Physician practices and even hospitals sometimes make the mistake of putting off decisions on record retention until they think it is time to clear out a storage facility or reduce their data storage expenses. A better approach is to determine how long certain records should be kept and then establish a destruction date.
It is hard to dispute the fact that prior authorization requirements place a heavy burden on both patients and providers. Yet the number of services and medications requiring auths continues to increase. Read on to learn about several trends.
Generally, ASCs are perceived as safe, high-quality, low-cost settings for many surgical procedures. Typically, ASC costs are lower than those in the similarly safe and high-quality settings of hospital outpatient departments, which also handle same-day surgeries. However, the authors of a recent study found there is one striking exception: outpatient joint replacement surgery.
Elderly patients with no family or friends to help with care post-discharge face complex medical challenges that call for community support
February 4, 2020
A program in the Chicago area is demonstrating the value of tailoring discharge plans to the particular needs of elderly patients with little support outside the hospital. These “solo seniors” often face complex medical challenges after discharge and can experience high rates of readmission without help from family and friends. With hospitals facing significant penalties from 30-day readmissions, the program could be a model for hospitals to emulate.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has made changes to its inpatient-only list that will shift many older patients to the same-day surgery setting. This makes it important for surgery centers to develop age-friendly sites.