A Choice of Community Care, in Your Own Home
New York Times
For 51 years, Catherine Mack has lived in a four-bedroom house in Haddon Township, N.J. Even at age 96, she has no intention of leaving.
Joining other older adults at a nearby retirement community doesn’t appeal to her, although the facility is attractive and has a great reputation. Read more.
Transitional Care Improves Patient Outcomes
Adding to the growing body of evidence of the benefits of transitional care, a review of medical literature in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that some hospital-led interventions can improve outcomes for adult stroke and myocardial infarction patients. Read more.
Communication key to improving care transitions
Healthcare Finance News
A recently released health policy brief examining the efforts in the U.S. healthcare system to improve care transitions concludes that simple solutions would go a long way to improving patient care and saving costs.
Worried about Medicare readmission penalties? Try Home Monitoring
Mobile Health News
Perhaps you’ve seen last month’s report from Kaiser Health News that more than 2,200 hospitals—almost two-thirds of all U.S. acute care facilities—face Medicare payment deductions starting Oct. 1 because too many patients with three common but treatable conditions were readmitted within 30 days of initial discharge. That’s going to cost those hospitals a total of $280 million during federal fiscal year 2013. Read more.
Top 5 fields for job growth heavy on healthcare, service
Springfield Sun News
Federal and state employment projections show that the most promising professions for jobs are in the service, retail and health care industries. Read more.
Health IT Solutions to Reduce Readmissions
In an effort to curb readmissions, hospitals should invest in health technology, including medical records, information sharing and telemonitoring, Jonathan H. Burroughs, president and CEO of The Burroughs Healthcare Consulting Network, wrote in Hospital Impact. Of the 5 million hospital readmissions in the United States, more than two-thirds are preventable, amounting to an annual cost of $25 billion, Burroughs wrote last week.Read more.