Incentives

More action needed on adverse events in nursing homes, outpatient settings, expert tells Senators

More action needed on adverse events in nursing homes, outpatient settings, expert tells Senators

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Nursing homes and other non-hospital providers largely have been overlooked in efforts to improve patient safety, and this needs to change, an expert told a Senate panel Thursday. Today, "little is known" about the "distinct safety issues" in nursing homes and other non-hospital settings, said Tejal Gandhi, M.D., MPH, president of the National Patient Safety Foundation and a professor at Harvard Medical School.

Facilities have opportunity  to improve operations and re-think patient care

Facilities have opportunity to improve operations and re-think patient care

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Long-term care facilities are facing new pressures as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. As part of the shift to integrated care, reimbursements will be linked to patient outcomes rather than the traditional fee-for-service model.

60 seconds with ... Neil L. Pruitt Jr.

60 seconds with ... Neil L. Pruitt Jr.

Q: What are your goals as a member of the new national long-term care commission? A: My hope is we look at the whole system and make sure there are rational incentives. We have to take scarce resources and spread them appropriately.

Paying so docs communicate better

Paying so docs communicate better

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So I was reading this article in a publication related to improving patient-centered care. It stressed that essential to delivering that type of care would be physician/patient-centered communication skills.