Archive for the ‘Hospital Infections’ Category

Infographic: Infections with the Highest Impact on Medicare HAC Penalties

August 24th, 2018 by Melanie Matthews

Attention to high-impact healthcare associated infections can help you get out of the bottom quartile penalty box, according to a new infographic by 3M.

The infographic examines the relative rate of impact on the 2018 penalties for six healthcare associated infections.

A Collaborative Blueprint for Reducing SNF Readmissions: Driving Results with Quality Reporting and Performance Metrics
Concerned about escalating hospital readmissions from skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and the accompanying pinch of Medicare readmissions penalties, three Michigan healthcare organizations set competition aside to collaborate and reduce rehospitalizations from SNFs.

To solidify their coordinated approach, Henry Ford Health System (HFHS), the Detroit Medical Center and St. John’s Providence Health System formed the Tri-County SNF Collaborative with support from the Michigan Quality Improvement Organization (MPRO).

A Collaborative Blueprint for Reducing SNF Readmissions: Driving Results with Quality Reporting and Performance Metrics examines the evolution of the Tri-County SNF Collaborative, as well as the set of clinical and quality targets and metrics with which it operates.

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Infographic: Sepsis Alert

July 4th, 2018 by Melanie Matthews

Sepsis is the leading cause of death in United States’ hospitals today. Moreover, 62 percent of patients hospitalized with sepsis are re-hospitalized within 30 days, according to a new infographic by TigerConnect, Inc.

The infographic examines how a secure communication solution can speed sepsis response times for better patient outcomes.

2018 Healthcare Benchmarks: Telehealth & Remote Patient MonitoringArtificial intelligence. Automation. Blockchain. Robotics. Once the domain of science fiction, these telehealth technologies have begun to transform the fabric of healthcare delivery systems. As further proof of telehealth’s explosive growth, the use of wearable health-tracking devices and remote patient monitoring has proliferated, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has added several new provider telehealth billing codes for calendar year 2018.

2018 Healthcare Benchmarks: Telehealth & Remote Patient Monitoring delivers the latest actionable telehealth and remote patient monitoring metrics on tools, applications, challenges, successes and ROI from healthcare organizations across the care spectrum. This 60-page report, now in its fifth edition, documents benchmarks on current and planned telehealth and remote patient monitoring initiatives as well as the use of emerging technologies in the healthcare space.

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Infographic: How Hospital Acquired Conditions Can Impact a Hospital’s Bottom Line

June 1st, 2018 by Melanie Matthews

In 2018, an estimated 32 percent of large U.S. hospitals will occupy the lowest performing quartile for hospital acquired conditions (HACs), according to a new infographic by 3M.

The infographic examines how HACs impact a hospital’s bottom line and how to stay out of the bottom quartile.

Predictive Healthcare Analytics: Four Pillars for SuccessWith an increasing percentage of at-risk healthcare payments, the Allina Health System’s Minneapolis Heart Institute began to drill down on the reasons for clinical variations among its cardiovascular patients. The Heart Institute’s Center for Healthcare Delivery Innovation, charged with analyzing and reducing unnecessary clinical variation, has saved over $155 million by reducing this unnecessary clinical variation through its predictive analytics programs.

During Predictive Healthcare Analytics: Four Pillars for Success, a 45-minute webinar, available on-demand, Pam Rush, cardiovascular clinical service line program director at Allina Health, and Dr. Steven Bradley, cardiologist, Minneapolis Heart Institute (MHI) and associate director, MHI Healthcare Delivery Innovation Center, shared their organization’s four pillars of predictive analytics success…addressing population health issues, reducing clinical variation, testing new processes and leveraging an enterprise data warehouse. Click here for more information.

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Infographic: Quality Improvement Results from Colorado Hospitals

February 23rd, 2015 by Melanie Matthews

Colorado hospitals and health systems, participating in a three-year quality improvement project led by the Colorado Hospital Association (CHA), prevented 2,800 patient harms for an estimated cost savings of $14.8 million. The results are based on data collected from 32 acute care hospitals from January 2012 through June 2014.

A new infographic by CHA breaks down each of the 11 areas targeted for improvement and the impact these improvements had on healthcare utilization and costs.

Value-Based Reimbursement Answer Book: 97 FAQs on Healthcare Models, Measures and MethodologyIf one trend has transformed the healthcare industry post-ACA more than any other, it is the market’s new business model rewarding value over volume.

Value-Based Reimbursement Answer Book: 97 FAQs on Healthcare Models, Measures and Methodology provides a framework for healthcare’s new value proposition, with advice from thought leaders steeped in the delivery and reimbursement of value-based care.

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Infographic: HAIs Cost the Healthcare Industry Billions

March 31st, 2014 by Jackie Lyons

Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) not only cost the healthcare industry billions of dollars, but also lead to thousands of deaths each year. Additionally, Medicare stopped reimbursing hospitals to treat various infections in October of 2008, according to a new infographic from Curos.

This infographic illustrates the healthcare costs associated with infections, as well as infection prevalence, fatality, prevention, causes and more.

The author of this step-by-step guide, Leading a Hospital Turnaround: A Practical Guide shares what he learned while leading several successful financial turnarounds. Along with concrete tools and action plans, he provides candid advice about minimizing the fears of employees, physicians, and board members. In this book, you will learn how to preserve crucial relationships while directly addressing difficult questions.

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Infographic: Are We Prepared for Modern Health Threats?

January 16th, 2014 by Jackie Lyons

Vaccinations against preventable diseases can save $9.9 billion in direct healthcare costs, according to a new infographic from NewPublicHealth and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

This infographic also provides data about healthcare-associated infections (HAI), diseases, re-emerging threats and serious health issues that cost individuals and the healthcare industry billions.

Are We Prepared for Modern Health Threats?

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You may also be interested in this related resource: Infection Control Manual for Home Care/Hospice.

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Infographic: Lethal Bacteria and Healthcare

January 1st, 2014 by Jackie Lyons

The percentage of U.S. patients who had infections in the healthcare setting has grown from 22 percent in 1995 to 63 percent in 2004.

Of all invasive bacterial infections, 85 percent had recent contact in a healthcare setting, according to a new infographic from the Sun Sentinel. This infographic illustrates the effects of MRSA, including modes of transmission and infection, as well as the connection to healthcare and high-risk populations.

Lethal Bacteria and Healthcare

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Healthcare Business Week in Review: Infectious Disease Threats, Health Insurance, Bundled Payments

December 23rd, 2013 by Cheryl Miller

From antibiotic-resistant superbugs to salmonella to the seasonal flu, infectious diseases are disrupting lives throughout the country at an alarming rate, and driving up medical costs, and most states are unable to counter them, according to a report by Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).

The problem? Outdated systems and limited resources. In fact, 34 states scored five or lower out of 10 key indicators of policies and capabilities to protect against infectious disease threats.

One solution offered in this comprehensive analysis is to be more vigilant with vaccinations; only one-quarter of states vaccinated at least half of their population against the seasonal flu, which affects 20 percent of Americans each year. Details inside.

Rising medical costs were the primary driver of recent rate increases by health insurers, accounting for three-quarters or more of the larger premium hikes requested between July 2012 and June 2013, a new Commonwealth Fund study finds.

The analysis is the first such report to take a national look at the explanations insurers file with federal and state authorities to justify rate increases of 10 percent or more, as required by the ACA. Currently, insurers are only required to submit rate increase explanations for non-grandfathered plans, or those plans that became available after the enactment of the health reform law.

People whose existing healthcare insurance has been canceled because of the ACA will not be hit with tax penalties for failing to line up new coverage as required under the law, according to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Under a “temporary hardship exemption,” they will be able to buy a bare-bones catastrophic plan regardless of their age.

Reducing health insurance premiums is one strategy employers are using to incent their employees to self-manage their health. Healthcare companies have grown increasingly creative in their use of economic and benefit-based incentives to drive engagement and participation in health and wellness programs, according to Healthcare Intelligence Network research.

Reducing joint replacement payments – specifically knees, which, at 600,000 annually, are the most commonly performed knee replacement procedure in the United States – is the aim of Florida Blue and Mayo Clinic’s knee replacement bundled payment agreement, first introduced in 2012. They have announced they are extending it, and their overall network agreement to include thousands of Florida Blue’s commercially insured members throughout the state who are now able to access Mayo Clinic as an in-network provider.

And lastly, there is no replacement for a little TLC, in the form of paraprofessionals or nurses visiting the homes of low income pregnant women and their children. Researchers from the University of Colorado School of Medicine found that these helpers, part of the Nurse-Family Partnership, helped improve the health and development outcomes for the children ages six through nine.

Infographic: Top Public Health Risks

December 11th, 2013 by Jackie Lyons

Obesity and smoking are among the top public health risks, according to an infographic from MPHOnline.org. In fact, the infographic shows that obese adults cost $1,429 more per year in medical costs than healthy weight adults. In addition, smoking causes serious illness in approximately 8.6 million people.

This infographic also identifies other public health risks, accompanied by statistics and information regarding causes and at-risk populations.

Top Public Health Risks

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Infographic: Pick Your Provider Before You Pick Your Plan

November 21st, 2013 by Jackie Lyons

As millions of Americans begin choosing a health plan under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it is important to know how a patient’s health can be impacted by hospital selection.

If all hospitals performed similarly to the quality of 5-star hospitals from 2010 to 2012, 234,252 lives could potentially be saved, according to a new infographic from Healthgrades. The infographic shows the American attitude toward healthcare, percentage of Americans who gather information before making a care decision, examples from the 2014 Healthgrades American Hospital Quality Report, and the extent of healthcare spending.

Pick Your Provider Before You Pick Your Plan

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