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- Picking the best case manager for the ED job
Today, more and more emergency departments (ED) are using designated case managers to improve care. There are many advantages to having a case manager in the ED, from improving quality of care to ensuring appropriate level of care.
- IT systems fail to support physicians' needs
Healthcare information technology systems are falling short when it comes to supporting physician needs, according to a study published by the Annals of Family Medicine. Researchers found that technology wasn’t giving physicians the support they were looking for to foster care coordination.
- AHRQ seeks to improve evidence-based practices
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has been a big proponent of evidence-based medicine, and recently announced a new initiative to further the cause.
- Tips for preventing readmissions through improved medication management
Case managers know that it’s often medication-related problems that send patients back to the hospital after discharge. Maybe the patient didn’t have the money to fill the needed prescription or the patient didn’t follow the doctor’s instructions because he or she didn’t understand them.
- AHA survey intended to examine improving care transitions
The American Hospital Association and its affiliate are collecting information on discharge transitions in hopes of helping patients in the future. PROJECT Achieve, a study paid for by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, is looking for case managers and other healthcare professionals to take its 15–20 minute survey to help the initiative.
- Study: Common barriers keeping patients in the hospital unnecessarily
A study of New Hampshire hospitals by the Foundation for Healthy Communities shows that in many cases, people are often left to wait in the hospital even when they are ready for discharge.