• blog post 8.6.13

    Three Things to Know About Readmissions

    September 11, 2015

    CMS began imposing a penalty on hospitals with excessive Medicare readmissions in FY2013 (October 1, 2012) as part of the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP). CMS defines a “readmission” as someone who has been readmitted to the same or another acute care facility within 30 days of an initial hospital stay.

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    A New Way to Think About Conflicts of Interest in Medicine

    September 04, 2015

    On August 31st Health Economist Austin Frakt published an article in in the New York Times “TheUpshot” column suggesting “A New Way to Think About Conflicts of Interest in Medicine”.

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    Myth or Reality: Are Satisfied Nurses More Likely to Stay?

    August 12, 2015

    Although there is a lack of agreement about the severity of the nursing shortage that is being predicted, most feel that there will be a substantial shortage developing over the next several years. Job satisfaction is important to consider when evaluating nurse retention.

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    Provider Enrollment Solutions Vital for Hospital Revenue Cycle Management: White Paper

    August 06, 2015

    In this White Paper, HealthStream examines the new environment for Provider Enrollment and its implications for hospital and health system leaders. We present new research collected in early 2015 by HealthStream from 130 hospital and health system credentialing executives throughout the U.S. who indicate that improving the Provider Enrollment function is a high priority in their organizations.

  • blog post 7.19.13

    Education is Vital for Controlling Communicable Disease Outbreaks: AACN

    July 28, 2015

    AACN Shares How Education is Vital for Controlling Communicable Disease Outbreaks. The highly publicized 2014 West Africa Ebola outbreak reinforced the importance of critical care knowledge, skill, and teamwork in uncertain situations to the entire healthcare community.

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    You’re Already a Healthcare Data Visualization Expert

    July 22, 2015

    The term data visualization may already be in your vocabulary or you may have heard it quickly in a discussion about charts or reports. Anyway, don’t worry that it's some new class you have to take or concept that you will be forced to use. Whether you realize it or not you’re already an expert. Actually, if you work in a hospital you’re a leading authority on data visualization.

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    Selecting the Best Chart for Your Healthcare Data

    July 22, 2015

    The best chart is usually not the newest, most elaborate, or most colorful. In fact, it's often the opposite. You don’t order a medical test for a patient just because you can--don’t just use the sexiest chart available either. So, how do you determine which chart is right for your audience?

  • Magnet Designation: Is It Worth It?

    July 21, 2015

    The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® honors hospitals for excellence in nursing leadership, clinical practice, innovations, and positive outcomes. The current program has its roots in a ground-breaking study conducted by the American Academy of Nursing over 30 years ago.

  • blog post 10.6.14

    Value-Based Purchasing is on the Horizon for Home Health Agencies

    July 14, 2015

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published its proposal to implement a Home Health Value-based Purchasing model for Medicare-certified home health agencies (HHAs) in selected states starting in 2016. The model will test whether incentives for better care can improve outcomes in the delivery of home health services.

  • The Future Looks Bright for Nurse Practitioners

    June 30, 2015

    Several developments in the healthcare industry are resulting in increased demand for primary care services. For one, Baby Boomers have begun turning 65 and are entering the Medicare ranks at a rate of some 10,000 per day. Nurse practitioners may be a good solution to this increased healthcare need, but we need to address challenges, including scope of work limitations and increased demand for them.

  • Getting New Nurses Up-to-Speed on New Technology

    June 23, 2015

    Groundbreaking advancements in medical technology have revolutionized the dynamics of patient care. The burden of keeping up with these advancements, and the opportunity to improve patient care by using them, rests primarily on nurses. Exposing nurses to a range of medical technologies in order to create a solid foundation of understanding early in their careers creates nurses who are more confident, efficient, and productive as they engage in patient care.

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    Engaging Physicians to Improve Patient Outcomes

    June 22, 2015

    How do you engage physician practices in the world of patient outcomes when they are already facing time and financial constraints? Successful practices start by asking one important question: Why should we build a patient-centered culture?

  • Transforming Healthcare with Evidence-Based Practice

    June 18, 2015

    Gone are the days of the fee-for-service model. Enter the Value-based Purchasing (VBP) model, where the care you deliver and the patient outcomes you achieve determine the amount of reimbursement the institution or healthcare professional receives. Patient outcomes and safety are the top priorities in healthcare. The challenge every healthcare institution and healthcare professional faces each day is how to provide cost-effective, evidence-based patient care that improves patient outcomes.

  • Is It Time for Gender Diversity in Nursing?

    June 16, 2015

    A potential nursing shortage may be looming on the horizon. The expected shortage has been temporarily subdued by the recent economic downturn wherein many nurses re-entered the nursing workforce to make ends meet. One of the issues (as it relates to a potential nursing shortage) is that nursing is, for the most part, a single gender profession.

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    The Unique Issues of the Post-Acute Care World

    June 15, 2015

    The world of the post-acute care resident and family is the focus of much debate these days, but no one can debate the need for the care that these residents so richly deserve. Often this care is an indicator of employee engagement and commitment. Care providers interact with families who face fears, issues of safety, courtesy, respect and failure to meet expectations every day. How do you best address residents and families entering your facility with these fears?