Without testing a bundled payment model across acute care hospitals, it is difficult to gain insight into the design of effective payment programs.
Differences between participants and nonparticipants and the high rate of dropout suggest that voluntary alternative payment models may not improve quality and reduce costs in health care.
Hospitals with early adoption of financial incentives did not have better process scores or lower mortality compared with late adopters.
Results showed that patients treated by hospitalists during their first year of practice had higher mortality compared with patients treated by more experienced hospitalists.
Telephone call follow-up did not improve the care transitions of older adults from the emergency department.
Reform is necessary to balance the health needs of hospital-dependent patients with those of the larger hospital community.
Discrepancies between the electronic discharge summaries and the discharge prescription were frequent among older patients discharged from the hospital.
Patients cared for in the hospital by their own primary care physician have longer length of stay and are more likely to be discharged home than those cared for by hospitalists or other generalists.
Prescription opioid-related inpatient and emergency department discharges have decreased since 2010, while heroin-related discharges have increased sharply since 2008.
A series of mystery patient drills was used to assess the emergency department response to patients with communicable disease of public health concern.
Hospital quality contributes to readmission rates independent of factors involving patients, and the observed readmission rate was higher for patients admitted to worse-performing hospitals.
Both hospital volume and adherence to quality metrics are associated with survival rates for patients with ovarian cancer.
An educational intervention did not lead to a significant increase in hand hygiene, while stethoscope hygiene remained at near zero.
High-dose influenza vaccination can reduce risk of respiratory-related hospitalization among nursing home residents.
Reductions in hospital readmissions as a part of ACA did not lead to higher mortality rates, and may even have lowered death rates.
Hospitalists must use opioids judiciously, including adhering to specific dose limits, setting expectations, and initiating evidence-based treatment.
About half of respondents were unfamiliar with cross-reactivity rates for penicillin and other antibiotics.
Researchers assessed 30-day survival for older patients.
Older patients' hospital survival is slightly higher when their physician is younger, researchers say.
Consumer Reports finds rates for low-risk births vary from 7 to 64.6% across the United States.
Academic medical centers that perform more tumor surgeries have better patient outcomes.
Patients admitted during survey weeks, versus non-survey weeks, have significantly lower mortality,
There was a reduction in readmissions in 4 of 6 hospitals, with positive effects for a limited number of conditions.
The answer to the question regarding legal responsibility seems to revolve around the issue of whether or not a physician-patient relationship exists.
Prices were double the average costs for the implants, but only one insurer was included in the research.
Drug-resistant bacteria can colonize in drains, spread to sinks and eventually reach patients.
However, patients with the condition are also more likely to survive, researchers say.
Admissions for heart attack, chest pain and stroke rose 23% higher 2 days after a major snowfall.
These tools mitigate the effects of disproportionate time allocation per patient and communication breakdowns.
Admissions due to heroin and prescription opioids rose 64% over a decade.
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