8 Reasons Why Hospitals Should Reduce Bed Volume
That's not consistent with the "systematic reform in healthcare that we at Dartmouth have been calling for, (which) is about keeping people healthy so they don't need to be in the hospital," he continued.
"It's about making sure patients make informed choices about major surgical procedures or elective procedures, and then right-sizing the healthcare system, which may very well lead to many, many fewer hospital beds and hospitals in this country. And that's how you would get lower costs."
2. More patients will be encouraged – perhaps through premium incentives – to sign advance directives. We know from research that treatment-limiting advance directives have the potential to prevent aggressive, expensive, but futile care at the end of life, especially in regions of the country where imminent death is more expensively and often painfully prolonged.
3. Doctors and nurses will get better at constraining healthcare-associated infections, thus reducing longer stays. They will get better at preventing falls, surgical mishaps, and other avoidable adverse events, in part because those will now be publicly reported and because that extra care those errors require will not be federally reimbursed.
4. More patients will be treated in outpatient settings, because accountable care organizations and coordinated outpatient services will make sure patients stay out of the hospital if they don't need to be there. Patients who do need hospital care will be discharged earlier because bundled payments will hasten that process.
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