March 1, 2017
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Does Discharging a Patient Make You Feel Like You’re Herding Cats?
Multidisciplinary rounds that bring together the entire treatment team and, often, patients and family members, are a key in relieving the chaos that often occurs on the day of discharge.
Interdisciplinary Rounds Must be Short and Well Organized
Interdisciplinary rounds must be quick and orderly — otherwise, key members of the team won’t join in.
The Who, Where, and How of Rounding Makes a Big Difference
The biggest challenge in establishing multidisciplinary rounds is getting everybody on the team to participate.
Making Patients Part of the Team Helps Hospital Cut LOS, Boost HCAHPS Scores
Length of stay dropped and patient satisfaction rose when Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta began holding Structured Interdisciplinary Bedside Rounds.
Care Management Revamp Helps Keep Readmission Rates Low
Thanks to a series of initiatives to focus on at-risk patients after discharge, Flagstaff Medical Center has avoided readmission penalties for four years and consistently has a 12% all-cause Medicare readmission rate.
Hospitals Can Now Factor Socioeconomic Status into Readmissions
Hospitals have long complained that assessments of readmission rates do not take into account the socioeconomic factors that can influence them, resulting in facilities serving the neediest patients taking a financial hit when they don’t meet national standards.
Healthcare Workers Don’t Mind Masking to Protect Patients
A universal masking policy for healthcare providers and home care workers dramatically reduced respiratory viral infections in hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) patients, researchers report.
Readmission Rates for Bariatric Surgery Drop with QI
Thirty-day readmission rates for bariatric surgery patients can be reduced by implementing a series of quality improvement efforts, according to recent research.
How to Improve the Quality of Case Management Departments through Staffing, Part 2
This month, we will discuss some new and creative ways to use the staffing within a case management department.