Learn proven tips and strategies to enhance patient teaching at your facility.
Hospitals can use "big data" to predict future healthcare trends.
Today’s healthcare environment puts nurses in the increasingly important role of teaching their patients prior to discharge. Their effectiveness as teachers can significantly impact the facility’s readmission rates, patient satisfaction rates and federal financial penalty amounts.
Learn about two Affordable Care Act measures that involve nurses in primary care.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA), which aims to optimize health care system performance and reduce costs, set forth new incentives and penalties for health care facilities. One of those penalties, fines for excess hospital readmissions of Medicare patients, is proving expensive for facilities that do not take swift action to get more involved in patients’ follow-up care after they are discharged from the hospital. Federal estimates put the total cost to hospitals this year at $227 million. Here are some top factors to consider when developing a strategy to reduce hospital readmission rates.