Hospitals are working with physicians to improve patient satisfaction scores while maintaining high clinical outcomes. It's a delicate balance that can translate to a bonanza of federal dollars under the value-based purchasing program. >>>
While Stony Brook University Medical Center in NY has won awards for clinical work, it is among many high-achieving clinical facilities trying to improve patient satisfaction and raise its HCAHPS scores. >>>
The consumer publication measured and ranked how well each of 552 doctors' practices in Minnesota manage their patients with diabetes and heart disease. The data evaluated is required to be reported by physicians under state law. >>>
Medical conditions most commonly missed by critical care teams include aspergillosis, pulmonary embolism, heart attack, and pneumonia, say researchers at Johns Hopkins University who examined studies of autopsy reports. >>>
It may be too early to tell whether a federal investigation into allegedly unnecessary cardiac procedures will prompt cardiology practitioners and hospitals around the country to change their management approaches. >>>
Free clinics and programs staffed largely by nurses play a simple, but powerful role in reducing hospitalizations and readmissions, saving money, and keeping patients healthy. The benefit isn't only for patients. >>>
The rise of the high-deductible health insurance plan and other economic forces are increasingly turning patients into healthcare consumers. Common sense says this move will reduce utilization as healthcare consumers rethink elective care or shop around for the best deal. >>>
Authors: Michael F. Boyle, MD, FACEP and Daniel G. Kirkpatrick, MHA, FACHE
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