The Radiology Support, Communication and Alignment Network (R-SCAN) involves collaboration among referrers, radiologists and patients to ensure imaging is used when appropriate, and is expected to save $433 million in costs annually if used for Medicare patients, according to a new study out of Stanford University.
It’s a conversation I’ve had endless times. One that I’ve honed and refined stepwise over time, and one that my patients often tell me they hadn’t considered before: the appropriate use and overuse of antibiotics. And right now, with patients hyper-focused on healthy immune systems, medical providers are uniquely positioned to build antibiotic stewardship into our diagnostic process and significantly increase resistance awareness nationwide.
The importance of involving patients in the decision-making process for orthopaedic surgical procedures is the focus of a new review article published in the December issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons® (JAAOS). The literature review took a close look at the concept and practice of shared decision-making (SDM) and the ways it empowers patients to make educated decisions that are aligned with their views and values.
Hospitals' broad and ongoing restrictions on visits to patients aim to protect patients and staff from COVID-19. But what if the restrictions are worsening overall clinical outcomes, hurting staff morale and increasing costs for hospitals, health plans and patients? One national quality-improvement advocacy group has raised those concerns amid pandemic-related restrictions, some of which have been mandated by state and local governments.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage, hospitals and health system leaders already are trying to apply lessons derived from their responses. An obvious lesson for many is the desire of patients for more treatment location options.
Physicians have seen a deterioration in their patients’ health during the pandemic, including with respect to underlying chronic conditions, according to a new survey.
As the COVID-19 pandemic spread around the world, hospitals learned all that they were capable of. With a staggering number of patients testing their capabilities, healthcare workers heroically rose to the occasion. At the same time, this unprecedented situation exposed some of the inefficiencies inherent in even the best healthcare systems.
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As hospitals and surgery centers navigate to resume elective and non-urgent surgical procedure volumes, there is heightened concern that the continued use of opioids for pain management before, during and after a procedure may perpetuate the current rise in opioid-related deaths. Similarly, the use of general anesthesia potentially exposes physicians and staff to viral contamination when intubating a patient, releasing aerosols and droplets, which is a primary mode of transmission of COVID-19.
The e-commerce website Groupon saved money for patients who bought medical imaging services, but sellers did not always “accurately or adequately” provide information about the risks of imaging, researchers reported.