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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Surgical services integration, CEP AmericaIntergrating surgical services with specialties across the hospital helps to satisfy patients and surgeons while capturing new revenue. Here's why anesthesiologists are natural partners who can help to lead this transformation. Read More...
10/16/2017 3:09:40 PM | 0 comments

When it comes to improving ED operations, the stakes are high. But that doesn't mean the process can't be fun — even at a busy, high-acuity facility. In today's post, we'll look at how the team at St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis boosted turnaround using an unconventional strategy: poker. Read More...
9/6/2017 12:36:38 PM | 7 comments

Done right, holding orders can help to relieve ED crowding and provide a more pleasant environment for patients. In today's post, I'll examine the pros and cons of this approach and share some best practices from our CEP America EDs.
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8/9/2017 11:25:16 AM | 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 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

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 | 6 comments
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