Patient Progression

The Killers in Our Midst: Are patient progression delays killing your patient satisfaction?

The Killers in Our Midst: Are patient progression delays killing your patient satisfaction?

By Erin LaBarge

The "killers" I'm talking about are found in every hospital across the nation.  They threaten your patients every day.  I'm talking about delays to patient progression.  Delays can weaken and even kill patient experience and satisfaction and impact quality outcomes.

What are the Top Barriers to Patient Progression?

What are the Top Barriers to Patient Progression?

By Barbara Anzilotti, MSN

It only takes one patient progression barrier to interrupt flow across your entire hospital. Whether it be delayed testing results, pending consultations, or pre-certification to lower levels of care, your patients likely experience barriers in multiple areas. But how do you resolve these barriers before they impact timely patient progression?

Can We Talk? Three Key Communication Strategies to Progress Your Patients Toward Their Ultimate Recovery Goals.

Can We Talk? Three Key Communication Strategies to Progress Your Patients Toward Their Ultimate Recovery Goals.

By Page M. Etzler RN, PhD, MBA, MS, FACHE

Are you struggling to find ways to improve quality of care, patient experience, throughput, LOS and more?

What if I told you there are three things you can address in your huddles and hand-offs that can get you these results? I have witnessed dramatic turnaround in key measures by implementing these three key concepts: Challenging the Norm, Having a Questioning Attitude and Asking What is Best for the Patient.  Let’s look at each individually in depth.

Patient Progression: The missing key to achieving your patient flow goals

Patient Progression:  The missing key to achieving your patient flow goals

By Bob Gleason-Moore RN, MN

Is Patient Progression Management MIA in your Patient Flow Strategy?

We were going to move the needle on length of stay.  We would finally meet the goal corporate had set for our hospital. We had changed our processes.  We had tools in place.  We were ready! But our length of stay barely budged, what happened?

Considering a Command Center for Your Hospital?

Considering a Command Center for Your Hospital?

By Stephen Passalacqua

3 Reasons Hub-and-Spoke Command Centers Achieve the Most Positive Outcomes for Patients and Staff

When it comes to improving patient outcomes, boosting hospital financials, maximizing organizational efficiency, and improving allocation of resources, there are few technologies that can compete with the deployment of a healthcare command center.

Is a Lack of Physician Alignment Eroding the Foundation of Your Patient Flow Management?

Is a Lack of Physician Alignment Eroding the Foundation of Your Patient Flow Management?

By Bob Gleason-Moore RN, MN

Use This Quick Checklist to Find Out

When a foundation is not optimized, it may weaken or even collapse the structure it is meant to support.

In the hospital, physicians play a cornerstone role in the foundation of optimizing patient flow and on-time patient progression.  So, why is it that physicians are often misaligned with the organization when it comes to these crucial components of the patient stay?  How do you find out if this is a problem in your hospital?

Discharge Delays Creating Rush Hour in the ED? Put Patient Progression in the Express Lane

Discharge Delays Creating Rush Hour in the ED? Put Patient Progression in the Express Lane

By Bob Gleason-Moore RN, MN

3 Keys to Driving On-Time Discharges

We've all been there before. It's happened again. We just can't seem to get our patients discharged on time. Patient flow and throughput are suffering across the hospital. Patients are waiting hours, even days, in the ED for an inpatient bed. Staff morale plummets as they realize they have no choice but to provide inpatient care in settings they know are not ideal for their patients. Sounds ominous, doesn't it?  Well, I have good news.

Ten Tips for Optimizing Length of Stay

Ten Tips for Optimizing Length of Stay

Not all health systems have realized significant gains in optimizing their length of stay (LOS).  Some wonder if a small decrease is worth the effort.   Others are concerned reducing their LOS will lead to a higher readmission rate and associated penalties.  But experience shows that the benefits of managing LOS are compelling, and the reduction of LOS does not necessarily correlate with an increase in readmissions.  Readmissions occur when patients are discharged too early or without a plan supporting their transition from the inpatient setting.

What are the benefits?  Reducing LOS drives a significantly positive impact on a health system’s financial performance.   For example, if a 300-bed hospital with an average LOS of 4.5 days was able to reduce their LOS to 4.2 days they could treat over 1,700 more patients each year. This would mean millions of dollars in additional income from the same fixed capacity. 

The 8 Milestones of Patient Throughput: How a “Production System” for Care Always Puts the Patient First

We think a lot about milestones in healthcare. The major milestones now are the shift from volume- to value-based care and the evolution to community health management. These healthcare milestones change everything about the way hospitals operate, provide care and succeed financially. So how do hospitals thrive in this evolution?