One of the biggest care gaps occurs when the patient leaves the hospital. The care team can send along instructions for care management, send texts or emails or make phone calls, even schedule follow-up care, but there’s no guarantee those directions will be followed.
A recent research article found patients with complex medical and social needs that were engaged in the Camden Coalition’s care management model had significantly lower hospital readmissions than similar patients who were not engaged in the care management model.
Private duty and home health administrators must tackle many industry challenges as leaders, such as worker shortages and reimbursement issues. Another of those challenges is workplace safety and how to keep in-home care workers safe from abuse and bodily harm when taking care of clients.
Health system officials have announced that Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Salem Hospital, and Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital will join the Home Hospital program, which was launched by both Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 2016 and consolidated in 2020 when the two hospitals merged.
Health equity has become a top priority for healthcare providers nationwide. Last year, health equity was added as the Quintuple Aim for healthcare providers. In 2008, the Triple Aim for healthcare improvement was introduced, featuring improvement of population health, enhancement of the care experience, and reduction of costs. In 2014, the Quadruple Aim for healthcare improvement was created with the addition of workforce well-being as a fourth element to address healthcare worker burnout.
Rural hospitals are closing their labor and delivery (L&D) units at alarming rates, forcing more expectant parents to give birth in an ill-prepared emergency room or other location, like the back of an ambulance. At New Hampshire’s Dartmouth Health, officials are combining virtual learning and a hub-and-spoke telemedicine platform to address difficult and emergency births.
On episode 88 of PSQH: The Podcast, Nassim Bickham, VP of Care Transformation at TimelyCare, talks about the need for safe care environments for transgender and gender-nonconforming patients.
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Serenity Lounges—break rooms equipped with massage chairs, aromatherapy oils, artwork, and other soothing amenities to provide a respite from nurses’ demanding work—are proving to be effective in nurse well-being, staff engagement, and retention rates.
Novant’s nurse emeritus program began to take shape during COVID-19 as Novant nurse executives were configuring care teams to have enough critical thinking skills and knowledge. The program officially debuted in January 2022 and has about 15 participants.
With its capability to recognize patterns in data that may be challenging or even impossible for humans to discern, AI shows remarkable promise in identifying patients who are likely to engage in care management effectively.