Measuring Patient Outcomes: 4 KPIs You Must Track Today

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It’s often said that knowledge is power. And to harness that power you must harness all the available information in service of improved patient outcomes. By tracking these Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), you can begin to turn your spreadsheets into goals and strategies that improve the quality of your care. KPIs are performance measurements supported…


Why Medication Reconciliation Needs to be More Than “Checking the Box”

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In 2002 The Joint Commission established the National Patient Safety Goals (NPSGs) program. The objective: “… help accredited organizations address specific areas of concern in regard to patient safety.” Fast forward to 2018, and eight types of facilities now have their own NPSGs, including hospitals, ambulatory health care, critical access hospitals, and office-based surgery. These…


The Medication Reconciliation Process and its Impact on Patient Safety

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Take a guess – how many people in the United States take at least one prescription drug every 30 days? If your first thought was “a lot,” you’re right. According to data from the Mayo Clinic, nearly 70% of Americans are on at least one prescription drug, and more than half take two or more….


National Patient Safety Goals: How Do You Measure Up?

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The well-being of patients is the top priority of every clinician and healthcare administrator, but every day they get caught in the middle of serious information gaps that force them to guess in situations when the stakes could be life and death. Patient care falls through these information gaps. Money falls through them, too. Everyone…


Improve Patient Satisfaction with a Focus on Patient Safety

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There are many ways organizations can work to improve patient satisfaction. They can train employees to be more compassionate, kind, and supportive of patients throughout their treatment. They can bring in tools to help with matters such as refilling prescriptions and finding specialists. They can allocate resources to educate patients about their financial responsibility and…