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How to Avoid Fumbled Handoffs When Discharging Patients
Janice Simmons, Senior Editor
One of the most important lessons that I learned as a Girl Scout was: "Be Prepared." And, it's an important motto that hospitals and healthcare organizations are finding that they need to consider when communicating with discharged patients: Make sure those patients are prepared with sufficient information about their conditions in the post-discharge world concerned about 30-day readmissions. [Read More]
    
 
August 13, 2009
 
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On quality measures, hospitals treating larger numbers of the poor did not perform as well as hospitals serving more affluent populations back in 2003. But by 2006 that changed. When offered a financial incentive from the federal government's three year pay-for-performance incentive demonstration project, mortality rates went down and many quality measures improved closer to the level of their counterpart hospitals that treat more wealthy patients. [Read More]

AHRQ Spearheads Effort to Add Patient Voice to Error Reporting
In the past 10 years, a fair amount of headway has been made in refining error reporting systems, especially since the release of the Institute of Medicine report "To Err Is Human". One point of view missing from all of these reporting systems, however, is that of the patient and his or her family. However, a new project funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality aims to utilize the patient's perspective more when analyzing adverse events. [Read More]
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