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October 11, 2018

Top 3 Challenges for Nurse Leaders

Waking up each morning after a restful night’s sleep, is a great way to start the day.  You’re energized and ready to tackle what comes your way.  However, if you are a nurse leader the stresses of the job may make getting a good night’s sleep a little harder.  We’ve asked nurse leaders what’s keeping them up at night and here’s what we’ve heard.

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October 04, 2018

How to Get the "Yes" Response from Patients on OAS CAHPS

Despite the fact that OAS CAHPS are still voluntary, their eventual mandate could be right around the corner.  To achieve top scores, it’s not as straight forward as just focusing on clinical outcomes.  When patients are looking at where to have a procedure, they are looking beyond just competency.

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September 28, 2018

Quality Versus Quantity in Patient Rounding

The roots of patient rounding can be traced back to a medical center in Birmingham, AL in the late 1980s2. After many years of this concept in practice, studies have shown that it has a direct correlation to improving patient experience. With patient experience scores having an impact on hospital revenue, conducting daily patient rounding is becoming a priority. However, simply completing the round isn’t enough.

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September 13, 2018

How to Navigate the Challenges of Post Discharge Follow-ups

Post-discharge calls aid in safe patient transitions, help prevent readmissions, and improve patient satisfaction.1  In addition, academic studies show that there is a positive correlation between post-discharge calls and HCAHPS scores.2 Furthermore, a study from the Beryl Institute shows that advanced analytics can provide robust information allowing hospital systems to take actionable steps for operational improvements, resulting in improved patient outcomes.3 Based on these findings, we know that post-discharge follow-ups are a key part of not just the patient experience model, but the entire continuum of care.

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September 06, 2018

How Workflow Establishes Excellence in Surgical Processes

Hospital systems, post-acute care providers and physicians are all participants in today’s world of value based healthcare. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has established specific models to encourage all participants to work together to improve quality and coordination of care from the pre-surgery process through recovery1. In order to receive maximum bundled payment reimbursements, they must meet recognized patient outcomes.

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August 24, 2018

How to Break the Cycle of Nurse Burnout

In the last several years, our bedside heroes have taken on a much more demanding role.  Long gone are the days of just delivering quality care and attending to our every need.  Now they must handle a much larger administrative part of our care too.

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August 16, 2018

Are Your Long-Term Care Facilities Ready for the New CMS Survey Process?

Did you know that 20% of the Medicare patients discharged from hospitals are readmitted within 30 days?  Even more surprising, that rate increases to 25% when patients are discharged to skilled nursing homes.1  This is a costly statistic to both the taxpayers and hospitals.  So how do you make sure that you are referring your patients to long-term care facilities with top notch care?  Check out their survey results and make sure they are up to date on the latest changes. Help them help you!

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August 06, 2018

How Do You Create a Positive Pediatric Patient Experience?

One size does not fit all.  Ensuring a positive experience for children and their parents/guardians is essential for strategically building patient trust.  Today, building that trust is also financially imperative. How do parents and guardians view their child’s care?

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July 31, 2018

Control Preventable Infections Before They Start

The widespread impact of the 2017-2018 flu season was a harsh reminder for many on the importance of infection prevention.  According to the CDC there were over 30,000 laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations between October 1, 2017, and April 30, 20181.  The spread of the flu, like many other infections, is preventable with the proper infection controls in place.

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July 18, 2018

Paper Versus Technology for Rounding Success

It’s 2018 and technology is everywhere…or is it? Across the country there are hospitals and healthcare organizations that continue to choose to conduct patient experience rounding armed with paper and pencil.  Is your hospital one of them?

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July 12, 2018

Implementation Survival Guide: 5 Tips for Success

Your organization is in the midst of a digital transformation and new technology is on the horizon. You have survived through the research, vendor evaluations, requirements gathering, and development. Now it’s time to embark on the implementation phase of your organization’s journey to improve operational efficiency.

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June 22, 2018

How Coaching and Technology Create Rounding Success

Is your team afraid to log not met domains and coaching notes? Do they often communicate that they don’t want to ‘tattle’? OR, are they completely silent during team meetings? It’s an uncomfortable discussion, but top box HCAHPS are dependent on seeing and understanding the full picture of your patient’s experience.

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June 12, 2018

Empathy - A Win Win for Patients and Caregivers

What is empathy? The dictionary defines it as "the psychological identification with or vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of another."1 Empathy plays a vital role in the caregiver-patient relationship.  Insight into a patient’s feelings impacts diagnosis, treatment, and overall patient satisfaction. We feel empathy when friends are going through a rough time, or our child isn't picked for a part in a play, but what does empathy mean for a patient?

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June 05, 2018

Want a Rounding Companion That Makes You Shine?

Do your leaders often complain about technology overload?  Are the teams’ iPads gathering dust on the shelf?  Are hand-written rounds not in alignment with your HCAHPS results? If you answered ‘yes’ to even one of the above questions, you may need to re-evaluate your current rounding solution.

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May 17, 2018

Product + Partner = The Right Healthcare Workflow Solution

We’ve all read the headlines.  A hospital decides to make the move to a new technology and things don’t go as anticipated.  The project timeline was longer than originally projected.  The solution in production isn’t working as expected. 

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April 20, 2018

5 Ways to Celebrate Patient Experience Week

Patient Experience Week is next week. Have you thought about the meaning and purpose behind it? Or better yet—how you’re going to celebrate?

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March 30, 2018

Care Empowered through Workflow Automation: What is the Value Equation?

Each clinical pathway has its own set of unique critical points in time that are the most impactful to positive patient care. Providing a streamlined and consistent care model enables healthcare systems to use a value equation that can easily identify these points.

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March 23, 2018

Using the right rounding software makes your work easier—here’s how

As a Patient Experience Manager, CNO, or Nurse Executive, you understand the importance and effectiveness of Nurse Leader Rounding. Are you having trouble convincing your teams to get on board with the idea? Maybe they’re not buying into it because they think they won’t have time to learn something new. Maybe you’ve used a company in the past and got burned—but switching to a technology that actually works is easier than you think. Here are some things you can say to help convince your team to trust the process.

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March 02, 2018

Managing Flu Season is a Lot Like Competing in the Olympics

The Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea just ended. For the first time in nearly a decade, North Korea participated. If you’ve been watching, you know this is making history because technically, North and South Korea are still at war.

The number of fatalities from this year's flu season is also making the history books. The Washington Post reports “the number of people going to doctors’ offices and emergency rooms has surged to levels not reported since the peak of the 2009 swine flu pandemic. Hospitalizations are also at record levels.” Some hospitals even went as far as setting up tents outside in their parking lots due to overcrowding. Caregivers are true heroes and the gold medalists of the healthcare industry.

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January 11, 2018

Pain Management: It's All About Communication

“Every day in the U.S., more than 650,000 opioid prescriptions are dispensed, and 3,900 people start using prescription opioids for a non medical purpose. Seventy-eight people die from an opioid-related overdose daily.”1 This creates a struggle for hospitals between patient satisfaction and realistic expectations of pain levels. 

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December 29, 2017

The Transition of Care: Gain Control and Fill the Gaps

The healthcare industry is increasing their focus on communication and collaboration across the entire care continuum.  The “transition of care” movement aims to share timely, accurate and sufficient information across providers such as Hospitals, Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Rehabilitation Centers, Urgent Care Facilities, and more. 

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December 21, 2017

Speed, Quality and Value—Do You Have It? If Not, It's Time to Get Lean

In healthcare, getting lean has been proven to show impressive results and is done by making small, incremental improvements that continue to add value and eliminate wasteful processes within your organization. So how do you apply lean practices within your hospital? Like building a house, you need a solid foundation to build on.

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December 19, 2017

5 Questions to Ask When Selecting the Right Solution to Achieve Rounding Success

One of the many areas of healthcare technology that has seen rapid growth is digital rounding solutions. Many organizations are making the transition away from traditional pen and paper rounding to electronic and often mobile data collection systems. Real time alerts, efficient data collection, positive patient perception of care, and simplified reporting are just a few of the benefits that make digital rounding attractive.

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December 12, 2017

3 Reasons Why 360-Degree Patient Engagement Improves HCAHPS

Professionals in the healthcare field know a better patient experience directly translates to increased patient satisfaction scores and positive impact to hospital reimbursements.

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December 09, 2017

Ambulatory Surgery Centers: Save time and money while gaining full visibility into quality and safety

Over 40 years ago, physicians created the first ambulatory surgery center (ASC). These centers are a more convenient, less expensive alternative to a hospital. Physicians pioneered these new facilities with the goal to have more control of their surgical practices. 

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