs

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Walgreens Pharmacist-Based Discharge Services Help to Reduce Readmissions

A new pharmacist-based transition of care program brings hospitals and health systems together with Walgreens in a coordinated care model designed to reduce readmission rates and overall healthcare costs, while improving patient health outcomes and medication adherence, according to Walgreens. … finish reading Walgreens Pharmacist-Based Discharge Services Help to Reduce Readmissions

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Nurse-Pharmacist Collaboration Could Prevent Medication Errors and Reduce Readmissions

Specially created nurse-pharmacist teams could help to prevent medication errors among those patients admitted to or recently discharged from the hospital, according to a new pilot study from Johns Hopkins. The study of more than 500 patients admitted to or … finish reading Nurse-Pharmacist Collaboration Could Prevent Medication Errors and Reduce Readmissions

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3 Key Questions to Ask Pre-ER Intervention

Looking to develop an intervention to reduce avoidable ER use? Establishing a timetable by asking three key questions, including when patients realized they needed to go the ED, is particularly crucial for the Medicaid population, which often has specific social … finish reading 3 Key Questions to Ask Pre-ER Intervention

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Patient Hand-off Tool Effective in Reducing Readmissions, Hospital Stay

A new tool to improve patient hand-offs has reduced readmissions by 50 percent and the time it takes to move a patient from the emergency department to an inpatient unit by 33 percent. Designed to combat data that shows an … finish reading Patient Hand-off Tool Effective in Reducing Readmissions, Hospital Stay

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Death Rate Measure Used to Judge Hospital Quality May be Misleading

Hospitals, health insurers and patients may have to reconsider previously established approaches to asessing hospital quality. A new study from the Yale School of Medicine supports measuring patient deaths over a period of 30 days from admission even after they … finish reading Death Rate Measure Used to Judge Hospital Quality May be Misleading

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