• 10 Lessons Learned from Multiple Magnet® Journeys

    January 29, 2015
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    This blog post is an excerpt from an article by Gen Guanci, MEd, RN-BC, CCRN, Creative Health Care Management, in the current issue of PX Alert, HealthStream's quarterly e-newsletter devoted to the wide range of challenges, situations, and issues that have an impact on the patient experience. Subscribe to PX Alert. From work with both national and international Magnet®-aspiring and Magnet®-designated organizations, here are her top 10 lessons learned.
  • Webinar: PQRS, The Value Modifier, and the CAHPS for PQRS Survey--Ask CMS Experts

    January 28, 2015
    As part of our continuing Re-CAHPS education series, HealthStream is pleased to host Lauren Fuentes from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on February 3rd, 2015. Ms. Fuentes will provide an overview of the Physician Quality Reporting System, the Value Modifier and the CAHPS for PQRS Survey.
  • Does Your Healthcare Staff Deliver High Quality CPR?

    January 27, 2015
    During cardiac emergencies, quality matters. It is our duty to arm clinicians with education that truly prepares them for life-threatening emergencies, and gives them the confidence and competence needed to recall this education when it counts.
  • Sustaining The Standards of Performance in Healthcare

    January 26, 2015
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    In order for Standards of Performance to become ingrained in a healthcare organization's culture, they must be hardwired so that employees live and breathe them daily. Communication is the key to making a permanent connection between the Standards and the behaviors that most exemplify the culture, serving as the backbone of its success.
  • Use Targeted Pulse Surveys to Achieve Healthcare Workforce Alignment

    January 21, 2015
    As an essential part of an organization’s workforce strategy, the annual employee engagement survey provides organization-wide feedback for an overall view of the health of an organization and the factors influencing business outcomes. Employee engagement is the metric that drives everything else, and when scores rise or fall, other metrics, such as financial or operational performance, and patient satisfaction can climb or dip with it.
  • What are Standards of Performance and How Do They Impact Healthcare Culture?

    January 20, 2015
    Standards of performance comprise the code of behaviors that clearly communicates the way you want every employee in your organization to act when approaching a customer or providing a service. Another way to think of the standards is a set of expectations used to define the specific ways that staff members are to conduct themselves in the work environment and during the performance of their duties.
  • Seven Essential Steps to Take Before A Magnet Journey

    January 09, 2015
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    This blog post is an excerpt from an article by Gen Guanci, MEd, RN-BC, CCRN, Creative Health Care Management, in the current issue of PX Alert, HealthStream's quarterly e-newsletter devoted to the wide range of challenges, situations, and issues that have an impact on the patient experience. Subscribe to PX Alert. There’s no doubt about it: the pursuit of Magnet® designation has a lot more in common with a marathon than it does with a sprint. Here are seven tips for preparing for a Magnet journey.
  • Medical Device Training's Impact on Healthcare Quality Improvements

    December 30, 2014
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    This blog post excerpts an article by Danielle R. Coleman, Director of Medical Technologies, HealthStream, in the Fall 2014 issue of HealthStream's PX Advisor, our quarterly magazine focused on improving the patient experience.
  • CAHPS Consortium Proposes Significant Changes to the CG-CAHPS Survey

    December 19, 2014
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    If you had a chance to attend our Re-CAHPS webinar on December 4th, 2014, you are already aware that AHRQ and the CAHPS Consortium are proposing to make some significant changes to the CG-CAHPS Survey and the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) question set. If approved, we expect to see the revised surveys in early 2015.
  • Focusing on Employee Resilience is Important for Senior Care Staff

    December 18, 2014
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    As professionals in senior living, we recognize the importance of resilience to employee well-being. Resilience is a critical factor for successfully navigating challenges and recovering from adversity, and employees in post-acute care settings encounter a wide range of stressors. Providing care itself is physically and emotionally demanding. In the process of providing care, residents and family members may act or speak in difficult ways.
  • Reward and Recognize Physicians: Healthcare Employee Engagement

    December 15, 2014
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    Doctors, just like all of your staff, deserve and want to be recognized and rewarded for their contributions to the organization. The Leadership Group recommends developing multiple ways to recognize physicians. The following are some suggestions:
  • Magnet® Designation: Why it Matters and What You Need to Know

    December 11, 2014
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    The beauty of using the pursuit of Magnet® designation as the framework for your cultural transformation is that it sets out clear parameters for all aspects of the transformation. The very pursuit of Magnet® designation will almost certainly bring your organization a myriad of improvements in nursing excellence, nurse satisfaction, and nurse retention.
  • 10 Ways to Make Patient Experience Fit into Your 2015 Quality Plan

    December 09, 2014
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    We invited our HealthStream team to provide their suggestions on what you should be doing now to improve the patient experience. The following is our checklist of ideas, and important questions to ask yourself as you prepare for 2015.
  • Best Practices for Healthcare Rewards and Recognition

    December 08, 2014
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    Over the years, BLG has been privileged to partner with many organizations as they embark on their own journey. The following are three reward and recognition bst practices our partners crafted, unique to their very own healthcare environments.
  • Triaging Post-Acute Care Retention and Turnover

    December 04, 2014
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    This article describes how, given industry changes and readmission concerns, the post-acute care industry approach to retention and turnover must change radically.