Hospitals Tap Drugstores To Curb Readmissions

How Can Hospitals Help Slow Readmissions? Many hospitals are at risk for patient readmission fines. Since readmission fees began, many hospitals find themselves losing income. There are ways to avoid unnecessary patient readmissions within 30 days of hospital discharge. One method to avoid this fee is to give recently discharged patients thorough information about their […]

3 Ways To Make Readmission Policies Fair For Hospitals

Understand Current Policy Since the Affordable Care Act created the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, hospitals now encounter reduced reimbursement payments for surplus 30-day readmission rates. Reducing unnecessary costs is vital to a hospital’s success. A high-cost risk for hospitals includes high penalties for patient readmission. To avoid unfair readmission policies, hospitals must maintain high-quality care […]

Reducing Preventable ER Visits with Analytics

Every so often we see stories about 911 dispatchers burdened by non-emergency calls. They make headlines because people encumber the system with requests that are not urgent. The 911 system, of course, is intended for use in emergencies only. Emergency departments are built upon the same premise, yet overuse for non-emergent care remains a problem […]

Hospital Outsourcing a Lasting Trend, Especially for Remote Patient Monitoring

“Do what you do best and outsource the rest,” was a popular tagline coined by famed consultant Peter Drucker. Originally stated in the 1990s, the slogan remains ever relevant today. It’s a viable business strategy for hospitals anywhere when it comes to remote patient monitoring. Hospitals have always been concerned about their bottom lines. Today, […]

Hospital Readmission Problems Can Be Corrected by Telehealth Services

Earlier this decade, hospital readmissions had gotten so far out of hand that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) decided to do something about it. In 2012, they – or more specifically, Medicare – began penalizing hospitals for high numbers of patients who ended up back in the hospital within 30 days. It’s a […]

How to Reduce Hospital Readmissions by Identifying Four Drivers of Complications

No one doubts hospital readmissions have become a debilitating problem in healthcare. With 34,000,000 discharges in America every year, hospital readmissions create pointless spending for patients and the healthcare industry at large. What’s up for debate are its causes. We know that 20 percent of discharged Medicare patients come back within 30 days. That figure […]