Alzheimers assoc urges better staffing practices at public hospitals
By Jeff Voll,
BOCA RATON FLORIDA – BOCA RATON, Fla. (Feb. 11, 2015) – The Boca Raton Community Hospital Board of Trustees adopted an interim staffing policy on Wednesday that directs staff not to ask patients for proof of a current address when우리카지노 making medical recommendations. “This could lead to patients having to be referred back to a local hospital or a third-party source who isn’t an established relationship,” said BOCA Chairman Tom Alzheimer. “That’s unacceptable to everyone involved and to our patients.”
The hospital is also encouraging other public hospitalsjarvees.com to implement the same staffing standards. BOCA RATON is not the first publicly funded hospital to adopt similar hiring practices. The Boca Raton City Hospital Board does the same. The recommendations were adopted to address increasing demand for medical services that comes from rising health care costs in Florida. A recent study showed Florida hospitals are spending more than six times as much per capita on Medicare and Medicaid, more than the national average, and their services are at risk for increasing demand.
“The recommendations were written to foster greater care coordination across institutions. The intention was to develop a more common language between facilities so that patients with different need더킹카지노s have equal access to appropriate care regardless of whether the facilities have similar staffs,” Alzheimer said. “The goal is to create a more efficient health care system and to reduce unnecessary hospital visits.”
The hospital board agreed to adopt the interim staffing policy under the guidance of its Board of Trustees and its consultant. Staff members will continue to work to revise the policy to ensure it is applied equally across all public hospitals.
After reviewing all the medical malpractice cases filed by BOCA hospitals in fiscal year 2016, the Medical Administrative Review Board found no evidence that BOCA hospitals have engaged in a pattern of medical malpractice.
“The Boca Raton hospital has adopted the recommendations and is in the process of revising its management culture, as evidenced by recommendations from the Medical Administrative Review Board,” said Hospital Administration Director Bruce Meehan. “If the new staff members feel there is a need for additional patient service professionals, then they will be notified through the hospital. We appreciate the work the Medical Administrative Review Board has done and look forward to continuing to work to further enhance our system.”
During the course of this review the hospital will use an inpatient or outpatient model to manage their health car