Clinical Connection

August 2017: Clinical Connection

Posted on September 06, 2017

Welcome to Part 2 of our two-part summer series on Competency. In Part 1 we focused on developing a framework for measuring competency. In Part 2, we will look at developing cultural competency.

June 2017: Clinical Connection

Posted on June 05, 2017

Many clinicians would gladly invite leaders to walk in their shoes for a day as a means of sharing an understanding how each day is unique, how each day can provide different stress levels, and how each day can ultimately contribute to burnout.

April 2017: Clinical Connection

Posted on May 01, 2017

Many clinicians would gladly invite leaders to walk in their shoes for a day as a means of sharing an understanding how each day is unique, how each day can provide different stress levels, and how each day can ultimately contribute to burnout.

March 2017: Clinical Connection

Posted on March 21, 2017

A recent study by the Advisory Board (September 2016) revealed that wait times are a significant patient and staff dissatisfier. Parallel to wait times is patient flow. Throughout the country there are performance improvement teams working diligently to assure that patients are in the right place at the right time, yet few are realizing consistent improvement in patient flow.

January 2017: Clinical Connection

Posted on January 21, 2017

The complexity of medication reconciliation has caused a real conundrum for pharmacists, physicians, and nurses. Oftentimes, the responsibility of collecting the medication list is unclear and no specific person may be reviewing medications with the patient.

October 2016: Ready or Not, MACRA is Here!

Posted on October 26, 2016

Written By: Michael Lieb, Regional Vice President and Director, Practice Management
MACRA, or the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 has finally arrived, but not without fits and starts. The implications of this bipartisan legislation are both imminent and significant. CMS has just released its final rule, and moved the deadlines and potential penalties, but it has not reduced the requirement for clinicians to participate.

August 2016: An Epidemic Among Us

Posted on August 31, 2016

Written By: Diane Bradley, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CPHQ, FACHE, FACHCA, Regional Chief Clinical Officer
Many health care professionals do not view substance abuse as a chronic disease, and often label these individuals as “frequent flyers” due to their drug-seeking behaviors. It is important to educate oneself and others that the use of substances is no different from other chronic diseases like diabetes, CHF, chronic back pain, or HIV since all are life threatening and all require care and empathy. Read more to learn about addictive drugs and the impact on healthcare.

June 2016: Assessing Suicide Risk: The Facts

Posted on June 29, 2016

Whether your hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission that promulgates the NPSGs, suicide risk assessments are an essential part
of nursing assessments. As health care professionals, we are in a key position for identifying people at risk of suicide and preventing suicide. Oftentimes, the signs of suicide ideation are not overt, but subtle.

April 2016: Everyone Is the Chief Experience Officer

Posted on May 04, 2016

Have you ever wondered why your HCAHPS scores do not reflect the patients comments regarding their hospital experience when you make rounds?

March 2016: Improving Safety Through Just Culture

March 2016: Improving Safety Through Just Culture

Posted on March 22, 2016

Definition: Just Culture is one that learns and improves by openly identifying and examining its own weaknesses. Organizations with a Just Culture are as willing to expose areas of weakness as they are to display areas of excellence. Click to Download Presentation