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    Physician Burnout is A Problem We Must Address Now

    December 01, 2015

    The epidemic of physician burnout may be the single largest negative influence on many organizations culture performance and profitability.

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    10 Ways to Encourage Better Physician Communication

    November 20, 2015

    Physicians looking to deliver a superior patient experience must take the time to evaluate how they communicate and commit to practicing new ways of speaking to patients.

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    Conflicts of Interest Becoming Hot Topics in Healthcare

    October 21, 2015

    With the publication in 2014 of the CMS “Open Payments” database, which makes all payments to physicians from Pharmaceutical and Medical Device companies available in a searchable database, conflicts of interest has become a hot-button issue in healthcare.

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    CHI’s Standard Expectations, Local Flexibility Key to Favorable Transition of Care Ratings

    October 20, 2015

    CHI is partnering with post-acute providers in communities. According to Miller, “Designing a continuing care network with providers having aligned goals of quality and education has had a powerful impact for our consumers.”

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    Possible Solutions to Transition of Care Issues and Problems

    October 08, 2015

    In this article, we ask several important questions about care transitions and how they can lead to unnecessary hospital readmissions. They include (1) What makes care transition points so difficult and (2) Why are the “hand-offs” prone to issues? Several points of vulnerability and solutions are addressed.

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    Frequent Practice and Real-Time Feedback are Keys to Improved Resuscitation

    October 06, 2015

    In this PX Advisor feature article, HealthStream takes a look at the practice of resuscitation. Many of us have perceptions from popular television shows that resuscitation is almost always effective; however, the truth is that we are really not as good at resuscitating as you might think. Currently, we are only able to revive about 19% of those with in-hospital cardiac arrest.

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    Four More Things to Know About Readmissions

    September 30, 2015

    Studies have shown that there are a number of processes that occur during the inpatient stay and in the early stages of post-discharge care that do impact readmission rates. Most hospitals are focusing their improvement efforts in these areas. The following table identifies some of these common process breakdowns.

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    Three More Things to Know About Readmissions

    September 23, 2015

    Hospitals with readmission rates that exceed the national average are penalized by a reduction in payments across all of their Medicare admissions—not just those which resulted in readmissions. CMS began imposing penalties in FY2013 when the maximum penalty was 1% of the hospital’s base inpatient claims.

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    What One Chief Medical Officer is Thinking About Readmissions

    September 16, 2015

    The key is to take multiple steps to prevent a readmission. We need to be focused on plans for discharge as soon as the patient is admitted. You can’t wait until the day before. You need to try to have everything in place before the patient leaves the hospital.

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    Meeting the Training Requirements of Corporate Integrity Agreements

    September 14, 2015

    A CIA requires significant attention, data collection, legal defense, negotiation, new systems, new policies, oversight, and enforcement, possibly for many years. Healthcare facilities of all types, including hospitals, pharmaceutical manufacturers, long-term care, physician groups, and more have all seen increases in CIAs. Yet, these organizations often struggle with what to do if a recipient of one.

  • How HealthStream Can Help With Post-Acute Care Issues

    September 14, 2015

    HealthStream uses empirically proven methods to improve the system of care in post-acute/long-term care facilities. With services ranging from strategic planning to accountability and alignment of care units, we offer products, services, and facilitators to improve post-acute/long-term care. Learn more about our post-acute care solutions.

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    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.


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