Posts Tagged ‘Hospitals’

DFWHC’s “The Human Side of Health Care” interviews guests from Children’s, JPS, Hunt and Medical City

The second edition of the DFW Hospital Council’s weekly radio program “The Human Side of Health Care” was broadcast on Sunday, January 12 on KRLD 1080 AM. Guest stars included: • Jason Isham, Director of Integrated Behavioral Health at Children’s Health; • Lara Burnside, Senior VP, Strategy, Chief Patient Experience Officer at JPS Health Network; […]

DFWHC’s “The Human Side of Health Care” debuts on KRLD 1080 AM

The DFW Hospital Council’s weekly radio program “The Human Side of Health Care” debuted on Sunday, January 5 on KRLD 1080 AM with a focus on community health. Guest stars for the first edition were Stephen Love, president/CEO of DFWHC; Dr. Don Wesson, president of the Baylor Scott & White Health Wellness Center; Stacie Goran, […]

Factors affecting hiring cost

As a resource for the hospitals and stakeholders we serve, we always respond to questions that come our way from time to time. We were recently asked about “the average cost-per-hire for the healthcare industry.” I thought it might be interesting to share my findings.   According to a Lauren Weber article in the Nov. […]

Changes in policy affect the Death Master

The “Death Master” is not the Grim Reaper or some obscure vampire film. It is a file maintained by the Social Security Administration (SSA) with information on millions of deceased persons and their social security numbers. It is updated weekly and available for subscription. Government agencies, financial entities and credit organizations use the information to […]

Spinach and Data Integrity

In 1929 the United States was introduced to a new hero—Popeye. Popeye made a significant impact on the economy as he began to consume spinach as a source for his strength. The result was an important increase in the consumption of spinach which some people connect to saving the spinach industry. Why spinach as the […]

What is the Swiss Cheese Model of Harm?

The 2012 Patient Safety Summit last month had an amazing slate of speakers that were inspiring! Dr. Bob Wachter’s presentations provided keen insights into historical perspectives of patient safety and contributing factors of medical mistakes. One example was that physicians today manage on average 150 medications where as the iconic “Marcus Welby, M.D.” would have […]

Foundation releases white paper on septicemia

The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation (DFWHC Foundation) today announced the publication of a white paper on septicemia prevalence in North Texas readmissions. The white paper highlights 2011 readmissions from 77 acute care facilities where the blood infection is in the top 50 percent of reasons why people readmit to a hospital within 30 days. […]

Research on 2011 Readmissions available

In a readmissions report created by the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation (DFWHC Foundation) in August, claims data in 2011 for hospitalizations of patients 18 years and older from 77 acute care facilities was analyzed with surprising results. Readmission rates, characteristics, patient age, gender, ethnicity, discharge status, payer and diagnoses were included in the study. […]

Why is the Present-on-Admission Flag Important?
(Part 2 of 3)

The Present-on-Admission (POA) indicator is a flag assigned to each diagnosis code on inpatient claims. Until recently, the Texas Health Care Information Council (THCIC) had not required hospitals to submit the POA indicator in order to allow time for transitioning and establishing processes for coding accurately. THCIC will require the POA flag in all inpatient […]

Improving Outcomes Can Decrease Healthcare Cost

How many days a week and times a day do you read or hear something related to healthcare cost and spending? Almost every healthcare feed I receive includes a section on this topic. The work of the Hospital Engagement Networks with the Partnership for Patients is partly about reducing healthcare cost and primarily about improving […]