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Personal Contact Reduces Readmission Rates

New research suggests that adding a personal touch to the doctor-patient relationship after discharge from the hospital may help to lower readmission rates of patients. This information comes courtesy of a trial program put together by three non-profit hospitals...

End of Life Care Improvements

End of Life Care Improvements According to a new report, Medicare patients are experiencing improvements in the end of life care that they receive. Specifically, beneficiaries who were chronically ill and in their last six months of life spent fewer days in the...

EMR and Mental Health

A recent study released in The International Journal of Medical Informatics suggests that the inclusion of a psychiatric patient’s psychiatric records within their electronic medical record can result in a decreased likelihood of their re-admittance to a hospital...

EMR Software and Malpractice

For any physician, the potential of having to address a malpractice claim represents a major area of concern. It is thus in the best interest of medical professionals everywhere to mitigate this risk wherever and whenever possible. Reduce Medical Malpractice A recent...

Anesthesia Documentation Lagging

A survey taken by the Academic Health Sciences Centre of Canada and published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine found wide-ranging inconsistencies between recorded anesthetic data. To conduct the survey, the research team provided questionnaires to four...

Oregon Reduces Number of Frequent ER Patients

America faces a physician shortage that is only set to intensify when the Affordable Care Act takes full effect in January of 2014. A number of ongoing efforts are being made to streamline the care process for patients without compromising their level of care. In July...

New Action Set Reduces Hospital Readmissions

A new set of protocols has been found to be effective in reducing the number of patient readmissions following their initial discharge. The Re-engineered Discharge Toolkit Researchers at the Boston University Medical Center have established the Re-engineered Discharge...

Hospital Readmission Rates are Down

Hospital Readmission Rates are Down New data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services shows that there has been improvement in hospital readmission rates over the last several years. While hospital readmission rates have been steady over the last five years,...

Medicare Spending Doesn’t Lead to Increase

Increased Medicare Spending on Advanced Cancer Care Doesn’t Lead to Increase in Survival Rates A new study has called into question the notion that increased spending on cancer care results in greater patient survival rates. The study looked at hospitals in 80...