Patient Care & Outcomes

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HHS: Medicaid expansion cut uncompensated care by $7.4B

The expansion of Medicaid program eligibility under the Affordable Care Act reduced the cost of caring for the uninsured by $7.4 billion last year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced.

Compassionate healthcare can boost bottom line

Compassionate healthcare delivery might not only be morally correct, it could also help hospitals and health systems' bottom lines.

Is Medicaid expansion truly destroying America?

The Heritage Foundation--the conservative think tank that unwittingly brought us the Affordable Care Act--wants to let you know that Medicaid expansion under the healthcare reform law is destroying America.

Medicaid expansion leads to more diabetes diagnoses

The 26 states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act have an increased number of newly diagnoses diabetes patients, according a new study in the journal  Diabetes Care, which likely means that providers in the Medicaid expansion states are able to diagnose and treat these patients earlier.

The link between compassionate care and patient satisfaction

Healthcare organizations that show a commitment to compassion enjoy a better bottom line as well as increased patient and caregiver satisfaction, according to a whitepaper from the Swartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare.

4 ways providers can avoid EHR copy-and-paste errors

Providers must take steps to prevent adverse patient safety events caused by use of an electronic health record's copy-and-paste function, according to an alert from The Joint Commission.

Patient-centered medical homes need better IT tools

To serve patient-centered medical homes, health IT needs to evolve from digitized patient record repositories into interoperable electronic collaboration platforms to further care coordination, according to research published in the  Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Researchers found that individuals developed workarounds to make up for the functionality that their IT systems lack.

The readmissions-superuser fix: Help patients before they become sick

To prevent readmissions among so-called hospital super-users or frequent fliers, some healthcare providers take on initiatives that address the complex social factors that cause patients to seek care in hospitals, according to the  New York Times.

Healthcare must embrace advance care planning

Now that it's clear that end-of-life care in the United States frequently fails patients, there are several indications that the healthcare industry and policymakers have finally started to take steps in a new direction, Thomas Harter, M.D., writes in a recent  Health Affairs  blog post.  

Why healthcare quality measures don't go deep enough

As the healthcare industry debates which quality measures are the most meaningful, one expert told the Wall Street Journal that the problem with current benchmarks is that they focus on what is easy to assess rather than what matters most to patients.