Hospitals

Five years ago, the federal government announced it would begin fining hospitals if Medicare patients were discharged but had to come back.  Experts argued there was little incentive to follow-up on patients, since medical centers would make more money if people were re-admitted. 

Some hospital administrators dreaded the change, but at the University of Virginia, they’re excited to report dramatic reductions in re-admissions.
 

As a result of not expanding Medicaid in Virginia, a new state Work Group is examining how to offset rising healthcare costs and the money it passed up from the federal government.  

This includes conducting an analysis of so-called “provider assessments”—which could tax hospitals, nursing homes, and other facilities for specific services.

The provider assessments would enable Virginia to receive matching federal Medicaid dollars. Analyst Deborah Bachrach from Manatt says all of the potential models must follow the same guidelines.

Skype in the NICU

Sep 23, 2014

One of eight babies in this country is born prematurely.  Some will be under intensive care for months, while worried parents wait and wonder how their newborn is doing. 

At the University of Virginia’s Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit, nurses are trying something new to ease the anxiety of families and build trust with the medical team.  

Halima Walker sits in a rocking chair, holding her daughter Cora.  The baby was born at 23 weeks, weighing under two pounds and has been in neo-natal intensive care for more than 3 months.

UVA Medical Center

The University of Virginia Medical Center admits more than 28,000 patients a year and does nearly 54,000 outpatient surgeries.  

When you’re dealing with so many sick people, things are bound to occasionally go wrong, but the federal government ranks UVA below the national average in five of thirteen categories linked to patient safety.  That one man is leading the charge to eliminate medical mistakes at UVA, and he’s set up a war room to do the job.
 

A community mental health organization is in the spotlight, after this week's attack on State Senator Creigh Deeds and the apparent suicide of his son. 

The Richmond Times-Dispatch said Gus Deeds had undergone a psychiatric evaluation Monday, but he was not admitted for in-patient care, because no hospitals in the area had psychiatric beds available.

But several facilities in the region report that they could have admitted Gus Deeds.

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