Five years after HCAHPS public reporting began, meaningful improvement of patients' hospital care experiences continues, especially among initially low-scoring hospitals, reducing some gaps among hospitals.
Although reducing readmissions appears desirable because it may improve older adults' health and reduce costs, how will we know if the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) policy has, in fact, been successful?
This paper compares the classification of hospital statistical outlier status as better or worse performance than expected for postoperative complications using Medicare claims versus clinical registry data.
This study aims to describe the magnitude of hospital costs among patients undergoing abdominal surgery, and determine whether hospital costs estimates are consistent with clinical expectations of hospital resource use.
This article describes the current status of home-based medical care in the United States and offers a brief narrative of a fictional homebound patient and the health events and fragmented care she faces.
RAND Europe is conducting a rapid review of the evidence of the effectiveness and efficiency of initiatives for reducing length of stay in hospital. The project will also examine the impact of these initiatives on the quality of care and patient experiences.
This study sought to (i) describe the nature of interventions that have been used to reduce length of stay in acute care hospitals; (ii) identify the factors that are known to influence length of stay; and (iii) assess the impact of interventions on patient outcomes, service outcomes and costs.
Our study suggests that a flexible approach to implementing health coaching is more important than fidelity to rigid models that do not allow for variable allocation of responsibilities across team members.
In a RAND study about the landscape of patient safety in Massachusetts, researchers interviewed expert observers (patients, health care leaders, and others) about progress to date and future opportunities to produce safer patient care.