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April 1st, 2020

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  • Maternity Case Managers Can Help Patients and Reduce Costs

    American women who are pregnant or have just given birth are dying at a rate higher than most high-resource nations, and the morbidity rate is three to four times greater for black women. Their death rate is equivalent to pregnant women in less affluent nations, including Mexico or Uzbekistan. Maternity case managers can help prevent pregnant women from experiencing health crises and help keep their infants out of the neonatal ICU. Case management helps promote better education about the risks of preterm births.

  • Maternal and Infant Health Need Science-Based Case Management Plan

    Evidence-based recommendations to prevent preterm births include assessing patients’ risk levels and considering a variety of potential complications and health problems.

  • Program Targeting Skilled Nursing Facilities Reduces Readmission Rates by 25%

    A study from Mount Sinai Health System in New York City revealed that 25% of patients who were transitioned to a skilled nursing facility (SNF) returned to the hospital within 30 days. The organization employed case management solutions to achieve a 20% reduction in the 30-day readmissions from SNFs.

  • Study Highlights Effects of Case Management on Reducing Readmissions

    A recent study revealed that case management programs helped improve hospital quality and led to reductions in hospital readmission rates. Hospitals that collaborated with home health agencies, used telehealth, or made house calls experienced lower readmission rates related to pneumonia. Case management services and referrals to home health agencies were among the main factors that affected readmission rates.

  • Can Telemedicine Deliver High-Quality Geriatric Care to Rural EDs?

    More than 100 U.S. EDs that have achieved some level of credit through the Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation (GEDA) program. These EDs have taken specific steps to better meet the needs of older patients who present to the ED according to Geriatric Emergency Department Guidelines, established in 2013. However, recognizing that smaller, rural hospitals often do not have the training or resources to meet GEDA standards, researchers are determining if telemedicine technology can be leveraged to make this accreditation available to these facilities.

  • Digital Chatbot Helps Guide Patients Through Hospital Care

    Banner Health is using “chatbots” in some of its EDs to help guide patients through the care process and improve satisfaction. Patients can interact with the chatbot in a conversational style on their cellphones to ask questions and stay informed about schedules, lab statuses, and other aspects of their experience.

  • Revisiting the 5 Domains of High Reliability

    For the past several years, there has been a keen focus in healthcare on high reliability, the idea of operating in such a way as to prevent or avoid serious harm or mistakes. But how does the concept translate into actions that clinicians and administrators can use to make progress?