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New guidelines boost diabetes screening for overweight adults

December 14th, 2015 | Posted in Clinical Trends, Consumer Focus, Patient Tools, Quality Care

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News More people who are overweight or obese may get screened for diabetes under new guidelines released this week by a panel of prevention experts. Those whose blood sugar is higher than normal now can be referred to nutrition and exercise counseling without paying anything out of pocket for it. “ObesityRead More

Caregivers, advocates play an important role in avoiding patient restraint and seclusion

December 14th, 2015 | Posted in Advocacy 101, Consumer Focus, Quality Care

Facilities across the health care industry have seen a rash of patient injuries related to restraint and seclusion over the past year, with some cases so severe as to endanger not only the patient’s life, but the Medicare funding for the hospital involved. Reducing the use of restraints and seclusion in health care facilities requiresRead More

In caring for sickest infants, doctors tap parents for tough calls

November 17th, 2015 | Posted in Advocacy Stories, Clinical Trends, Consumer Focus, Long-Term Care, Quality Care

By Jenny Gold / Kaiser Health News PALO ALTO, Calif. — Dr. William Benitz walked past the rows of clear plastic isolettes in the neonatal intensive care unit at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. There’s little room to navigate — the space is jam-packed with the beeping machines, ventilators and nurses, who can care forRead More

Proposed revisions to discharge planning requirements would mandate patient and caregiver involvement

November 17th, 2015 | Posted in Consumer Focus, Quality Care, Recent Posts | Tagged

  You have a chance to comment on CMS’ latest attempt to improve discharge planning at hospitals and help patients avoid unnecessary and costly readmissions. In what acting CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt promises is a “simple but key change,” CMS is proposing to modify discharge planning Conditions of Participation for hospitals and home health agencies,Read More

Keep the restraints to a minimum to keep your patient safe

August 18th, 2015 | Posted in Quality Care

Though restraint and seclusion may be required from a safety perspective, many in the health care industry believe the practice to be harmful to a patient’s well-being. Hospitals should instead focus on managing patients in such a way that restraints and seclusion rarely — if ever — need to be used, remarks Kevin Huckshorn, Ph.D,Read More

New guide encourages hospitals to partner with patient and family advisers

April 21st, 2015 | Posted in Quality Care

The American Hospital Association (AHA) is encouraging hospitals to partner with patient and family advisers to improve not only patient engagement, but also quality and safety in health care. Health care organizations can leverage the “insights and expertise” of patients to collaborate on improvement projects and work to “achieve the Triple Aim — better care,Read More

Telemedicine investment can be low risk and offer high reward for patients and hospitals

November 20th, 2014 | Posted in Quality Care

The booming telemedicine and telehealth markets can not only make it easier for patients to connect with health care professionals and specialists, but telemedicine can also help increase hospital revenues and cut costs by reducing readmissions, increasing referrals and minimizing transfers, among other benefits. In general, telemedicine is defined as remote technology — such asRead More

Patient-Centered Spotlight: Creating a Tailored Chronic Conditions Plan

September 16th, 2014 | Posted in Quality Care

African Americans and Hispanic populations are at higher risk for developing chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity, than others. However, as the University of Illinois-Chicago School of Public Health points out, few health care management or education programs are specifically tailored to these minority populations. Knowing that targeted education programs can be especially effectiveRead More

For Hospitals, Embracing Change Is a Tough Pill to Swallow

April 16th, 2014 | Posted in Quality Care

Change for the healthcare industry is something most providers desire, but working toward that change is the real challenge. However, this change must happen, says Kate Goodrich, acting director of the quality measurement and health assessment group in the center for clinical standards and quality (CCSQ) with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).Read More