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

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 ...

By |2018-03-07T03:52:36-06:00June 16th, 2016|

Planning for National Infant Immunization Week

National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is April 16-23, 2016. This annual observance, sponsored by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), highlights the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases. It’s also a great time to increase immunization compliance amongst your youngest patients by promoting parent education resources and hosting vaccination ...

By |2016-04-07T17:40:34-05:00April 7th, 2016|

New Joint Commission Certification For Total Hip and Knee Replacement

The Joint Commission has announced the creation of a new Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement. Joint Commission accredited hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers are eligible to apply for the new certification, which recognizes quality, consistency, and safety in joint replacement surgery programs. According to the Joint ...

By |2018-03-07T03:43:57-06:00February 2nd, 2016|

Medicare Penalizes 758 Hospitals For Safety Incidents

  By Jordan Rau; Courtesy of Kaiser Health News. Dateline: 12/10/15. The federal government is penalizing 758 hospitals with higher rates of patient safety incidents, and more than half of those places had also been fined last year, Medicare records released late Wednesday show. Among the hospitals getting punished for ...

By |2018-03-07T03:58:58-06:00January 15th, 2016|

Reducing 30-Day Readmissions for COPD

Twenty-four million Americans live with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a progressive lung disease that makes it difficult to breathe and is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Most COPD patients have both chronic bronchitis and emphysema, conditions that together cause symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, shortness ...

By |2019-08-02T10:58:23-05:00November 30th, 2015|

The High Cost of Inpatient Diabetes Care

Reduce Diabetes Readmissions with an Education Program that Follows Patients Home Each year, over 5.5 million patients with diagnosed diabetes pass through a U.S. hospital. [i] Inpatient care for these patients has an annual price tag of $76 billion.[ii] And over 20% of patients admitted to a U.S. hospital for ...

By |2018-03-07T03:44:35-06:00November 13th, 2015|

SIDS and Ensuring Safe Sleep

October is SIDS Awareness Month According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1,500 infants lose their lives to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) each year. SIDS is the leading cause of death of babies in their first year of life. Educating parents on the importance of a ...

By |2018-03-07T03:44:57-06:00October 26th, 2015|

Be a Health Literacy Hero This October

It’s Health Literacy Month, and a good time to assess your patient education materials, discharge instructions, and other patient communications for good health literacy practices. The theme for 2015 is “Be a Health Literacy Hero.” According to Helen Osborne, who founded Health Literacy Month in 1999, “Health Literacy Heroes are ...

By |2015-10-06T20:42:01-05:00October 6th, 2015|

September is AFib Awareness Month

  Atrial fibrillation, or AFib, is a heart rhythm disorder that affects more than 2.7 million people. Untreated, AFib can increase the risk of stroke and heart failure. It’s also a condition that’s costly to both patients and the healthcare system; AFib patients have twice as many hospitalizations than patients without the disorder, ...

By |2015-09-25T13:47:28-05:00September 25th, 2015|