by Melvin Ostlie, CHC Director of Information Technology
One line-item expense in every hospital budget regardless of facility size or location is telecommunications. Why do rural hospitals tend to pay more for telecom services than their urban counterparts? Carriers are able to charge for the expense of installing and maintaining communications to rural areas.
By Amy Boykin, CHC SVP of Quality, Patient Safety and Care Management
Hospital accreditation is considered a standard of excellence for safe, high-quality care. Accreditation helps organize and strengthen patient safety efforts, improves risk management and risk reduction, and provides deeming authority for Medicare certification.
By Doug Kent, CHC VP Internal Audit/Compliance Officer
As healthcare becomes more complex, there is also more emphasis being placed on financial considerations, and on preventing and detecting violations of state and federal healthcare laws. What can your hospital do? Start by creating a compliance program to self-police your hospital and staff activities. Since its inception in 1976, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S.