Patient Care & Outcomes

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ERs could shed light on police shootings

Hospital emergency departments have great potential as a potential source to shed light on police shootings, according to National Public Radio.

Doc groups support cost-saving telehealth proposal

Three Medicaid reimbursement policy changes for telehealth and remote patient monitoring would save the federal government $1.8 billion over the next 10 years, according to a new report by consultancy Avalere Health. 

3 ways to tackle a high no-show rate

With billions of dollars in revenue on the line nationwide, one physician shares his strategies to cut down on no-show patients at his practice.

Surgical safety checklists: Save lives and cut length of stay

Surgical safety checklists can save lives and reduce lengths of stay but only if they are properly implemented in the operating room, according to a new study.

Federal appeals court removes barrier for dual hospital classification

It may now be easier for hospitals to improve outcomes at lower costs by claiming both "urban" and "rural" status, thanks to a ruling by the 2 nd  U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York.

Report: VA computer glitch canceled patient orders

A computer glitch that arose when the Department of Veterans Affairs switched to ICD-10 last October canceled a large number of patient consults and procedure orders, reports

Words can hurt: Doctors must change the language of addiction

If the stigma surrounding addiction is one of the biggest obstacles to addressing it, the medical lexicon surrounding substance use disorders must also shift away from terminology that connotes blame and shame, according to an article from  The Boston Globe.

High-deductible health plans reduce care, but at a cost

As high-deductible health plans become a more common fixture in the healthcare industry, the debate continues as to whether such benefit designs reduce care costs and usage--and how that influences consumers' health, according to a new issue brief from  Health Affairs.  

Assistance programs for chronically-ill patients can cut costs

The use of care coordinators to assist insured individuals with chronic conditions can dramatically lower the cost of care, according to a blog post at  Health Affairs. The chronically ill employee population can account for as much as 40 percent of an organization's entire healthcare costs.

Central Ohio nonprofit hospitals provide less charity care but tax breaks remain

Central Ohio's nonprofit hospitals provide increasingly less uncompensated care, calling into question the rationale for the hundreds of millions they receive each year in tax breaks, according to The Columbus Dispatch.