• Healthcare Headlines: April 2019

    By Kindred Healthcare

    HCH Monthly

    Sepsis Treatment Costs Shoot Up $1.5 Billion For Hospitals Over 3 Years

    New report by Premier found the cost of treating patients who develop sepsis in the hospital rose by 20% in just 3 years. Most interesting, the number of patients who developed sepsis declined by 15%, but spending increased significantly as those patients were more likely to get septic shock, which is more severe and therefore more costly to treat. Read more

    Doctors Need To Do Better At Talking To Families About Critically Ill Patients

    Recent study monitored 244 conferences between clinicians and families of patients in intensive care units who have at least a 50% chance of dying in the hospital. The findings concluded that these conversations could be improved through more recognition of the patients’ values and preferences. Read more

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  • Healthcare Headlines: March 2019

    By Kindred Healthcare

    HCH Monthly

    Physicians Generate $2.4M Annually for Their Hospitals, Study Finds

    Recent survey shows that physicians generate an average of $2,378,727 per year in net revenue for their affiliated hospitals. Read more

    Study: Physician Burnout, Work-Life Integration Improving

    Latest report indicates physician burnout and satisfaction with work-life integration improved between 2014 and 2017, but not all aspects studied saw gains each year. Read more

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  • Tips on How to Recognize Your Patient Needs Post-Acute Care in a Specialty Hospital

    By Sean Muldoon, Chief Medical Officer, Kindred Healthcare
    Post-Intensive Care Syndrome patients require specialized, extended care plans. Learn about these types of patients and when to reach out to a post-acute care representative for an early assessment to help prevent rehospitalizations. Read Full Post
  • Healthcare Headlines: February 2019

    By Kindred Healthcare

    HCH Monthly

    Community Hospitals Link Arms With Prestigious Facilities To Raise Their Profiles

    Many flagship hospitals have signed affiliation agreements with smaller hospitals around the country. The larger hospitals benefit from increased reach while the community hospitals get the brand-name affiliation and access to experts and specialized services. Read more

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  • Studies show that keeping hospital patients in bed or in a chair can increase the likelihood of muscle atrophy, blood clots and bed sores. Such research and recent federal initiatives highlight the benefits that early mobility can have on a patient’s recovery. Read Full Post
  • Healthcare Headlines: January 2019

    By Kindred Healthcare

    HCH Monthly

    ACO Roundup: CMS Finalizes Rule To Make ACOs Take On More Risk

    Catch up on the latest news regarding ACOs you may have missed over the holidays, including CMS’ announcement it would force Medicare-accountable care organizations to assume downside risk sooner. Read more

    How A Computer Model Can Help Control MRSA Outbreaks In Hospitals

    According to a study in eLife, a computer-based model could help hospitals control outbreaks of MRSA and identify those patients who have a higher risk of being infected. Read more

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  • 5 Healthcare Trends in 2019: Your Cheat Sheet

    By Kindred Healthcare

    In 2019, significant changes taking place in healthcare will help trigger major shifts in our nation’s healthcare system, including new services available to the aging population.

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  • In today’s healthcare environment, there is an increasing focus on what happens to your patients before and after they come through your system. Know how you can make an impact by creating partnerships between acute and post-acute providers to avoid financial penalties and adverse patient outcomes for high acuity patients. Read Full Post
  • Healthcare Headlines: December 2018

    By Kindred Healthcare

    HCH Monthly

    Do Concerns About Costs Impact ICU Care?

    Findings in a new study suggest that financial considerations can shape care of ICU patients. Increased prevalence of cost discussions were found in patient notes the longer the hospital stay of a patient in the ICU and when there was a change in treatment or discharge plans. Read more

    93% of participants earned a MIPS bonus payment this year. (But it could be harder next year)

    CMS Administrator Seema Verma recently announced that 93% of clinicians eligible to participate in MACRA's Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) received a bonus payment for the 2017 performance year. Read more

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  • Healthcare Headlines: October 2018

    By Kindred Healthcare

    HCH Monthly

    Virtual Doctor Visits Are Getting More Popular, But Questions Remain About Who Pays

    Provisions within the federal budget law Congress passed this year expands the use of telemedicine, which could go mainstream within 5 to 10 years. Read more

    Study: More Practices Employing Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants 

    According to a study reported in JAMA Internal Medicine, more practices are employing nurse practitioners or physician assistants. Read more

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