Almost a third of patients in rehab hospitals suffer a medication error or some other type of preventable harm during their stay, according to a recent report from the Department of Health and Human Services.
When patients dont show up for their appointments, the natural first step for many practices is to penalize the patient. But the problem might not lie with the patient, and if it doesnt, charging the patient a missed-appointment fee or kicking him or her off the patient roster wont improve the clinics no-show and cancellation rate.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) plans to launch a new national initiative this fall called Steps to a HealthierUS Workforce, aimed at integrating worker healthy lifestyle promotion with the NIOSH mission of protecting and improving working conditions and work environment.
If planning isnt already under way, the time is now for your hospital to get ready for implementation of the Health Insurance Portability
and Accountability Acts (HIPAA) security rule, which takes effect April 21, 2005.
Long hours and overtime are linked to higher injury rates, more frequent illnesses, and even increased mortality, according to a review of 52 published research reports by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
At SSM Rehab in St. Louis, diversity has become part of the institutional culture. Staff have successfully built diversity into its ongoing operations rather than instituting one program that would meet federal and industry guidelines, says Kurt Delabar, director of human resources.