The creation of payment penalties relating to 30-day hospital readmission rates has increased interest in identifying opportunities to avoid unnecessary readmissions to acute care hospitals.
The Poison Center network in the United States is an under-utilized system for patient care, consultative advice, public health, and care coordination.
Care transition is a vital, but often overlooked, step necessary to ensure effective patient flow and coordination between different settings of care. In this issue, we explore different examples of how care transitions affect the care provided to patients in different settings.
In December 2008, UPMC Mercy, a main hospital facility of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, became the only licensed inpatient detoxification service within Allegheny County.
Upstream Crisis Intervention is the fourth phase of our Alternate Destination Program which began in 2010 when our ALS ambulances began transporting low acuity patients to neighborhood healthcare centers.
It is a typical night in the Emergency Department (ED); the waiting room is crowded and a patient arrives in need of a mental health evaluation.
Emergency departments are more frequently being used for acute psychiatric emergencies and struggling to meet patient demand.
It's a common problem for many hospitals. Patients arrive in the ED who need to be admitted, but there are no available beds elsewhere in the hospital.