When a healthcare facility is processing dozens - or hundreds - of discharged patients a day, it's easy to forget what a traumatic experience it can be for each individual patient. This is especially important when it comes to discharge because once the patient leaves the hospital they become responsible for following a specific discharge plan that will ensure their return to health.
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Today, patient post-care and outreach are topics of much discussion in the medical field. Recent studies have highlighted huge amounts of waste due to readmissions, with potentially up to 75% of them being preventable.
Recent studies have demonstrated a disturbing trend in American health care: Patients are being re-admitted to hospitals in large numbers, and in situations where the re-admissions were preventable.
Since its introduction in 2006, the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS, or "H-Caps") has quickly grown in importance to hospitals and clinics across the nation.
A considerable amount of media attention has been focused recently on the alarmingly high readmission rates at U.S. hospitals. According to a report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, one in five elderly patients is back in the hospital within 30 days of being discharged. Many of those return visits are avoidable, resulting from what the report calls “a fragmented system of care” that’s based on discharge information that’s confusing and poorly organized.
According to the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC), the top 50 property management companies in the U.S. oversee anywhere from about 30,000 to nearly 200,000 units each year. That’s a lot of data to keep track of, and unless you have a few organizational tricks up your sleeve, you can wind up wasting a lot of resources.
As an investment firm, you’re selling a service – one that’s important for investors with both small and large sums to invest. And you probably are well aware that your firm is not alone; in fact, the world of professional investing can be extremely competitive. Thousands of firms of all sizes are vying for the business of the same customers you hope to attract. And that means you need to be able to demonstrate, in a way that’s meaningful and memorable, why your firm is the best choice. You need a compelling way to define your brand.
Going on a trip can be a lot of fun, but it can also involve a lot of paperwork – tickets, vouchers, coupons, itineraries – that the traveler has to keep track of. Making sure papers are kept easily accessible reduces your client’s hassles and anxieties and instead, lets them focus on the fun of taking a trip. Offering every client a document folder that’s clearly imprinted with your agency’s name and contact information helps them by keeping papers organized, and it helps you by promoting your agency as a helpful solutions provider, ready to make your clients’ lives easier.
No one is born knowing how to organize. Sure, it may seem like some people are just “naturally” more organized than others, but organization is a learned behavior, and the sooner it’s learned, the more deeply ingrained and useful the skill will be. That’s why so many education and youth programs are turning to accordion folders to help students – and parents – stay more organized and productive.
Keeping the lines of communication open is a key responsibility of a human resources department. Making sure employees are up to date on policy changes, new benefits and other company-related information is a critical apart of keeping morale – and productivity – at their highest.