Readmissions: Myth and Reality
Readmissions to the hospital after inpatient stay are in the spotlight, both from a financial and a quality perspective. A recent study reported a 30-day hospital readmission rate of 19.6% among Medicare fee-for-service enrollees, at an estimated cost of approximately $17.4 billion.
An In-Depth Overview of Meaningful Use for Participating Hospitals
Meaningful Use (MU) is the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) most comprehensive and ambitious quality improvement program ever with significant benefits for all stakeholders. These benefits include the potential to significantly improve patient care while streamlining processes and procedures and moving to complete electronic data storage—as well as providing lucrative reimbursements to hospitals that have fully participated in the program.
Clearly, MU is here to stay, and hospitals of all sizes shortly will need to comply with the program to avoid significant financial penalties.
This white paper will provide hospital staff with:
- an understanding of MU from the ground up.
- an overview of Core and Menu Measures.
- a blueprint for planning a successful MU EHR and attestation program from start to finish.
CMS Reimbursement Rules for Hospital-Acquired Infections: How Electronic Reports Can Protect the Bottom Line
Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) cost the average community hospital over half a million dollars each year.
The first and most obvious response by community hospitals will be to improve compliance with all of the evidence-based measures that have proven to reduce infections rates. While achieving 100% compliance with infection control practices is an excellent target, the reality is that change takes time and intense effort.
This white paper explores how electronic reports:
- allow infection-control practitioners to quickly zero in on patients at risk and intervene quickly, in near real-time,thereby easing patient morbidity and mortality.
- help provide patients receive overall better care.
- save the hospital money.
- give inflection-control practitioners more time to implement changes, educate staff, and track success.