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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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

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

Urgent care clinics face a unique set of challenges when it comes to fostering loyalty and patient satisfaction. Here's how one clinic is using technology to gain valuable feedback and improve service recovery.
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3/20/2017 1:28:15 PM | 2 comments

mindfulness in medicineIt's tough to comfort, diagnose, and heal others when you're exhausted, disconnected, and losing faith in yourself. But research suggests that one in three physicians feels burned out at any given time. The good news is that mindfulness practices like meditation can help exhausted providers regain a sense of balance, control, and purpose. In today's post, I'll discuss some of the research around mindfulness in medicine, plus some easy ways to get started.
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3/15/2017 4:04:00 PM | 2 comments

When contracting a physician group to manage one of your hospital service lines, it's now common practice to tie a percentage of payments to performance. Doing so can benefit all parties and improve care for patients. But how should you proceed if your existing performance data is shaky — or even nonexistent?  Read More...
3/13/2017 12:49:04 PM | 3 comments
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