When It Comes to Cost and Quality of Hospital Care, Nurse Tenure and Teamwork Count 

Jill Tucker, RN says: “Nurse-to-patient hospital staffing ratios continue to be challenged as institutions seek cost cuts and shift the care burden onto fewer nurses. But a recent study indicates that patient hospital stays are shorter (and less costly) when staff nurses have greater tenure, and that nurse teams are more efficient the longer they remain together.” When It Comes to Cost and Quality of Hospital Care, Nurse Tenure and Teamwork Count RWJF.org  May 27, 2014

2024-02-20T12:53:02+00:00May 27th, 2014|News|

The People’s Hospital: Cost, Transparency, and Hospital Care in the Middle of China  

Jill Tucker, RN says: “Hospital care in China can be markedly different than patient care in the West. Privacy is non-existent, and patients are often forced to pay hospital bills on a daily basis—or face being discharged, even if the treatment is not complete. But hospital tests in China are limited—avoiding the over-testing that plagues American hospitals. And requiring patients to pay daily can actually keep prices in check.” The People’s Hospital: Cost, Transparency, and Hospital Care in the Middle of China Blogs.sph.harvard.edu  January 10, 2014 

2024-02-20T12:53:24+00:00January 10th, 2014|News|

The Thousand-Dollar Pap Smear 

Jill Tucker, RN says: “Who is responsible when a procedure as routine, and as life-saving, as a Pap smear shows up as a four-figure item on a patient's medical bill? Should the doctor know the accumulated costs of all the tests that are being ordered? Are labs becoming more savvy by marketing multiple-test packages? And will the specter of sticker-shock keep women from undergoing important screenings?” The Thousand-Dollar Pap Smear New England Journal of Medicine.org  October 17, 2013

2019-01-20T17:29:34+00:00October 17th, 2013|News|

Hospital-Acquired Infections Cost $10 Billion a Year: Study  

Jill Tucker, RN says: “Hospitals can be bad for your health. At least one out of every 20 patients who are admitted to a hospital will pick up an infection there. And the bill for these hospital-acquired infections approaches $10 billion annually. Personalized nursing care can keep you out of a hospital and away from the institutionalized negligence that leads to the spread of infections.” Hospital-Acquired Infections Cost $10 Billion a Year: Study Health.USNews.com  September 3, 2013 

2019-01-20T17:51:30+00:00September 3rd, 2013|News|

Why Doctors Are Reluctant to Take Responsibility for Rising Medical Costs  

Jill Tucker, RN says: “Doctors face many pressures in the rapidly changing health care field. 15-minute patient visits provide just enough time to address questions required for electronic medical records, and doctors find themselves spending more time in front of a computer than with their patients. Are doctors doing enough to contain costs? Do they have the time and ability to do more?” Why Doctors Are Reluctant to Take Responsibility for Rising Medical Costs The Atlantic.com  August 14, 2013 

2019-01-20T17:50:03+00:00August 14th, 2013|News|