Cleveland Clinic’s division of general internal medicine decided to try “geographic rounding” after a patient satisfaction survey revealed that many patients were unhappy that “my doctor is never around.” That sentiment is starting to change now that hospitalists spend more time actually talking with patients and less time getting to them.
Not long ago, a patient’s advanced age was a serious, potentially prohibitive risk factor when considering surgery. But innovations in surgical techniques, better patient care, and improving attitudes towards aging have led to octogenarians routinely surviving surgery and often significantly benefiting from it, allowing them to enjoy an improved quality of life for a decade or more afterward
Two experts summarize best practices
New research on heart failure, elderly surgery at AHA Scientific Sessions
In accordance with a law passed by Congress late in 2006, physicians and other eligible professionals are able to receive bonus payments of a percentage (increased to 2%) of their total allowed Medicare charges, subject to a cap, by submitting information for defined quality measures.