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Nurses and patient satisfaction

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I don’t know how much emphasis your hospital places on patient satisfaction scores, but the government sure is starting to weight in heavily. In fact, soon reimbursement will be partially tied into what’s called your HCAHPS score.

This stands for Hospital Care Quality Information from the Consumer Perspective. The goal of the HCAHPS instrument is to be able to compare hospitals on the same playing field.

The survey has 27 questions about perspectives on care and patient rating items that include eight key topics. These topics include communication with nurses and doctors, pain management, information, cleanliness and more.

At my hospital, this is becoming a big deal…improving patient satisfaction scores is a hot topic on everyone’s mind. I agree that we should always strive to have high patient/customer satisfaction but this burden shouldn’t just fall on the hospital’s shoulders. What about satisfaction scores for insurance companies or employers’ benefit packages?

If we are all in this health care boat together, then we should all get surveyed and rated together! Many patient dissatisfiers are out of our control like insurance reimbursement and approved medications. But the patients don’t always see it from this point of view and blame the front line staff which includes, of course, nurses and doctors.

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Let me know what you guys think about this topic, I think it’s the next big health care debate!

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Rebekah Child

Rebekah Child attended the University of Southern California for her bachelor's in nursing and decided to brave the academic waters and return for her master's in nursing education, graduating in 2003 from Mount St. Mary's. Rebekah has also taught nursing clinical and theory at numerous Southern California nursing schools and has been an emergency nurse since 2002. She is currently one of the clinical educators for an emergency department in Southern California and a student (again!) in the doctoral program at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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