Weekly News Roundup: May 24, 2019

 

Quality Improvement in Healthcare

Health Systems Are Working to Live Up to Their Name

U.S. hospital chains call themselves “health systems.” But how many really are? Hospitals have been rapidly consolidating across the country into large not-for-profit and for-profit companies containing dozens of hospitals and hundreds of clinics and other care sites in multiple states. But that doesn’t necessarily make them what experts consider an organized system of care. Read More

The Top Six Examples of Quality Improvement in Healthcare

Hospital systems across the country face a number of pressing problems: clinical variation, preventable medical errors, hospital-acquired infections, delays in patient discharge, and dwindling cash flow. While health systems need to consistently innovate in order to tackle these problems, many quality improvement projects fail to deliver on ROI. Read More

How to Battle Prolonged Lengths of Stay with Data

As the healthcare industry transitions to value-based care over volume, length of stay has become a focus for healthcare organizations. Hospitals need to effectively manage LOS to remain financially viable and not sacrifice thousands of dollars per day in lost reimbursements from payers. Length of stay, specifically a prolonged one, continues to confound the healthcare industry. Read More

Using Technology to Close Care Gaps, Improve Care, Quality, and Cost

Research has shown that care gaps can be both harmful and costly when not properly managed. For example, not managing certain chronic diseases (e.g., diabetes) can lead to serious complications and escalating treatment costs. Resolving gaps in care is important to payers, providers, and the patients they serve. Read More

Health Plans Need to Streamline Data Efforts to Reap Benefits

Health plans now gather and report data for quality reporting, claims reporting, and to conduct risk adjustment analysis. Typically, these various data collections occur separately, are sometimes duplicative, and are uncoordinated. But that will soon all change. Read More