Hospital readmissions represent a huge portion of unnecessary--and preventable--healthcare costs, accounting for 30 percent of total inpatient costs among commercial health insurance members. With...
Safety-net hospitals are more likely to receive monetary penalties from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, according to a recent study by the Commonwealth Fund.
Remote monitoring for reducing readmissions was the focus of a panel discussion Tuesday morning at the mHealth Summit in Washington, D.C. The panel included representatives from healthcare organizations who discussed how they are implementing such technologies to make measurable improvements in care and outcomes.
In a trial conducted by the Central Indian Beacon Community, remote video conferencing between nurses and discharged hospital patients with congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease helped lower hospital readmissions to 3 percent--down from the national average of 20 percent.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has added new features to its websites that compare quality indicators for various types of healthcare providers. At the same time, it has begun
Many of Florida's largest hospitals scored poorly enough in Medicare readmissions that they will get placement preference in a new pilot program to cut down on such rates, reports Health News
Five University of California medical schools plus Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles will study how wireless technologies and telephone care management can reduce the number of hospital
Pennsylvania's hospitals readmitted 58,084 patients between October 1, 2008 and Sept. 30 2009, including 21,688 readmissions for complications or infections, according to data from the Pennsylvania
Unplanned hospital readmissions cost Medicare $17.4 billion a year, and as many as 76 percent of these events are preventable, says the Center for Technology and Aging, citing a 2009 study in the New
Most of us ignore the homeless at their own peril. We may drive or stride by them without penalty. Yet imagine that every time a homeless person ambled across your path, you were required to bathe,