Antibiotic treatment decisions for medically complex patients are complicated, as the risk of undertreatment may be severe, whereas overtreatment may be associated with adverse effects and the emergence of antibiotic resistant pathogens.
The Medicare short-stay outlier payment policy created a strong financial incentive for long-term care hospitals to time patient discharges to maximize Medicare reimbursement. These results suggest that the new very-short-stay policy implemented in December 2012 could have a similar effect.
A new approach may be needed to finance an emerging breed of expensive but highly effective pharmaceuticals and vaccines. The health care industry could learn from other industry approaches such as equipment leases or supplier-financed credit.
Knowing the temporal trend CLABSI rates among U.S. PICUs, the current extent of central line bundle compliance, and the impact of compliance on rates is necessary to understand what has been accomplished and can be improved in CLABSI prevention.
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?