Archive for the ‘Hospital Infections’ Category

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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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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Infographic: Job Satisfaction for Nurses Helps Enhance Patient Outcomes

November 20th, 2013 by Jackie Lyons

When nurses enjoy their jobs and intend to stay in their positions long-term, patient outcomes improve, according to the American Nurses Association (ANA).

As a result, infection rate decreased by 87 percent in two years, according to a new infographic from ANA. The infographic shows additional ways patients benefit from having satisfied nurses, as well as other trends in the nursing profession.

Job Satisfaction for Nurses Helps Enhance Patient Outcomes

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Healthcare Business Week in Review: Hospital Surgery Ratings, Long-Term Care Costs, Medicare Drug Plans

August 9th, 2013 by Cheryl Miller


Location, location, location.

While it definitely impacts the price of real estate, it doesn’t necessarily influence a hospital’s surgery rating, according to Consumer Reports’ first ratings survey on how patients fare during and after surgery.

In fact, some hospitals do a much better job than others, despite their location. The report reflects wide variation, sometimes between hospitals only a few miles apart. For example, the Greater Baltimore Medical Center earned high marks on the overall surgery rating, as well as for several individual procedures, but the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, also in Baltimore, got a low overall surgery rating.

The report, detailed inside, includes overall surgery ratings, which combines results for 27 categories of scheduled surgeries, as well as individual ratings for five specific procedure types: back surgery, hip replacement, knee replacement, angioplasty and carotid artery surgery. They are important because up to 30 percent of hospital patients suffer infections, heart attacks, strokes, or other complications after surgery, but these records are largely hidden from consumers, Consumer Reports says.

Another area of concern that has largely been hidden from consumers is the high cost of medical errors, according to the Leapfrog Group.

A new tool is available to counter this costly trend — the Hidden Surcharge Calculator tool — which allows purchasers to calculate how much they spend annually on unnecessary costs due to hospital errors that occur within general acute care hospitals.

Reports estimate that purchasers can pay nearly $8,000 per patient in hidden surcharges due to medical errors; for employers with 1,000 hospital admissions per year that cost can near a whopping $8 million in avoidable fees, not to mention harm to patients. Every year, more than 180,000 Medicare beneficiaries die from hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), errors, accidents and injuries.

Purchasers can use the calculator to enter their own claims data and local hospital safety ratings from Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Score Web site to learn the estimated hidden surcharge they pay annually for hospital errors.

More news on not-so hidden costs of long-term care: they continued to increase across all provider options, according to a study from the John Hancock Life Insurance Company (John Hancock).

Already high, within the last five years, costs for senior living facilities rose anywhere from 2 percent for an assisted living facility ($41,124 annually) to nearly 4 percent for a private nursing home room ($94,170.) Considered to be one of the most significant uninsured financial risks an individual can face, according to John Hancock officials, the company updated its interactive cost of care map and calculator to reflect the latest findings, and make long-term care costs planning easier.

And lastly, some good financial news: Medicare drug premiums remained stable for four straight years in a row, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The average premium for a basic prescription drug plan in 2014 was expected to remain stable at an estimated $31 per month. More than 6.6 million people with Medicare have saved over $7 billion on prescription drugs since the ACA was implemented, an average of $1,061 per beneficiary, the HHS said.

Infographic: Communication Breakdown — Are U.S. Hospitals Stuck in a Rut?

July 10th, 2013 by Jackie Lyons

Loss of patient life, in addition to a significant loss of revenue, can be attributed to communication breakdown at hospitals.

Fifty-three percent of each nurse’s shift is spent on tasks other than patient care, including charting, communicating or waiting for information, according to a new infographic by Voalte (www.voalte.com). In addition to patient care, this infographic also looks at the impact of communication inefficiencies on yearly productivity and patient safety.

Communication Breakdown --- Are U.S. Hospitals Stuck in a Rut?

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