5 Reasons to improve the ROI of your patient education

Are your patient education tools viewed as just “nice to have” or does your administration recognize their impact on reducing the cost of readmissions and improving reimbursements?

More than ever before, the quality of patient education is having a direct impact on financial success for healthcare providers.  Relevant, engaging and clinically accurate patient education that helps patients better understand and manage their health has been proven to reduce readmissions and increase patient satisfaction. Whether accessible on your website, available on patient and waiting room TVs or given as discharge instructions, the quality of your patient education can have a direct impact on your bottom line.  When’s the last time you assessed the ROI of your patient education? Continue reading “5 Reasons to improve the ROI of your patient education”

How will integrative medicine transform your care model?

The ‘health crises’ of decades past was never entirely resolved. New technologies, diagnostic devices, surgical procedures and research advancements may be dramatically advancing medical outcomes. But the fact remains that ever-increasing reimbursement pressures continue to challenge providers, and better- informed patients still struggle with a lack of insurance or the burden of incredibly high deductibles. Is there any good answer?

Part of the solution may very well lie in alternatives to traditional medicine that have been practiced for literally centuries: integrative or complementary alternative medicine. Continue reading “How will integrative medicine transform your care model?”

Tips for Teaching Parents How to Raise Veggie-Loving, No-Fuss, Healthy-Eating Kids

Written by: Dr. Tanya Altmann, MD, FAAPstreet-market-fruits-grocery

Every day I talk to parents who don’t know what first food to feed their baby, are concerned that their toddler won’t eat veggies or stumped as to why their preschooler only eats carbs. That’s why I wrote, What to Feed Your Baby: A Pediatricians’ Guide to the 11 Essential Foods to Guarantee Veggie-Loving, No-Fuss, Healthy-Eating Kids. I wanted to cut through the confusing clutter of feeding advice and get right to the basics of which foods are truly best to feed a baby, young child and even the entire family! Here are 5 of my 11 Essential Foundation Foods. If you teach parents to introduce foundation foods early (around 6 months of age) and feed them frequently, they will raise healthy, nutrition-loving kids, which will make your job as a healthcare provider much easier, since good nutrition is the foundation for a healthy life.


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Safe Patient Series

Empowering patients in understanding their role in reducing Hospital Acquired Infections continues to be a focus of many hospitals. The Safe Patient Series, developed in partnership with SafeCare Campaign, was designed to inform patients and their families about hospital acquired infections and their role in preventing them. The following programs are available in English and Spanish via the online library so your staff can assign education to patients when relevant. Interested in airing them as part of a targeted on-air education offering? Ask about our custom channel offerings.

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Speak Up Series: Programming from the Joint Commission

The Wellness Network is pleased to air The Joint Commission’s Speak Up™ series of  animated, public service announcements to empower and inform both patients and their families about their role as active participants in their health care experience. This award-winning series, available in English and Spanish, can be added to your Custom Channel offering to help your facility improve your patient satisfaction scores, meet your education goals and initiatives, and support safety in your hospital.

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Staff Education and Support for the NICU

mother holding a premature baby at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the hospital

The next frontier in improving outcomes of premature babies will likely be through the provision of comprehensive family support, which will encourage and enable parents to spend long periods of time on a daily basis with their baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Studies of the family-integrated care model, in which parents spend anywhere from 8-24 hours a day caring for their NICU babies have shown a variety of benefits to both parents and babies.(1,2) Some of these include shorter hospital stay and lower incidence of BPD,1 and less maternal stress, improved parental confidence and knowledge, and improved weight gain and levels of breastfeeding.(2) Another recent study has shown that infants whose mothers had higher levels of involvement in their care (kangaroo care, breast or bottle feeding, and providing routine cares), especially in the context of a single family room NICU model, had improved neurodevelopmental outcomes at 18 months of age.(3)

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Safe Vaccines During Pregnancy

Written by: Dr. Tanya Altmann, MD, FAAP

Calling all doctors, nurses and other health care providers. It’s National Immunization Month, making it the perfect time to brush up on the latest recommendations regarding vaccines. You already know vaccines are important to the health of our children and help prevent diseases, but they are also important to adults, especially pregnant woman and those who might become pregnant. This is an area of the population that is often overlooked when it comes to immunizations.

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12 Things You Need to Know about Zika


Written by: Darria Long Gillespie, MD MBA, FACEP

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about Zika lately. The other day, when talking to a woman who is ready to start her family, but whose husband is traveling this month to Brazil for work, I had to tell her the truth – that at a minimum – even if he has no symptoms of Zika, everything needs to be put on hold for at least 2 months.

Zika Virus and Pregnancy

I wanted to know what information my fellow providers were circulating about the epidemic, so I decided to conduct my own small (neither randomized nor controlled) study of current Zika messaging. I called my own OBGYN’s office, and then the office of another local OBGYN, (I told you, this wasn’t scientific), just to see what information their patients were getting. One sent me a 4-page document about Zika to sign that I understood the risks of Zika if I wanted to get pregnant; the other made several calls to inquire how one could get tested for Zika if exposed (I appreciated the effort, but the answer was still unclear). What did become clear over the hours waiting for answers was that, while patients have many questions about Zika, accurate information is not always easily to find.

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5 Tips to Help Your Patients Avoid Joint Replacement Surgery

Written by: Winifred D. Bragg

By 2030, the demand for total hip arthroplasties is estimated to increase 174% to 572,000 procedures; and the demand for total knee arthroplasties is projected to increase 673% to 3.48 million procedures. (1) With the number for joint replacement surgeries on the rise, we need to remind patients to remain active to keep their joints healthy. Pain is the primary reason for joint replacement surgery, if we can eliminate pain, we may eliminate the need for some patients to have joint replacement surgery.

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These 5 tips will help your patients keep their joints strong:

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New Study Finds 27% of 30-Day Hospital Readmissions Are Preventable

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A recent University of California San Francisco (UCSF) study published in JAMA Internal Medicine reports that over one quarter of all 30-day hospital readmissions are preventable. The study, which looked at 1007 patients in 12 academic medical centers, found that poor communication, inadequate coordination of care, and insufficient post-discharge resources were major contributing factors to the readmissions problem.

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