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 CEP America is using provider education to ensure that every patient has a voice in these important matters. Read More...
6/14/2017 1:07:53 PM | 6 comments

CEP America radiation reductionBetween 1995 and 2005, CT utilization in children more than doubled in the United States. Fortunately, excellent guidelines exist to support clinical decision-making and limit unnecesary exposure to ionizing radiation. Here's how one hospital is putting that evidence into practice. Read More...
6/12/2017 12:20:09 PM | 1 comments

cep america emergency roomThe road to becoming a 911 receiving center can be challenging, as the ED team at St. Vincent Medical Center learned. Here's how they prepared to receive more — and more acute — patients. Read More...
5/31/2017 6:54:06 AM | 3 comments

icu intensivist coverageIntensive care units (ICUs) are one of the most important and expensive components of our healthcare system, because they care for a hospital’s sickest patients. Here's how full-time intensivist staffing can improve care and lower costs. Read More...
5/22/2017 12:30:14 PM | 4 comments

As healthcare organizations work toward greater integration, one key player has rarely been mentioned. I really believe that by leaving EMS out of the conversation, we're missing a golden opportunity to further the goals of healthcare reform. Lately, I've been pleased to see growing interest in the concept of community paramedicine.

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3/28/2017 7:42:17 PM | 5 comments
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