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4 Things You Need for a Successful Dialysis Care Team Huddle

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Dec 27, 2017

If you’ve ever played a game of telephone, you know how easy it is for a single message to be misinterpreted. The difference between miscommunication in a children’s game versus your dialysis clinic is the potential for patient harm. In fact, failures of communication are the reason for 70% of 2455 sentinel events, with 75% of those events resulting in patient death.

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Topics: Hospital Administration

Common Causes of Medical Malpractice Suits Against Surgical Residents

Posted by Anna Mueller, MS on Nov 13, 2017

Patients file medical malpractice lawsuits against physicians for several reasons: failure to diagnose a condition, injury during treatment, failure to treat a condition, poor documentation and medical errors.

A recent study published in JAMA Surgery found surgical and junior residents are particularly vulnerable to these lawsuit filings. During a 10-year period, 87 malpractice cases involving surgical trainees were identified by Westlaw, an online legal research database containing legal records from across the United States

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Topics: Hospital Administration

Ways Dialysis Providers Can Defuse Patient Conflict

Posted by Deborah Brouwer-Maier RN, CNN on Nov 8, 2017

As a dialysis provider, you know that healthcare settings and patient conflict go hand in hand. But unresolved patient conflict creates more stress for your staff, decreases productivity and teamwork and harms your clinic’s ability to safely deliver top-quality dialysis care.

Despite these consequences, providers often shy away from confronting challenges with patients because conflict is almost always uncomfortable. Experts call this avoidance a lack of “conflict competence,” and cite it as a major reason for dysfunctional dialysis units.   

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Topics: Hospital Administration, Hemodialysis

What Keeps Hospital Execs Up at Night: 5 Things to Know

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Jul 19, 2017

Hospital executives may be having trouble sleeping lately due to the ever-changing complexities of our healthcare system. Despite this, administrators can still implement systems that help their facility’s cost-effectiveness and provide optimal patient care. What keeps hospital execs up at night? Here are five concerns.

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Topics: Hospital Administration

Hospital Administrators and the Changing ACA

Posted by Thomas Gole, DO, FAAFP on Mar 8, 2017

The possibility of repealing the ACA has hospital administrators and other healthcare professionals closely following the news—and with good reason.

Hospital lobbying groups have warned that the promise to repeal the ACA without an adequate replacement could lead to service cuts, layoffs and hospital closures.

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Topics: Hospital Administration

Tips Hospital Leaders Can Use to Prepare for Disaster

Posted by Thomas Gole, DO, FAAFP on Jan 9, 2017

Turn on the TV or open your internet browser and you’ll likely be confronted with a story or two about a local or national disaster. And while your hospital has likely prepared for disaster, it’s difficult to gauge how your staff will respond until it faces an adverse event.

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Topics: Hospital Administration

What to Know About CMS' Hospital Payments Final Rule

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Jan 3, 2017

Since October, growth in rural physician practices owned by hospitals has increased by 102 percent, and the number of urban physician practices owned by hospitals increased by 77 percent.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) wants to slow the trend of hospitals purchasing physician practices and highlight the broader health care reform changes that were adopted by President Obama and Congress.

In early November, CMS released its finalized updated payment rates and policy changes for the 2017 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System.

Here is what hospital leaders should know about CMS’s hospital payments final rule:

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Topics: Hospital Administration

Documentary ‘Who Shall Live’ Sets Healthcare Reform in Motion

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Nov 14, 2016

A 1965 NBC documentary, "Who Shall Live?", narrated by Edwin Newman, created a stir. The documentary portrayed the highly controversial decision-making process that occurred during the early days of dialysis when only a few patients could be treated, and even then at great cost. The documentary showed faceless black silhouettes of the anonymous committee of community members against a stark white background as they deliberated over cases and selected which patients would receive dialysis treatment. Their decision meant life or death for the end-stage renal disease patients they were reviewing. The committee's authority was final and irrevocable. Ultimately, the serious ethical dilemma of a committee's choosing who would and wouldn't receive medical treatment to extend their lives set in motion a transformation of the healthcare system in this country.

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Topics: Hospital Administration

Executives Speak Out About Preparing for Value-Based Care

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Oct 24, 2016

Providers are anxiously awaiting the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) final rule that will be handed down this fall. Starting in January, data on the quality and efficacy of a physician’s care will be collected.

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Topics: Hospital Administration

3 Interesting Facts About How Patients Review Doctors

Posted by Anna Mueller, MS on Oct 19, 2016

Thanks to rising deductibles and premiums, potential patients are starting to take a more active role in choosing their healthcare providers. And like any other major purchase, research is finding that most consumers are turning to reviews to help them pick the right doctor or hospital.

Here are some interesting facts about how patients review doctors.

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Topics: Hospital Administration

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