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Reducing HAI’s Through Reporting Systems

By Performance Health Partners on July 28, 2020 at 8:00 AM

The Center for Disease Control estimates that on any given day, 1 in 31 hospital patients has a HAI. (1) Although many HAIs are preventable, their high prevalence leads to harmful effects on patient’s physical, mental, and financial health—and cost billions of dollars in added expenses to the healthcare system.

Health economists at the CDC estimate that the annual costs of HAIs in the United States are between $28 billion- $45 billion per year. (1)

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5 Steps to Build an Infection Control Plan for Nursing Homes

By Performance Health Partners on July 16, 2020 at 8:00 AM

Over 1.3 million Americans are admitted to or reside in nursing homes each year. (1) Like patients in acute care facilities, nursing home residents are at risk for acquiring healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), which can cause discomfort and pain for residents and can have significant adverse consequences.

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How to Implement an Electronic Root Cause Analysis (RCA) Tool

By Performance Health Partners on July 2, 2020 at 8:00 AM

Root Cause Analysis (RCA) “is a structured method used to analyze serious adverse events” in healthcare. (1) The goal of an RCA is to identify any underlying problems in processes that increase the likelihood of an error with a non-punitive approach. When done effectively, an RCA can:

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3 Tips for Implementing an Electronic Peer Review Process

By Performance Health Partners on June 18, 2020 at 8:00 AM

Clinical peer review is a critical step in evaluating a team member’s performance following a patient safety event or as part of an organization’s credentialing process. (1) Although peer review is a key element of improving patient safety and quality, the quality process model that has prevailed in the healthcare industry over the past 30 years leaves much to be desired in improving quality outcomes. (1)

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How to Center Patient Safety Programs Around a Just Culture

By Performance Health Partners on June 4, 2020 at 8:00 AM

Sustainable improvements in patient outcomes are achieved when organizations adopt a patient safety culture that is pervasive in all of their interactions with patients and their families. (1) A 5-year Ascension study published in Modern Healthcare found that implementing patient safety programs resulted in (2):

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5 Step Plan for Returning to Work After the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Performance Health Partners on May 26, 2020 at 8:00 AM

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A Data Informed Approach to Infection Control

By Performance Health Partners on May 21, 2020 at 8:00 AM

Data lies at the core of healthcare operations – but how that data is used is more important than the data itself.

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A Checklist for Effective Environment of Care Rounds

By Performance Health Partners on May 7, 2020 at 8:30 AM


Why Environment of Care Rounds Matter

For healthcare providers, the physical environment of care has a significant impact on patient wellbeing and the ability of care teams to deliver high quality outcomes. As the healthcare industry has evolved to focus more on patient-centered care, environment of care rounding has become an increasingly useful tool in improving both patient and staff engagement.

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What to Look for in an Employee Health Solution for COVID-19?

By Performance Health Partners on May 4, 2020 at 5:02 PM

As the nation begins a phased reopening in the days ahead, all industries will face the challenge of effectively managing employee health needs. With over 740,000 total cases of COVID-19 nationally, organizations will need processes in place to effectively handle the return to the workforce in a way that keeps employees as safe as possible. (1)

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Using Access Centers to Improve Outcomes and Expand Revenue

By Performance Health Partners on April 21, 2020 at 9:00 AM

Access Centers: The Need and The Challenges

Healthcare systems are increasingly focused on improving patient access to care in order to attract new patients and retain existing ones. (1)

Access centers act as an entry point to health systems and are critically important in not only improving patient outcomes, but also expanding revenue and improving margins. (1)

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Low-Code Solutions Are Driving Digital Transformation in Quality and Patient Safety

By Performance Health Partners on March 27, 2020 at 1:22 PM

Digital transformations in healthcare rely on data-driven technology to improve patient outcomes. 

It’s not unusual for larger organizations to routinely juggle information between 800-1,000 applications across disparate, siloed IT systems. (1)

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4 Steps to Purposeful Patient Rounding

By Performance Health Partners on March 12, 2020 at 8:00 AM

Fourteen avoidable hospital-acquired conditions accounted for 48,771 adverse patient outcomes, 3,219 deaths and more than $2 billion in excess hospital costs in 2016, according to an IBM Watson Health study. (1)

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The Evolution of Quality and Patient Safety in Value-Based Reimbursement

By Performance Health Partners on March 5, 2020 at 8:00 AM

 

The Importance of Quality in Healthcare Reimbursement

Healthcare reimbursement describes the payment that a hospital, diagnostic facility, or other healthcare provider receives for providing patients with a medical service. (1) It’s important to look at how the healthcare reimbursement model has changed over time in order to understand the processes underlying the current U.S. healthcare system, as well as the gaps and limitations that exist within it.

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5 Steps to Improve Patient Experience

By Performance Health Partners on February 13, 2020 at 8:00 AM


The Impact of Patient Experience on Health Outcomes

In the United States, over 35 million patients stay in hospitals every year (1). For physicians and hospital staff who see hundreds of patients each day, it can be easy to lose sight of individual experiences. However, for each of those patients, their healthcare journeys are unique and deeply personal.

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The Benefits of Patient Safety Technology

By Performance Health Partners on January 31, 2020 at 10:57 AM

There are 134 million patient safety events that occur each year, resulting in $20B in annual costs. (1) Patient safety technology supports healthcare organizations in their efforts to prevent patient safety events and yields the following outcomes:

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The Evolution of Patient Safety and Quality of Care

By Performance Health Partners on January 16, 2020 at 8:00 AM

Over time, the healthcare industry has started to see a more focused movement to address patient safety and quality of care (1).

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Effective Strategies for Improving and Monitoring Employee Health

By Performance Health Partners on December 31, 2019 at 11:51 AM

In a healthcare setting, "employee health" pertains to

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Measuring the Impact of Patient Safety Events

By Performance Health Partners on December 16, 2019 at 6:08 PM

Patient safety programs can have a meaningful impact in making care safer and reducing costs through the Prevention of Healthcare-Acquired Conditions (HACs) (1).

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5 Types of Quality and Compliance Solutions for Ambulance Services

By Performance Health Partners on November 21, 2019 at 9:00 AM

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The Impact of Patient Safety and Quality of Care Programs

By Performance Health Partners on November 7, 2019 at 10:29 AM

We are currently witnessing the modernization of patient safety, clinical quality and outcomes management in healthcare. And yet, the majority of the more than 890,000 healthcare facilities in the United States (1)– especially small to mid-sized providers – have not yet implemented technology to manage and monitor outcomes in patient safety and quality.

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What is Value-Based Care?

By Courtney Pellegrini on October 8, 2019 at 10:31 AM

A New Era of Healthcare

The models of care used by healthcare organizations have evolved over time. One of the most significant healthcare paradigm shifts in the past decade is the introduction of a new reimbursement model known as value-based care.

Where the traditional fee-for-service model rewarded organizations that treated the highest number of patients, the value-based care model now rewards organizations that provide the highest-quality care (1).

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Enterprise Risk Management in Health Care: A Collaborative Approach

By Trudi Stafford on September 20, 2019 at 12:16 PM

Trudi Stafford, PhD, RN, and Clinical Advisor at PHP shares insight on a collaborative approach to risk management amongst patient safety, quality, compliance, clinical, and executive teams.

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Developing an Effective Root Cause Analysis

By Trudi Stafford on September 5, 2019 at 9:59 AM

Trudi Stafford, PhD, RN, and Clinical Advisor at PHP shares insight on developing processes and tools for effective root cause analysis. 

Trudi Stafford has 30+ years of health care leadership experience with an emphasis on informatics to positively impact patient safety and health care quality. She is a doctorally prepared nurse executive with prior work experience as the Chief Nursing Office at three of the nation’s largest health systems.

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Case Study: How Permian Regional Medical Center Uses An Integrated System to Drive Patient Safety Outcomes

By Courtney Pellegrini on August 22, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Patient safety remains a top goal of healthcare organizations, and with the right tools, it’s possible to achieve. Here’s the story of how one healthcare organization achieved success.

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10 Elements of a Just Patient Safety Culture

By Trudi Stafford on August 13, 2019 at 6:07 PM


Trudi Stafford, PhD, RN, and Clinical Advisor at PHP shares insight on developing a just patient safety culture. 

Trudi Stafford has 30+ years of health care leadership experience with an emphasis on informatics to positively impact patient safety and health care quality. She is a doctorally prepared nurse executive with prior work experience as the Chief Nursing Office at three of the nation’s largest health systems.

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Why Checklists Are Important In Healthcare

By Performance Health Partners on August 1, 2019 at 3:36 PM

Checklists provide a wealth of positive impact within healthcare organizations. Whether you are looking to effectively report incidents, prevent falls, or reduce overall risk, it all starts with a proven checklist. Here are the top reasons why checklists are so important in healthcare.

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The Benefits Of Implementing An Effective Falls Prevention Program

By Performance Health Partners on July 23, 2019 at 8:12 AM

An effective falls prevention program can drastically decrease the overall number of patient falls in your healthcare organization. In fact, it is not uncommon to see a 25-50% reduction in falls after implementing a falls program. (1) 

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What To Look For In An Incident Reporting Software?

By Performance Health Partners on July 2, 2019 at 12:57 PM

When searching for an effective incident reporting software for your healthcare organization, you want to make sure you choose one that is flexible and customizable enough to allow your staff to focus on what they do best: delivering safe, high-quality care. 

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