improving inpatient care

4 Ways to Improve Inpatient Care

In an age of healthcare where hospitals are struggling with rising costs and changing reimbursement structures, incremental fixes have been introduced, including attacking fraud, reducing errors, and even a move towards population health to tackle the problem. However, much of these strategies have not made the impact that was expected of them. Add to that…



Exciting times – PolicyMedical has a new look

Digitization. Mobile. Internet of Everything. Modernization. Change. It’s inevitable. Everyone is impacted by the internet evolution including us at PolicyMedical. If you are not familiar with PolicyMedical, we’re a SaaS (software-as-a-service) based vendor focused on delivering health and happiness to the healthcare industry through our user-friendly, advanced policy and procedure management, contracts management and vendor…


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6 Reasons Automation is the Key to Healthcare Accreditation Success

In 2009 as Larkin Hospital committed themselves to becoming an education first organization, they began to build, grow and expand outside their main campus. In increasing their reach in the healthcare field they found themselves under a bombardment of accreditor and surveyor inspections. To overcome the stress of the sudden influx in inspections, they soon…


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Top Seattle Attractions Near the 2017 ASHRM Conference

I must say, the organizers at ASHRM know what they’re doing. The location of the conference in relation to Seattle’s top tourist attractions is amazing. The Washington State Convention Center is so close to all of the best attractions that this blog post practically wrote itself. So, for those of you that don’t have time…


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3 Healthcare Social Media Policies Every Hospital Needs

By now, it’s no secret that social media has taken the world by storm and has rapidly changed the communication landscape. From Twitter and Facebook to LinkedIn and YouTube, the internet has become an outlet for people to share events, experiences and even, to vent. But what does this have to do with healthcare? Plenty.…


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3 Ways Hospitals can Prepare for Natural Disasters

As the recent hurricanes devastated Houston and Florida the rest of us looked on in disbelief, wondering to ourselves how we would fare if faced with such adversity. Our hearts growing heavier every minute that passed, wondering when the downpour would dissipate or waiting to hear from loved ones–unsure if they were able to evacuate…


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3 Changes the New HHS/OCR Director has Planned

Since being named the Trump Administration’s new director of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights, Roger Serverino has been hard at work to make a splash in the healthcare world. Recently he spoke at the 10th annual “Safeguarding Health Information” HIPAA conference, jointly hosted by OCR and the National Institute…


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How to Create Healthcare Mobile Policies and Procedures

With the digital age upon us, there is an undeniable trend of looking for better ways to simplify our lives. In particular, in professional settings where we lean heavily on mobile devices to increase accessibility and streamline workflow. However, as this dependency on technology grows, so too has the threat of losing valuable, personal information–as…


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5 Risks Associated with Using Mobile Devices in Healthcare

More and more, we not only in the healthcare industry but in general are growing reliant on technology to simplify the work we do and our lives. With it, however, comes a slew of problems in itself which technology has yet to catch up to. That is, securing and protecting information when using mobile devices…


CMS Final Payment Rule

CMS Final Payment Rule: 4 Things to Know

As with all decisions made by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, it’s important to be aware of any changes so that you may take appropriate action. In April of this year, the CMS had proposed numerous updates and changes to their Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and to the Long-Term Acute Care…


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How to Improve Healthcare Data Quality with Policy and Procedure Management

With compliance and regulations constantly changing, it’s no wonder that we’ve witnessed a slew of new solutions over the years designed to improve operational efficiencies in the healthcare industry. After all, all things–especially in healthcare–must progress with the times and the technology that is being offered. Despite this, poor data quality is still a common…


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7 Ways to Reduce Healthcare-Associated Legionnaires’ Disease

Does your facility have an effective water management system and policies to reduce healthcare associated legionnares’ disease? In its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) published on June 9, 2017, the CDC highlighted the issue of healthcare-associated Legionnaires’ disease (LD). An analysis of data from 21 jurisdictions in the US that reported ≥90% of Legionella infections…


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3 Surefire Ways to Mitigate Risk in Healthcare

Risk is all around us. This is why, in the world of healthcare, so much focus is placed on mitigating risk in order to keep patients and staff safe. It’s important, however, to keep in mind that it’s impossible to eliminate risk completely but any effort put towards mitigation can be tremendously positive. The problem…


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3 Features Nurses Look For In Their Policy Software

In today’s day and age, both our professional and personal lives revolve around technology. Out of all of the industries that technology plays a crucial role in, healthcare is definitely one of the most important. Healthcare professionals are responsible for improving and saving countless lives, so time is always of the essence. When you are…