Tag: observation-care

Level-of-Care Process Management: Getting it Right the First Time

September 12th, 2013
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New regulations stemming from the Affordable Care Act and the associated push toward determining the appropriate level-of-care for patients have changed the way in which hospitals utilize resources to make this determination. Managing this process involves getting the determination of level of care early in the decision making process and performing frequent evaluations to determine […]

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Posted in Hospital Partnership

Maryland’s CRISP: Bringing Health IT into the 21st Century

September 4th, 2013
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Maryland physicians striving to provide excellent care for their patients should know that data management tools don’t end at the (fire)walls of their hospital or healthcare practice. The Chesapeake Regional Information System for Patients (CRISP) is designed to impact everyone practicing medicine in the state of Maryland. For everyone from psychiatric counselors to cardiothoracic surgeons, […]

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Posted in Quality Efficiency Utilization

Hospital Capacity Management and the Enlightened Hospital Leader

June 11th, 2013
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Nearly every hospital leader in America will tell you their hospital is all about patient-centered care. Of course, we know this isn’t true in many cases, especially when it comes to hospital capacity management. Though many institutions will deny to its last dying breath that they have any priorities that supercede patient care, nearly all […]

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Announcing the Inaugural 2013 Observation Medicine Conference

May 30th, 2013
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The use of observation medicine to reduce costs and improve patient outcomes is growing every day. But running a financially sound and high quality observation unit is a difficult task. There is a lack of knowledge and systems to properly integrate observation care into the smooth flow and operations of the hospital, not to mention […]

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Posted in Observation Care

What is observation care? Clearing up common misperceptions

February 7th, 2013
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To treat observation care as simply a loophole that allows hospitals to avoid the Medicare penalties from readmissions — as Brad Wright, an assistant professor of health management and policy at the University of Iowa did earlier this month on KevinMD.com — is to take a short-sighted approach to a complex health issue. Observation care in […]

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Don’t Give Up on Information Technology in Healthcare

January 25th, 2013
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Right now, the technology exists to completely transform healthcare. A doctor should be able to walk into the room where a patient is waiting for them and get everything they need to make an informed decision about that patient’s care. Location-based technology should sense the doctor approaching and already know which patient is waiting for […]

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Posted in Future of Healthcare

Observation Medicine Belongs to Emergency Medicine

November 14th, 2012
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I started my first observation unit over 15 years ago, and even now, as then, it is not exactly settled opinion that observation should be a part of emergency medicine. But it should be. That is one of this company’s central insights about observation medicine, and a big part of what interested me in joining as […]

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Posted in Observation Care

Healthcare Pressures Will Remain No Matter Who Wins Tomorrow – And Go Vote!

November 5th, 2012
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There are some who will tell you that the fate of America’s entire healthcare system hangs in the balance based on the outcome of tomorrow’s presidential election. To be sure, there are big differences between President Obama and Governor Romney. But the truth is that the pressures facing America’s healthcare system today are the same pressures […]

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Posted in Future of Healthcare

Observation Medicine Coming to Shady Grove Adventist

September 11th, 2012
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This Fall, we will help our partner Shady Grove Adventist Hospital launch an Observation Medicine Unit aimed at reducing one day admissions and re-admissions. Over $15 billion a year is spent each year on these types of hospital admissions. A majority of this money is spent on Medicare patients, and according to a Medicare Payment Advisory Commission […]

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Patients to the Healthcare System: “Change is for the Other Guy, Not Me”

August 31st, 2012
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I wrote a while back about the need for a social contract in healthcare. The essence of that contract is that I have a right to receive timely, quality and appropriate care. In return for that care, I need to take responsibility for my health and lifestyle as well as appropriately use healthcare resources. I […]

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Posted in Future of Healthcare