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Quality Improvement

  • Joint Commission Annual Report Recognizes 1,099 Top Performer Hospitals
    Thirty-three percent of Joint Commission-accredited hospitals reporting accountability measure data for 2012 are Top Performer hospitals, using evidence-based care processes that are delivered in the right way and at the right time, according to Improving America’s ...More
    October 30, 2013 Posted in News
  • Program May Hold Promise for Reducing Avoidable Hospital Readmissions
    Recent federal legislation imposes financial penalties on hospitals that experience excessive patient readmissions within 30 days. A new study published today in the Journal of Hospital Medicine looks at the potential of a program designed to improve the discharge process ...More
    July 22, 2013 Posted in News
  • Hospitals With Strong Safety Cultures Show Better Patient Outcomes
    When hospital senior management supports the creation and maintenance of a strong safety culture, patient outcomes improve, staff productivity increases, and there is less clinical employee turnover, according to research reported in the Journal for Healthcare Quality, the ...More
    July 9, 2013 Posted in News
  • Protecting Patients from Medical Errors Requires Commitment to a Strong Safety Culture
    For too long, progress in preventing medication errors and other mistakes that compromise patient safety in healthcare facilities has been unacceptably slow and patients in the majority of U.S. hospitals may not be much safer today than they were 10 years ago, according to ...More
    June 5, 2013 Posted in News
  • Sharing Individual Health Information Could Improve Care and Reduce Costs for All
    Information collected from individual patients at doctor's office and hospital visits could be used to improve healthcare and reduce costs on a national scale, according to a discussion paper released by the Institute of Medicine. As health care records move to electronic ...More
    April 15, 2013 Posted in News
  • Study Examines Relationship Between Occurrence of Surgical Complications and Hospital Finances
    Findings of an analysis that included nearly 35,000 surgical discharges from a 12-hospital system suggest that the occurrence of postsurgical complications was associated with a higher per-encounter hospital contribution margin for patients covered by Medicare and private ...More
    April 15, 2013 Posted in News
  • Better Coordination Necessary to Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates
    Achieving widespread reductions in preventable hospital readmissions among Medicare beneficiaries may take longer than many healthcare professionals originally anticipated, according to researchers at Penn State, the Weill Cornell Medical College and the University of ...More
    April 15, 2013 Posted in News
  • Hospitals Measure Up for Medicare Reimbursement
    For-profit hospitals are out-performing other hospitals when treating stroke, heart attack and pneumonia patients in emergency departments and, thus, will be more likely to receive bonuses under Medicare’s new payment rules, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study. ...More
    April 1, 2013 Posted in News
  • New Model Predicts Hospital Readmission Risk
    Hospital readmissions are a costly problem for patients and for the United States healthcare system with studies showing nearly 20 percent of Medicare patients are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge at an annual cost of $17 billion. Preventing avoidable ...More
    March 25, 2013 Posted in News
  • Research Describes the Patient Satisfaction Chasm
    Quality is a central component of any discussion around healthcare and one of the key dimensions and measurements of quality care is the patient experience. However, many healthcare organizations struggle to become ‘patient focused' and fail to score well on patient ...More
    March 1, 2013 Posted in News