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Improving Patient Throughput

Managing Patient Throughput is critically important to hospital profitability and patient satisfaction.  Utilizing your rooms and beds as efficiently as possible not only ensures patients have a comfortable stay at your facility but also greatly impacts your bottom line.  There are several important considerations to take into account to ensure that your patient throughput strategies

Creating an Excellent Environmental Services Department

Rock Jensen, consultant with Soriant Solutions, presents on how to achieve excellence in Environmental Services.  Financial challenges abound in healthcare management today.  Hospitals are under increasing pressure to reduce expenditures while improving productivity and quality.  Environmental Service Departments are changing rapidly and being shaped by both new HCAHPS requirements, which put added pressure on hospitals

UV Disinfection Technology: Is it Worth the Cost?

With a rise in the prevalence of hospital-acquired infection (HAI) rates and the escalating emphasis in this area linking federal reimbursements to performance, hospitals have amplified their focus on new ways to combat this issue. In addition to rigorous personal hygiene protocol, the industry has seen an increased focus on more thorough cleaning by Environmental

Impacting the Bottom Line with Lean Concepts

Lean principles focus on preserving value by increasing efficiency and optimizing flow. Long used in manufacturing, these types of practices have many applications within the healthcare environment. The lean concepts discussed here include standard work, direct connections, and visual controls with daily metrics. An estimated 80% of all improvements can be achieved through work standardization

Improve Environmental Services, Improve HCAHPS Scores

As part of the Affordable Care Act, Medicare payments and incentives are redesigned to promote: 1. Achievement of high-quality care 2. Improvement in care quality These changes were implemented October 1, 2012. Environmental Services (EVS) plays a key role in the hospital’s HCAHPS score, which influences Medicare reimbursement. Of the 8 overall domains measured, cleanliness