Perspectives on the Acute Care Continuum

The Acute Care Continuum is the integration of urgent, emergent, inpatient and post-discharge care of patients with acute medical conditions.

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Provider turnover is costly not only in terms of dollars but also impacts throughput, clinical quality and patient satisfaction. But to what degree can turnover be prevented? To find the answers, we turned to the best source available: our own providers. Read More...
8/27/2015 12:54:25 PM | 4 comments

Surveys suggest that the majority of Americans would prefer not to receive life-prolonging care if they were suffering due to an incurable condition. Yet CMS estimates that only about 55 percent of older inpatients have a "goals of care" conversation documented in their charts. Here's how our organization is using provider education to ensure that every patient has a voice in these important matters. Read More...
8/25/2015 1:18:52 PM | 4 comments

I have always considered the type of triage/rationing practiced in the Canadian health system to be in some ways just as bad as the type of rationing based on ability to pay that we see in the U.S. On the other hand, waiting for care doesn't always lead to poorer outcomes — and may even be advisable in some cases. Read More...
8/20/2015 12:09:55 PM | 4 comments

Transitioning patients efficiently from the emergency department (ED) to the inpatient setting is a challenge for many hospitals. Here's how the Sutter Roseville Medical Center ED and hospitalists used collaboration and lean methodology to tackle the problem.  Read More...
8/18/2015 10:19:10 AM | 2 comments

Women now represent 30 percent of practicing physicians and almost 50 percent of medical school students. Yet relatively few have gone on to become leaders in the field, and they remain underrepresented in many specialties. Here's what healthcare organizations can do to remove barriers and help women contribute to their full potential. Read More...
8/13/2015 11:36:32 AM | 6 comments
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