Three Ways Patient Education Improves Safety and Quality of Care

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Quality of Care at Teaching Hospitals

Healthcare ECONOMIST

Medicare pays higher reimbursement to teaching hospitals through indirect medical education (IME) payments to hospitals that train a high share of residents. Medicare also pay hospitals directly for some cost of training residents through the graduate medical education (GME). A key question then is whether these teaching hospitals provide better quality of care to patients. Findings on other dimensions of relative quality are mixed.

IECS Argentina Improve ICUs Quality of Care During Covid-19

Life Qi


Readers Write: What The (Behavioral) Health? Let’s Shift the Focus from Access to Care to Quality of Care


What The (Behavioral) Health? Let’s Shift the Focus from Access. Readers Write

How bad "cognitive ergonomics" can drain doctors' brainpower

Health Care Dive

Poor "cognitive ergonomics" adds to physician overload, affecting well-being and quality of care

3 healthcare CIOs share top industry challenges

Health Care Dive

Healthcare CIOs help companies maintain the quality of care, balance costs, keep critical IT infrastructure up and running and attract enough talent to meet innovation goals

Protecting Seniors and People with Disabilities by Improving Safety and Quality of Care in the Nation’s Nursing Homes

Briggs Healthcare

Mid-afternoon Monday, February 28, 2022, the White House issued this Fact Sheet with the same title as this blog (bolding added by me): All people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect and to have access to quality medical care. And in no case should a health care facility be causing a patient harm. The pandemic has highlighted the tragic impact of substandard conditions at nursing homes, which are home to many of our most at-risk community members.

Coaching Individuals for Quality Improvement in Healthcare

Life Qi

As the Point of Care Quality Improvement (POCQI) Coaching Guide neatly sums up: ‘Regular coaching is important for maintaining momentum in improving quality of care.’

User-centered system design can help save lives


In my previous blog post , I wrote about the Nashville, TN nurse RaDonda Vaught who was convicted last month of criminally negligent homicide and abuse of an impaired adult after a medication error contributed to the death of a patient in 2017.

GAO Health Care Capsule: Improving Nursing Home Quality and Information

Briggs Healthcare

The Government Accountability Office has posted this January 2022 Health Care Capsule to “summarize past GAO reports on concerns about nursing home quality of care, consumer information, and COVID-19. INDUSTRY NEWS Long-Term Care

Statement from CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure on President Biden’s State of the Union 

Briggs Healthcare

CMS issued this Press Release on Wednesday, March 2, 2022: During President Biden’s first year in office, CMS has worked to expand health care coverage to a record 14.5 People living in nursing homes deserve to be treated with dignity and to receive the care they need.

The National Imperative to Improve Nursing Home Quality

Briggs Healthcare

Nursing homes play a unique dual role in the long-term care continuum, serving as a place where people receive needed health care and a place they call home. High-quality research is needed to advance the quality of care in nursing homes.

Impact of star ratings on provider demand

Healthcare ECONOMIST

For years, Medicare and other payers have used quality measures to evaluate the quality of care patients receive at various types of providers settings (e.g., For some payers, higher quality scores/higher star ratings lead to direct increases in reimbursement through a value-based purchasing arrangement. Typically, value-based payment systems include additional bonus payments for high quality providers.

How to Reduce Hospital Readmissions with Telehealth & RPM

Health Recovery

Hospital readmissions are expensive and affect every part of the healthcare ecosystem, from providers to payers to patients. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), hospital readmission rates are as high as 14%, costing $15,200 on average per readmission.

Study: Caseload, Telehealth Focus Drives Quality for Home Health Agencies

Home Health Care

With over 400,000 data points, a new study from LeadingAge could give home-based care providers a new roadmap on how to optimize performance. It also focused on technology, palliative care, staffing and future care delivery models. The remaining rest had caseloads of 19 or less.

Serenity Engage Integrates with Amazon Alexa Senior Living

HIT Consultant

Bringing Simplicity to the Complex Senior Care Ecosystem. Senior care providers and assisted living communities have been scrambling to improve efficiencies in the current global caregiver shortage. “Senior care is undergoing a massive generational and digital transformation.

PBJ Submission Deadline Fast Approaching!

Briggs Healthcare

CMS has long identified staffing as one of the vital components of a nursing home’s ability to provide quality care. INDUSTRY NEWS Long-Term CareMary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare.

TimeDoc Health Secures $48.5M to Scale Virtual Care Management Platform

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – TimeDoc Health , a Chicago-based provider of virtual care management activation, today announced it has closed a $48.5M Part of our founding thesis is the belief that providers have too much to do and not enough time to do it.

Staffing Data Updates to Care Compare

Briggs Healthcare

Have you checked your facility’s Care Compare today? You’ll see today’s first staffing updates to Care Compare! I’m providing a snapshot of what Care Compare staffing information looks like today for 3 randomly selected Iowa facilities: Staffing.

Alternative Payment Models: Where are we now?

Healthcare ECONOMIST

Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network ( HCP LAN ) is dedicated to moving the health care system from volume-based, fee-for-service reimbursement, to alternative payment models (APM). of reimbursements. Rates of use of APM also varied across payer types.


Health Care Performance

guidance for long-term care surveyors. This guidance includes the following updates: Clarifications and technical corrections of Phase 2 guidance issued in 2017. The State Operations Manual uses the original Compliance and Ethics Programs rule that was issued as part of Phase 3 –.

The Paradoxical Legal Treatment of Preventive Medicine

Bill Of Health

Preventive medicine is a tool used by individual patients, primary care physicians, and governmental agencies to preempt illnesses rather than to treat them after they have arisen. Despite this salubrious aim, stigma, shame, and fear often are attached to the use of preventative care.

Staffing in Long-term Care Facilities: A Critical Issue for Worker Health and Resident Care Quality Nationwide

Briggs Healthcare

This seminar will focus on the current staffing crisis in our nation’s nursing homes and its impact on worker health and resident quality of care and quality of life. The seminar will also address a number of proposed policy and practice recommendations designed to significantly improve working conditions for nursing home staff in the areas of training, wages, career ladders, and workplace safety.

Agency-Level Hospice Quality Measure (QM) Reports Now Include Claims-Based Measures

Briggs Healthcare

QM Reports now include two measures based on Fiscal Year 2018 and 2019 Medicare claims data: the Hospice Care Index (HCI) and Hospice Visits in the Last Days of Life (HVLDL). Hospices can use the QM Report to learn about HCI and HVLDL and begin efforts to improve quality of care. Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Safety of Older Adults Residing in Nursing Homes

Briggs Healthcare

This serves as an update to the original primer, “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Safety of Older Adults Residing in Nursing Homes,” originally appearing in PSNet on April 21, 2020, and updated July 30, 2020. It puts into perspective that, while less than 1% of the U.S.

State of the Union Address – Nursing Home Vision

Briggs Healthcare

CMS emailed this statement approximately 1 hour ago (afternoon of Tuesday, March 1, 2022): “At tonight’s State of the Union address, the Biden-Harris administration is announcing a vision to improve quality of care and quality of life for nursing home residents. I encourage you/your team to review the information provided on the Fact Sheet and listen to this evening’s State of the Union address. INDUSTRY NEWS Long-Term Care

‘Bring It On’: Home Health Executives Embrace HHVBP Expansion

Home Health Care

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) first released its home health proposed payment rule for 2022, its nationwide expansion of the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model was recognized as a potential game-changer for the home health industry. When the U.S.

National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes: Antipsychotic Medication Use Data Reports (Q2 – 2021) Available

Briggs Healthcare

The National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes is committed to improving the quality of care for individuals with dementia living in nursing homes. CMS is tracking the progress of the National Partnership by reviewing publicly reported measures.

What HHVBP Means for Managed Care, SNF Utilization

Home Health Care

With the nationwide rollout of the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model inching closer, home health agencies are feeling confident about their ability to adapt. If we do well under HHVBP, that should help prove the value of home health care,” one executive recently told me.

CY 2022 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule

Briggs Healthcare

Late afternoon of November 2, 2021 (filed at 4:15pm ET), CMS announced “actions that will advance its strategic commitment to drive innovation to support health equity and high quality, person-centered care. Fact Sheet on Final Changes to the CY 2022 Quality Payment Program.

People Thinking More About the Value of Health Care, Beyond Cost

Health Populi

The rate of people in the U.S. skipping needed health care due to cost tripled in 2021. struggle to pay for their care. Furthermore, 93% of people in America feel that they pay too much for health care and don’t get the value commensurate with that cost.

New Oncology, Primary Care Models Could Offer Risk-Based Avenues for Home-Based Care Providers

Home Health Care

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are taking steps to improve oncology care and primary care this week. There’s bigger models on oncology and kidney care that I do see continuing,” she said.

CareMax Acquires Steward Health’s Medicare Value-Based Care Business for $25M

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – CareMax , a tech-enabled provider of value-based care to seniors announced an agreement to acquire the Medicare value-based care business of Steward Health Care System for a combination of cash and stock.

Toward a Broader Telehealth Licensing Scheme

Bill Of Health

Evidence generated during the first year the COVID-19 pandemic has called into question the need for many of the telehealth restrictions that were in effect prior to the pandemic. The national scope of practice reform would require states to allow non-physician providers (e.g.,

Regard Raises $15.3M for AI Co-Pilot to Diagnose Medical Conditions

HIT Consultant

A complete patient picture, in a matter of moments. Today, nearly 50% of physicians reporting being burnt out this year. The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated this issue, with 20% of the clinical workforce leaving the field from 2020 to 2021.

Care Access Acquires IBPClin to Expand Decentralized Clinical Trial Capabilities to Latin America

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – Today, Care Access announced the acquisition of IBPClin , a leading clinical trial center in Rio de Janeiro. As a result, Care Access will bring its innovative approach to decentralized clinical research to Latin America.

[In The News] The Power of Well Screen’s Automated Entrance Management System Goes Mobile for Online Screenings and Check-ins

Readiness Rounds

The Power of Well Screen’s Automated Entrance Management System Goes Mobile for Online Screenings and Check-ins. When healthcare facilities protect people entering their buildings, they also improve their quality of care and patient experience.

Telehealth, virtual care well-suited for use in behavioral health

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Virtual care can help fill the gaps in behavioral healthcare, including the critical supply-and-demand issue – too many patients, not enough clinicians – that has been hampering care for quite some time.

Which health systems are providing low value care?

Healthcare ECONOMIST

The define low value care as one of 41 specific services. Which types of low value care are most commonly used? The most common low-value services were preoperative laboratory testing (mean [SD] rate, 28% [4%] of eligible beneficiaries), prostate-specific antigen testing in men older than 70 years (mean [SD] rate, 27% [8%]), and use of antipsychotic medications in patients with dementia (mean [SD] rate, 24% [8%]). Quality Low-value services

Geisinger Selects AWS as Strategic Cloud Provider to Migrate Over 400 Apps to AWS

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – Geisinger has chosen Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its strategic cloud provider and will transition its entire digital portfolio of more than 400 applications and numerous workflows to AWS.

How Data Enables Payers to Improve Member Access and Experience

Lexis Nexis

Consumer experience and access to care are set to become major focal points for payers. The federal government is preparing to implement more rigorous benchmarks for health plan quality ratings based increasingly on how members perceive their interactions with the healthcare system.

CMS Issues Significant Updates to Improve the Safety and Quality Care for Long-Term Care Residents and Calls for Reducing Room Crowding

Briggs Healthcare

In case you missed yesterday’s breaking news , CMS also posted this Press Release which is the title of this blog. I’ve excerpted key elements of that below. To begin helping address the staffing issue while the rulemaking process is underway, CMS added new requirements for surveyors to incorporate the use of Payroll Based Journal staffing data for their inspections. This guidance will help to uncover instances of insufficient staffing and yield higher quality care.

Truth and Reconciliation in Health Care: Addressing Medical Racism using a Health Justice Framework

Bill Of Health

Healing processes, such as the truth and reconciliation process , can operationalize the three components of the health justice framework — community empowerment, structural remediation, and financial and structural supports — to address the trauma of medical racism. By Amber Johnson.