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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A recent study out of Harvard suggests that hospitals in low-income areas are more likely to be penalized under Medicare's value-based reimbursement programs. But one California health district is beating the odds with innovative programs and an integrated mindset.  Read More...
3/22/2017 12:39:44 PM | 5 comments

innovative healthcareAcross the industry, healthcare is evolving at an unprecedented pace — from caring for an aging population with multiple comorbidities to a shifting focus on wellness and prevention. Now is the time for innovation and transformation in order to keep pace with the tidal wave of change. Here's how CEP is responding to the challenge. Read More...
3/8/2017 5:16:31 PM | 2 comments

EMTALA, the federal Emergency Treatment and Active Labor Act, requires that anyone presenting to an ED for care be treated and stabilized — regardless of ability to pay. And that could mean soaring costs for hospitals if the ACA is dismantled without an adequate replacement. Read More...
2/8/2017 11:58:04 AM | 1 comments

The campaign rhetoric around healthcare reform was heated and filled with sweeping promises. But when it comes to repealing the Affordable Care Act, Congress may find there's no easy way forward.  Read More...
1/25/2017 1:30:07 PM | 1 comments

Four years into healthcare reform, change fatigue is pretty common among healthcare providers. We're overwhelmed with metrics and mandates. We're held responsible for patient outcomes we sometimes feel helpless to control.

On top of it all, we're expected to provide excellent customer service. The patient experience piece often draws resistance from change-weary providers. After all, they're providing excellent clinical care. Isn't that enough?

As a practicing emergency physician, I definitely have empathy for this viewpoint. But recently, a colleague told me a story that really drives home the link between patient experience and outcomes.

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1/2/2017 6:30:59 PM | 5 comments
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