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Patient Experience: Enhancing the Value of Your Relationships with Patients;

The Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) is one of the measures in the final rules for value-based purchasing under Medicare. Scoring at or below the median on HCAHPS will lower your hospital’s Medicare reimbursement. Superior scores will increase your Medicare payments. This is one example of a very discrete impact that Patient Experience will have on your hospital, but it is surely not the only kind of impact.

This raises an important question: What are the keys to an improved patient experience, higher patient satisfaction and superior HCAHPS scores for your organization?

At Courageous Healthcare, our assessment of the evidence leads us to conclude that there are three keys to an improved Patient Experience:

  1. Relationship-centered care. People interpret how they are treated by others as an indication of how important or valued they are to others. And care givers who understand they are in a relationship with a patient will gain more and better information about how to help that patient.
  2. A whole person perspective. That is, while we might focus on a particular system or organ or chemical imbalance, people experience their health as whole persons: bio-physical, psycho-emotional, socio-relational, and religio-spiritual.
  3. Adaptability. An ability to adapt creates opportunities for better problem solving and more rapid ongoing improvement. This is true for individual care givers and for entire organizations.

Courageous Healthcare’s Patient Experience program starts with an assessment of your current situation. For example, what do you see as your biggest challenges to optimal Patient Experience? And to what degree and by what means does your organization currently manifest the three keys?

The assessment leads to appropriate ways to implement and test simple, practical and concrete innovations targeted to improve specific aspects of the Patient Experience in your hospital.

Write to: mlj@courageoushealthcare.com< or call 407-733-1448.