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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Total Hip and Total Knee Arthroplasty and Readmissions

Total hip arthroplasty (THA) and total knee arthroplasty (TKA) are the first procedure-specific readmission measures to be added to Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP). These procedures are under the microscope for several reasons. First, their prevalence is on the rise as more patients undergo those surgeries. Individual Medicare beneficiaries generally have two hips and two...

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Evaluating Certificate of Public Need Effects on Health Care Spending

Virginia’s Certificate of Public Need (COPN) program requires owners and sponsors of proposed health care facility projects to secure permission from the state health commissioner. The COPN program covers higher cost services including general acute care, perinatal, diagnostic imaging, cardiac, general surgical, organ transplantation, medical rehabilitation, lithotripsy, psychiatric/substance abuse, mental retardation, miscellaneous capital expenditures (hospital...

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Similarities of Pneumonia Readmissions and COPD Readmissions

Adding COPD to the conditions being tracked for excess readmissions for fiscal year 2015 increased Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) penalties for many of Virginia’s hospitals. Looking back over the past two years, reducing readmissions from pneumonia, another lung disease, have been more difficult to manage than reducing readmission for heart failure and...

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