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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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

Collaboration between physicians and nurses sets a positive tone for the patient's care experience that can help boost satisfaction scores. Here's how the medical director and nurse managers at Pomerado Hospital in San Diego collaborated to improve the frequency and quality of RN-MD communication. Read More...
7/28/2015 2:18:30 PM | 2 comments

There's more to clinical integration than staffing multiple service lines with one physician group. Here's how one health system made integration much more than a buzz word. Read More...
7/7/2015 4:47:00 PM | 4 comments

Emergency and hospital medicine have traditionally operated in separate silos, with each group setting its own processes and priorities. But bringing these services under the same management can have a wealth of benefits, as our Midwestern hospital has discovered. Read More...
6/16/2015 12:01:31 PM | 3 comments

As a long-time hospitalist, I have a vision that one day, our specialty will be the "brains" of the hospital, the preeminent driver of acute care quality. As practitioners of internal medicine, hospitalists have a holistic understanding of the human body. And as hospital-based practitioners, we know the processes, pathways and relationships that keep acute care moving forward.
 
But as a new specialty, we have a lot to prove. If we don't add value and deliver great care, we're going to be looked upon as interns, not internists. The onus is on us to step up and earn the respect of colleagues and administrators. Read More...
2/19/2015 6:13:39 AM | 1 comments
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