Tag Archives: Hospital

Low mobility predicts hospital readmission in older heart attack patients

Under the threat of financial penalty, hospitals are always on the lookout for ways to reduce their 30-day readmissions. For heart attack patients in particular,conducting a simple mobility test might be the best means of forecasting which patients are likely to return. Close to 20 percent of elderly adults who have suffered a heart attack… Read More »

Union says lives risked as trial sees ambulances diverted from Blayney hospital

Paramedics are concerned that a month-long trial closure of the emergency department to ambulances at Blayney District Hospital could put lives at risk. The closure, initiated before Christmas, means ambulances are being diverted to either Orange or Bathurst hospitals, approximately 35 kilometres and 37 kilometres away respectively. Health Services Union NSW secretary Gerard Hayes claimed the additional… Read More »

Study finds 'mixed messages' in Medicare hospital ratings, penalty programs

Brief Published Dec. 19, 2018 Dive Brief: Consumers are getting “mixed messages” from the CMS Hospital Compare website and penalties levied by the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, undermining their ability to shop for quality care, according to a study in The American Journal of Managed Care.  The researchers compared hospital grades posted on Hospital Compare for… Read More »