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Hospitals can play a more active role in suicide prevention

Hospitals must increase mental health screenings and improve targeted follow-up practices with at risk patients to make progress on suicide prevention, according to research published in the British Journal of Psychiatry.

Patients at risk for readmission during 'transient period' after discharge

New research from the Yale School of Medicine adds to the evidence that the "transient period" after leaving the hospital puts patients at high risk for readmissions.

Bridge health, social services to improve discharges

Investing in social work can lead to significant savings for hospitals by speeding up patient assessments and therefore reducing delayed discharges, according to a U.K. project.

Men have more readmissions, need post-discharge support

Men have a higher rate of hospital utilization within 30 days of discharge than women, according to a study in BMJ Open. Men are more likely to return to the hospital post-discharge if they are

Readmissions drop when pharmacists visit patients' homes

Imagine this: During an appointment with a primary care doctor, a patient pulls out a brown paper bag filled with prescription medication bottles, half of which are open and the pills have spilled

Proposed nurse scope-of-practice expansion to improve discharge

For the first time in 25 years, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is reviewing more than 450 comments related to overhauling the Conditions of Participation (CoP) to expand the scope

Cut readmissions with discharge 'passports,' communication

Discharge planning and provider communication helped Philadelphia hospitals reduce readmissions by 7 percent, according to a report released last week by The Health Care Improvement Foundation. Most

Nurse practitioners don't improve readmissions

Although adding a nurse practitioner (NP) to a care team can improve the discharge process, it doesn't decrease patient readmissions, according to a study published in this month's Journal of

Hospitals use post-discharge clinics to cut readmissions

With the industry focused on reducing readmissions, some hospitals are sending patients to post-discharge clinics to prevent them from returning. Hospitalists, primary care physicians, or

High-readmission hospitals use follow-up to keep patients from returning

Like other hospitals across the country, Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis suffers from high readmission rates. Twenty-eight percent of its heart failure patients on Medicare return to the