Using Digital Dashboards to Reduce Wait Times

Known in the industry as e-consultations, the telemedicine platforms help connect PCPs with specialists to help improve care management and care coordination for patients. The services are being touted as a cost-­effective way to expand access to care and improve outcomes, as well.

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Freestanding Emergency Departments Can Increase Patient Spending

The recent study, which was published in the journal Academic Emergency Medicine, examined freestanding emergency department data collected in Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, and Texas from January 2013 to December 2017. The researchers focused on total spending on emergency care, out‐of‐pocket spending, utilization, and price per visit.

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CMS Contest Gets Real About Artificial Intelligence

Six hospitals and health systems are among the 25 participants who were selected from a field of more than 300 submissions. The ultimate goal is to harness AI solutions to predict health outcomes for healthcare providers and clinicians, as well as potential use in CMS Innovation Center innovative payment and service delivery models.

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Knock Pressure Injury Rates Down to Zero

In 2018, the team set out to achieve zero Stage 3 and Stage 4 pressure injuries developed by patients after a hospital admission. Through education, risk assessment, and other prevention protocols, the goal was met in quarter three of 2018. In recognition of its work, the team received the 3M Award for Excellence in Skin Safety in June 2019.

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Share Your Innovative Quality Improvement Ideas

Any professional who is currently involved in patient safety or quality improvement is welcome to submit a case study application. The 2020 PSQH Contest Committee, in conjunction with the PSQH administrative team, will select one case study to highlight in an upcoming issue of PSQH.

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