Medicare patients who are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of being treated for heart failure, pneumonia, or heart attack are usually readmitted for a different reason than they were treated for, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Medical teams that used checklists during a crisis in the operating room were 74 percent less likely to skip a potentially life-saving step, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Reducing length of stay by one day improves 30 day readmission rates, according to a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
A study by the Commonwealth Fund has found that programs to reduce energy use and waste and achieve operating room supply efficiencies could achieve savings exceeding $5.4 billion over five years and $15 billion over 10 years.
Rapidly rising health insurance premiums and higher cost-sharing continue to strain the budgets of U.S. working families and employers, according to a report by the Commonwealth Fund.
Thirty-two percent of Americans put off medical care due to cost, according to a Gallup poll.
The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center was able to reduce 30 day readmission rates for elderly patients with heart failure by 46 percent, according to the Commonwealth Fund.
Patients who have online access to their medical records use clinical services more than those without online access, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
An international survey of primary care physicians shows that while electronic health record adoption is quickly rising in the United States, other issues remain, including patients’ ability to pay for care, according to a survey by the Commonwealth Fund.
HealthGrades has released its annual hospital quality ratings report, and has found that mortality and complication rates have significantly improved since 2005.
Hospital employees and their families spend 9% more on healthcare then other U.S. adults, according to an analysis by Truven Health Analytics.
Some hospitals question whether the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid should be tying patient satisfaction surveys to financial incentives, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal.
Walmart has announced that beginning in January 2013, employees will have access to certain spinal and heart surgeries at reputable hospitals around the country, travel and lodging included, at no cost to employees, according to Reuters.
“High-intensity” primary care, a model of care similar to the Patient-Centered Medical Home specifically for patients with chronic and multiple conditions, shows promise in lowering costs and improving quality, according to a press release by the National Institute for Healthcare Reform.
Patients with acute myocardial infarction are less likely to receive percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) if they live in a state where public reporting of PCI outcomes is required, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.