Although the end of 2017 was a race to the finish that narrowly avoided a government shutdown and threatened to keep Congress, staffers and lobbyists in D.C. until Christmas day, there are no signs that 2018 will be any less … eventful.
Efficient, repeatable processes are integral to patient care and health care operations. When done well, patients receive more consistent, quality care, and if an error occurs, it avoids the blame game and becomes an opportunity to improve the process.
On Jan. 9, 2018, CMS released the long-awaited and much-anticipated Bundled Payments for Care Improvement-Advanced (BPCI-Advanced) initiative. The announcement affirmed the agency’s commitment to alternative payment models (APM) as an integral component of its quest to find innovative and effective ways to manage health care costs.
In addition to caring for critically ill patients, caregivers and support staff are battling changes to workload, shortages in necessary PPE and concern for the safety of their own families; all leaving them vulnerable to extreme stress.
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