Tag Archives: Change

Health systems need to change how they look at waste to reduce costs, expert says

Health systems need to rethink how they view wasteful practices to reduce costs, according to Rhonda Stewart, the senior transformation sensei at the Virginia Mason Institute. “What I want to talk about is to hopefully inspire [health systems] to think about reducing costs differently,” she said in a session at the Healthcare Financial Management Association… Read More »

A Change in Medicare Has Therapists Alarmed

In late September, a woman in her 70s arrived at a skilled nursing facility in suburban Houston after several weeks in the hospital. Her leg had been amputated after a long-ago knee replacement became infected; she also suffered from diabetes, depression, anxiety and general muscular weakness. An occupational therapist named Susan Nielson began working with… Read More »

Doctors can change opioid prescribing habits. Incrementally.

When they started practicing medicine, most surgeons say, there was little or no information about just how many pain pills patients needed after specific procedures. As a result, patients often were sent home with the equivalent of handfuls of powerful and addictive medications. Then the opioid crisis hit, along with studies showing one possible side effect of… Read More »