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Cooperative Network Improves Patient Transitions Between Hospitals and Skilled Nursing Facilities, Reducing Readmissions and Length of Hospital Stays 7/30/2014
Summa Health System's Care Coordination Network strives to ensure smooth transitions between the hospitals and 40 local skilled nursing facilities, leading to fewer readmissions and lower length of stay in the hospital.
Emergency Department-Based Phlebotomists Expedite Blood Sample Collection and Turnaround Time, Reduce Specimen Contamination and Cost, and Increase Patient Satisfaction 7/30/2014
During peak census hours, phlebotomists are assigned to work in the emergency department to quickly collect blood specimens and label them for priority processing and analysis by laboratory staff, leading to faster turnaround times, lower rates of blood culture contamination, more than $400,000 in annual cost savings, and higher levels of patient satisfaction.
Hospital Integrates Census Management for Disaster Planning Into Operations, Leading to Better Capacity Management and Increased Throughput 7/30/2014
Inpatient capacity management strategies initially developed to accommodate the potential influx of patients during a natural or manmade disaster were adopted for everyday use by a capacity-constrained hospital, leading to earlier-in-the-day discharges, steady length of stay despite rising patient acuity, and a multimillion dollar financial return due to increased throughput, with no negative impact on quality or patient satisfaction.
Policy Hospital Gain-Sharing Program Offers Incentives to Physicians Based on Their Efficiency, Producing Significant Cost Savings Without Decline in Quality 7/16/2014
A group of 12 New Jersey hospitals offered upside incentives to individual physicians based on their performance on various efficiency metrics, leading to significant cost savings without negatively affecting quality of care.
Archived Day Hospital Reduces Inpatient Length of Stay and Emergency Department Visits for Patients With Sickle Cell Anemia 7/2/2014
A Sickle Cell Day Hospital provides an alternative to inpatient care for patients with sickle cell anemia, with the goal of managing their pain and keeping them out of the hospital, resulting in lower inpatient lengths of stay and emergency department utilization.
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Hospital Overcrowding 6/19/2013
The Hospital Overcrowding Web site includes resources on overcrowding, including the "full capacity protocol," which guides the movement of patients when the hospital is full, addressing high hospital census in a distributive and safe fashion.
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Last updated: July 30, 2014.