VIDEO: Jun Chiong, MD, Speaks About Readmission Rates for CHF, Pneumonia, and COPD
Jun Chiong, MD, MPH, FACC, FCCP, Associate Professor of Medicine, Loma Linda University Medical Center, states the US healthcare system does not utilize a team-based approach. Dr Chiong says that hosiptals, home healthcare workers, and private physicians act as their own entity. He also says that communication between the provider and patient is the best way to reduce 30-day readmissions for pneumonia, congestive heart failure, and COPD.
This video was taken on Sunday, October 21 at the CHEST 2012 conference in Atlanta, GA.
In "What Does the Affordable Care Act Actually Do?," presented by Ivor Douglas, MD, Associate Professor, University of Colorado Denver, Chief, Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine Director, Medical Intensive Care, Denver Health Medical Center, at the ATS 2013 International Conference, Dr Douglas noted that fundamental issues driving the Affordable Care Act (ACA) include access, quality, and cost.
Richard Channick, MD, Director, Pulmonary Hypertension and Thromboendarterectomy Program, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, spoke at the 2013 American Thoracic Society International Conference as part of a session featuring the Clinical Trials in Pulmonary Hypertension.
In this video, Richard Channick, MD, Director, Pulmonary Hypertension and Thromboendarterectomy Program, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, speaks about the use of Macitentan for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH).
Colin Cooke, MD, MSc, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, says that hospitals with higher readmission rates that treat patients with acute myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, and pneumonia will be penalized due to healthcare reform.
The panel at the American Thoracic Society 2013 International Conference continued discussions that suggested high rates of hospital readmissions may be an indicator of poor initial treatment, or failure to coordinate care. Further, these rates, which varied dramatically from hospital to hospital, were often excessively expensive.
Scott Halpern, MD, PhD, discussed the Choosing Wisely campaign with his opening presentation on “The History of and Rationale for the Choosing Wisely Campaign.” As most healthcare providers know, healthcare spending per capita in the United States is significantly higher than most other countries.