Search Tag: Costs

ICU Management

Procalcitonin Testing Associated with Lower Costs, Length of Stay

2016 05 Sep

Procalcitonin (PCT) is increasingly used in health services to diagnose and manage sepsis, and is authorised for use for this purpose in the United States. A recently published study found that patients who had 1-2 PCT evaluations on their first day of admission to the intensive care unit (ICU) had a significantly lower hospital and ICU length of stay,... Read more

ICU Management

Study: ARDS Costs, Survival, QOL over One Year

2016 24 Aug

Patients who survive acute respiratory distress syndrome experience low quality of life at one year after intensive care unit (ICU) admission, and experience high associated post-hospital healthcare costs, out of pocket expenses and lost earnings.Joachim Marti, Centre for Health Policy, Imperial College London, UK, and colleagues from the UK and Canada... Read more

ICU Management

Costing ICU Care: a Bottom-up Approach

2016 28 Apr

A study from Greece that analysed variable ICU costs found that medicines, and antibiotics in particular, accounted for more than half of the cost of the patient’s stay. Other significant costs were blood products, cardiovascular drugs, biochemistry and arterial blood gases. The variable cost per ICU day was €573.18 (median 422.40), lower than observed... Read more

IT Management

Population Health Lagging: Confused Implementation Strategy

2016 09 Feb

In the U.S., a national study has found slow progress in implementing population health management even though healthcare providers believe it will be important for future market success. The study synthesises survey responses from more than 300 executives and in-depth interviews with more than 100 key decision makers across U.S. healthcare delivery... Read more

Health Management

Health and Wellbeing of the Workforce

2016 05 Jan

Workforce Health Must Be a PriorityThe National Health Service (NHS) must work hard to protect the health and well being of its workforce. Failure to do so costs organisations across the system dearly but, more importantly, patient care may suffer. What does it feel like to be unable to do your job properly through lack of time, staff shortages or financial... Read more

IT Management

Health IT issues for 2016

2015 28 Dec

In his article appearing in MedCity News, Dr. John D. Halamka, chief information officer and dean for technology at Harvard Medical School, discusses key issues in health IT that will shape strategic planning for FY16. Documentation requirements. Current demands of Meaningful Use, hundreds of quality measures, population health, care management, and... Read more

Executive Health Management

Supply Chain Costs Leading Worry for Execs

2015 27 Dec

Amidst rising cost of supplies, healthcare organisations have turned their focus on improving supply chain management to help reduce overall costs, according to a new national survey commissioned by Cardinal Health. Reducing costs is an urgent goal as hospitals shift to value-based healthcare. The supply chain is the second largest expense for healthcare... Read more

IT Management

Focus on Health IT Outsourcing to Cut Costs

2015 28 Nov

The growing need for more sophisticated electronic health records, analytics and population health management is leading health organisations to shift their focus to IT outsourcing to reduce costs. Nearly 73 percent of health systems with more than 300 beds are using outsourced IT solutions, according to a new report from Black Book Market Research.After... Read more

Executive Health Management

Higher Prices Follow Physician-Hospital Integration

2015 23 Oct

According to an article published in JAMA Internal Medicine, physician-hospital integration is associated with increased spending and prices for outpatient care but without any accompanying changes in utilisation suggesting more efficient care from better coordination and economies of scale. While it is understood that financial integration with physicians... Read more

ICU Management

Study: Admitting Borderline Pneumonia Patients is Beneficial

2015 22 Sep

Intensive care unit (ICU) admission for older, low-risk patients with pneumonia was linked with improved survival and no significant differences in hospital costs, according to a study published in the latest issue of JAMA. The findings "suggest that ICU admission for borderline patients (those for whom ICU admission depends on the hospital to which... Read more

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