healthcare system. I found these trends very important, because they help the health care managers align the organization with the changing external environment. The first trend is eMedicine which enables patients to be more involved in their own care. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is continuously approving more medical softwares and physicians are becoming more interested to get advantage of this technology. Therefore, it is important for health care organizations to be prepared to adopt eMedicine.
I was shocked when the Cleveland Clinic Foundation announced that they were no longer accepting Caresource insurance which is part of the Medicaid program. I knew that this was going to affect a lot of people who count on Cleveland Clinic Foundation for their care. Also, our advancements in technology have been astonishing but still present as a concern because of the cost to purchase, operate, and maintain the equipment is a huge investment in which sometimes the federal government provides financial coverage. In summary, these predicted increases in health care costs must be looked at in terms of prevention and/or cure and effective planning for the the future must start
Working in a renal/urology medical-surgical unit, it is a challenge for both the nursing staff and nursing administration to have readmissions due to fluid and electrolyte imbalance from patients with ESRD and CHF. In my own experience, patients who have been in and out of the hospital for the past six months to a year are at a higher risk of acquiring nosocomial infections resulting in a weaker immune system to an already compromised one, as well as longer hospital stay. Readmissions from these patients pose as a physical, emotional and financial strain to both patients and/or their families. Additionally, readmissions within 30 days for patients with CHF poses as an additional cost for hospitals as there is reduced Medicare payments for Inpatient
Heart failure is a health condition affecting millions of people worldwide. Heart failure readmissions for healthcare agencies continues to be an area of concern due to the cost associated with each readmission. Readmissions to the hospital for heart failure is tied to reimbursement and financial penalties. Developing a plan to combat readmission is a difficult task.
Overview of rehabilitation process Knowing the quality of the rehabilitation activities of the patient helps doctors to detect and prevent readmission risk before they occur. With the emerging trend of Quantified Self, patients are now able to track their rehabilitation activities as well as fitness activities and habits including sleeping, daily routine etc. with consumer grade technology. This data can be used to calculate health risk and provide alerts to medical experts and the patient. In this way, patients receive more targeted monitoring and management post discharge and thereby enjoy a higher quality of care, better outcomes and higher satisfaction.
There are many patient safety concerns in today’s healthcare system. One that is not on the forefront, but is still a prevalent and concerning issue, is lack of infection control in outpatient or ambulatory settings. Since there has been a large transition of care from the hospital setting to an ambulatory setting, there is a necessity to improve infection control secondary to patient notifications and outbreaks within the past years1. Ambulatory settings include all outpatient clinics. An example is an ambulatory surgical center ASC), which increased in numbers by 50% from 2001 to 20082.
Your discussion states a valid explanation about how there many issues associated with health care and there is not one simple answer. The health care reform act has improved health care for many although the direct problem faced by many Americans is affordability (Stoltzfus Jost, & Pollack, 2016). I have cared for many patients who have confided how they are unable to pay for prescriptions. Without these medications, these individuals are unable to maintain their chronic illnesses and return back to the hospital. This is a vicious cycle that ends up costing the patient, hospital and government time and money.
The purpose of this paper will be first to identify a new model for nursing care delivery that will ensure improvement in both the quality and economic outcomes for our organization. Secondly, I will articulate how various key concepts of the new model will help improve the quality of service delivery in our organization while minimizing costs. Finally, well formatted empirical, scholarly evidence will be provided to support the raised ideas. Two areas where the hospital expenses due to patient injuries can be minimized and where the quality of patient care can be improved have been identified by the management of the operating room.
How do clinical pharmacists care for patients? Clinical pharmacists: • Provide a consistent process of patient care that ensures the appropriateness, effectiveness, and safety of the patient’s medication use. • Consult with the patient’s physician(s) and other health care provider(s) to develop and implement a medication plan that can meet the overall goals of patient care established by the health care team. • Apply specialized knowledge of the scientific and clinical use of medications, including medication action, dosing, adverse effects, and drug interactions, in performing their patient care activities in collaboration with other members of the health care team.