Posted on January 28, 2020
A new discharge planning rule went into effect Nov. 29, 2019. While new regulations often have providers scrambling to prepare, this one shouldn’t be too heavy of a lift. That’s because a lot of the rule is about mandating what many rural hospitals and CAHs already do as part of their discharge planning process.
Posted on January 22, 2020
How well do your patients understand doctor’s orders, prescription labels and disease pamphlets? While various definitions exist, health literacy is widely considered to be the “degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.”
Posted on January 16, 2020
Swing beds were first authorized by Congress in 1980. For those keeping count, that was four decades ago! Given the long-standing nature of the program, one might think it would be set in stone by now.
Posted on January 09, 2020
Advancing the practice of care coordination is a vital part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)’s 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule.
Posted on December 19, 2019
Some of history’s best leaders were bold, courageous, focused and insightful. But the power that comes along with being in charge can go unchecked if those qualities aren’t balanced by a set of traits now widely known as emotional intelligence.
Posted on December 11, 2019
As more provider organizations embrace team-based care as a way to achieve their value-based care goals and provide a better patient experience, they’re also discovering that successfully implementing team-based care is easier said than done. Siloed information, conflicting cultures, competing interests, breakdowns in communication—these and other barriers can make it difficult for teams to work together in the interest of patient care.
Posted on December 03, 2019
Interim leadership: It’s a big job, but somebody has to do it. And there’s too much at stake in healthcare today for an interim leader to simply keep the seat warm. It’s not uncommon for hospital boards to charge interim leaders with much more than maintaining the status quo while they search for the next permanent leader.
Posted on November 21, 2019
The right technology can help your organization optimize reimbursement, streamline disjointed workflows and minimize revenue cycle-related expenses. But with so many different vendors touting their own version of the solution, the vetting and decision-making process can be overwhelming.
Posted on November 14, 2019
Where are we now? Where should we be going? How will we get there? And how will we know if we are successful? No matter what the market landscape looks like, these are good questions to ask—and answer—on a regular basis.
Posted on November 07, 2019
The quality improvement principles of lean are particularly well-suited to the healthcare industry because of their potential to build efficient care pathways that put patients first.