Patients who have been discharged from the hospital are more likely to return to the emergency department or be readmitted if they have high levels of pain. According to one study that looked at 30-day readmissions and ER visits following surgeries, patients in the highest reported pain categories also had the highest rate of non-planned readmissions and ER visits.… Read more
Patient expectations for positive healthcare experiences continue to rise thanks to the streamlined experiences they have as consumers with other industries. Other industries prioritize convenient communication along the customer journey so that interactions are meaningful, convenient and informative. For healthcare organizations, this means that they can no longer leave all responsibility for creating positive experiences through between-visit communication with the patient.… Read more
When healthcare leaders put their heads together and strategize how to improve healthcare experiences for patients, much of the focus tends to be on improving clinical processes and facilities. However, one area that patients suggest needs improvement is the financial side of the patient experience. Here are three problems patients say need to be fixed in order to elevate the financial experience for patients:
Problem #1: Healthcare bills often catch patients by surprise.… Read more
In the summer months, as temperatures climb to staggering heights, office productivity levels can dip to all-time lows. Work is often far from top of mind as employees plan their summer activities. But medical practices can’t afford to put their operations on hold for months while employees trade in patient calls for beach towels and sunscreen.… Read more
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 50 million Americans (or roughly 20 percent of the adult population in the U.S.) experience chronic pain. In addition to the obvious suffering that is caused by chronic pain, there is another problem: the cost.
When you consider the cost of care, medication, ER visits, hospitalizations and even missed work and decreased productivity that is tied to pain, the pain problem becomes clear.… Read more
Don’t have a 2019 social media strategy? You’re not alone. Last year was a confusing one for social media marketers, leaving many in a state of paralysis. The Facebook algorithm changes and privacy concerns made businesses question whether or not to use the platform at all. And, keeping up with the ever emerging social media trends on all the platforms can keep your head spinning.… Read more
Texting between patients and healthcare providers continues to grow in popularity. From 2011 to 2018, the number of patients who have exchanged text messages with healthcare providers has more than tripled (5% vs. 17%). And, according to results from a recent West survey, 11 percent of patients say texting is their top preference for receiving communications from their healthcare teams.… Read more
Many complications related to chronic illnesses are avoidable, and yet emergency department visits, hospitalizations and other costly and unpleasant experiences are common among chronic patients. So why aren’t more of the preventable problems averted? One reason is that many patients simply don’t have a clear enough understanding of what their own health readings are and what they mean.… Read more
It’s safe to assume that most Americans don’t enjoy paying healthcare bills. (Does anyone actually enjoy paying any bills?) Although paying medical bills may not top the list of things patients like to do, it turns out that providers can make the task less painful by initiating communication about healthcare costs.… Read more
There’s no question that patient surveys are a valuable tool for improving care quality and patient satisfaction. Surveys play a critical role in improving the overall patient experience and HCAHPS metrics. Here’s how healthcare organizations are leveraging this powerful tool to support quality improvement initiatives.
Improving HCAHPS Metrics
Regulatory pressure changed everything.… Read more