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Elderly patients in the hospital need to keep moving

August 16th, 2016 | Posted in Clinical Trends, Consumer Focus, Long-Term Care, Quality Care

By Anna Gorman / Kaiser Health News BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Thelma Atkins ended up in the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Hospital-Highlands after a neighbor in her senior living center ran over her feet with a motorized scooter. Terri Middlebrooks, a nurse at the hospital, tried to figure out how active the 92-year-old Atkins was before theRead More

CMS seeks to improve patients’ rights in proposed rule to change hospital requirements

June 14th, 2016 | Posted in Consumer Focus, Quality Care

Patients’ rights get a boost of support from CMS in a proposed rule that would change Medicare Conditions of Participation (CoPs) to explicitly prohibit discrimination against patients, especially on the basis of religion or sexual orientation, and ensure access to information in electronic medical record. While a variety of rules and regulations address discrimination, theRead More

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