Search Tag: hospital readmissions

Executive Health Management

Cutting hospital readmissions with lay health workers

2018 27 Feb

Lay health workers (LHWs) are those who have some training to promote health or to perform some healthcare services. Although they are non-healthcare professionals, LHWs can act as a link between formal health services and patients. For example, LHWs can serve as a resource for patients attempting to obtain health education or navigate the healthcare system.... Read more

ICU Management

1 in 7 Sepsis Patients Readmitted within 30 Days

2017 22 Jan

Readmissions due to sepsis are higher and costlier than for the four conditions already reported in the U.S. to measure quality of care and guide pay for performance, according to researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. Their research is published in JAMA to coincide with the presentation... Read more

Executive Health Management

What’s in a Star Rating?

2016 11 Apr

In a bid to assist patients in their choice of hospital based on quality rating, the Centres for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have just introduced a five-star hospital rating system. The rating focuses on patient experience within the framework of the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems. Presently, measures of quality... Read more

Executive Health Management

Community Paramedic Offers Solution to ER Overcrowding

2015 06 Dec

Hospitals & Health Networks reports that paramedics will be expanding their roles in some communities. Instead of responding to medical emergencies, paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) will also fill in community care gaps by treating patients on the scene when they are not sick enough to warrant an emergency department visit. The... Read more

Executive Health Management

Hospital Readmission Rates

2015 20 Sep

According to results of a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, social and clinical characteristics of a hospital's patient population may have an impact on a hospital's readmission rates.  Medicare penalises hospitals that have higher than expected rates of readmissions within 30 days of discharge. The penalties are imposed to ensure hospitals... Read more

Executive Health Management

Students Help Cut Hospital Readmissions

2015 15 Sep

Wooster Community Hospital in Ohio has recently started to enrol liberal arts college students as community health workers. In the first year, the programme had a 26 percent reduction of emergency department use and 51 percent reduction in hospital readmissions.  The Community Care Network programme trains and uses college students as community health... Read more

Executive Health Management

Pilots Reduce Readmissions and Overcrowding

2015 05 Sep

The UCLA Center for Prehospital Care and collaborators from the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) agency and the Glendale and Santa Monica fire departments have launched two pilot programmes that are designed to reduce hospital readmissions and address overcrowding in emergency rooms.  The Community Paramedic Pilot Programs will expand... Read more