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Decentralized nurses stations could improve patient satisfaction

Hospitals seeking to improve patient satisfaction scores must depart from the straight and narrow--as in long hallways fanning out from central nurses stations--and rethink the way they lay out patient floors, according to an article in  Healthcare Design Magazine.

MedPAC proposes DRGs for short-stay hospital admissions

Admitting that payment policies regarding short-term hospital stays are "ambiguous and open to interpretation" and could be placing a large financial burden on patients, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has suggested creating specific diagnosis related groups (DRGs) that would focus on one-day admissions to inpatient care facilities.

Could longer hospital stays mean lower costs?

For decades, hospitals have tried to reduce the average length of patient stay, concluding the longer a patient occupied one of their beds, the higher costs for treating them rose. However, a new study by Columbia University's business school has found that patients who stay in the hospital longer--by one day--have lower costs and better outcomes.

Patient experience: Personal philosophy, leadership drive improvement

Improving the patient experience is more than a business mission for Michael Macht-Greenberg, Ph.D. It's personal. As a trained psychologist, the vice president of patient access services...

Case study: Intermountain Healthcare shares lessons in achieving Triple Aim

For today's primary care practices, the holy grail of delivering personalized, patient-centered care is actually three-fold. And while learning several lessons along the way, Intermountain Healthcare has achieved these goals, according to an article from H&HN.

VA scandal update: Wait times down 18 percent

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald says wait times at VA facilities are down 18 percent since May, when allegations of secret wait lists to cover up delays in scheduling appointments caused a nationwide scandal, according to the Associated Press.

5 important end-of-life topics to discuss with seriously ill patients

There are five important factors hospitals and families must address when it comes to patients' end-of-life discussions, according to a study published in the  Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Cerner, Livongo partner on diabetes management tech

Cerner is expanding its healthcare strategy through a partnership with Livongo Health aimed at making diabetes screening and patient self-management more effective and proactive.

Much like airlines, hospitals nickle and dime patients

While the healthcare industry talks about cost cutting and the need for it, hospitals--much like the airline industry--not so subtly try to make up reimbursement cuts by creatively finding ways to...

Making the case for personal health data sharing

Despite the security risks, we all have a responsibility to help advance medicine by sharing our health data, according to attorney Beth Seidenberg, M.D.