Top Health Needs and Locations in Virginia

Every three years, hospitals and public health agencies gather information about community health needs through community health needs assessments (CHNA). They use the information as a basis for allocating resources to address community needs. Traditionally, each CHNA (73) functioned as a stand-alone document. To assist communities to work together to solve common issues, the Virginia...

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Readmission Penalty Relation to Volumes

Five condition-specific maladies are used to calculate the readmission penalty for a hospital during Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2016. They are AMI (heart attack), heart failure, pneumonia, total hip or knee replacement, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Nationally, the estimated impact on inpatient payments is a payment reduction of $ 420 million. For Virginia,...

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Readmission Penalties Specific to Conditions in the Year Ahead

Five. That’s the number of condition-specific occurrences used to calculate hospital readmission penalties for federal fiscal year (FFY) 2016. The conditions are AMI (heart attack), heart failure, pneumonia, total hip or knee replacement, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Nationally, the estimated impact on inpatient payments under this system is a payment reduction of $420...

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Readmission Patterns of Patients Having Hips or Knees Replaced

A consistent finding in the condition-specific (AMI, heart failure, stroke, COPD, and pneumonia) readmission analyses is that most patients return to the hospital quickly. Data show the first 48 hours see the highest number of returning patients. As it turns out, the same pattern is observed among the procedure-specific (hip and knee replacement) patients. Transitioning...

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The Link Between Effective Communication and Pain Management

Good communication between the patient and hospital staff is one of the many factors in patient safety, providing quality care, and increasing overall hospital performace. Caregivers have opportunities to improve on effective communication strategies with patients, physicians, and hospital staff. Figure 1 below shows there is a direct relationship between how patients score their communication...

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Hospitals with Negative Margins Maintain Community Commitments

Hospitals are integral partners in promoting and protecting community health. But like any other enterprise, hospitals have budgetary constraints that can be swayed by external forces. That reality invites questions about how strong hospitals’ community commitment is when money is tight. Does funding for voluntary community benefit events and programs promoting health correspondingly decline? The...

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