SOURCE: Emmi Solutions, LLC

July 23, 2015 09:00 ET

Research Reveals Hospitals Using Multimedia Patient Engagement Programs Report Higher HCAHPS Scores

Findings Based on Data From 29 U.S. Hospitals Over 8 Years

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - July 23, 2015) - Emmi Solutions, a leader in outcomes-driven patient engagement, analyzed nearly 100,000 HCAHPS surveys from multiple service lines in 29 hospitals across the country and demonstrated that patients who viewed one of the company's web-based, interactive programs reported higher patient satisfaction scores when compared with patients who had not.1 Patient satisfaction scores have always been important to providers but now that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are tying reimbursements to HCAHPS scores, increasing scores has become a business imperative. Based in part on these scores, hospitals can either lose or gain up to 1.5% of their Medicare payments in fiscal year 2015 and over the next few years, CMS will increase it to 2% of reimbursement dollars. With a growing amount of revenue at stake, hospital leaders are looking for strategies to improve the patient experience and boost their HCAHPS scores.

Emmi Solutions' multimedia programs were prescribed to patients to help simplify complex health information and guide them through vital information concerning an upcoming procedure and post-discharge recovery or self-management of their chronic condition. The company's technology platform enables tracking and documentation of individuals' interactions with the programs so HCAHPS scores could be compared between the two cohorts. Further information on the research can be found here, but key statistics include:

  • 100% of hospitals improved their aggregate HCAHPS Top Box percentage2
  • 86% of hospitals improved in the "Doctor Communication" dimension3
  • 69% of hospitals improved by 4% or more in the "Overall Rating" dimension3
  • 59% of hospitals improved in the "Nurse Communication" dimension3

"We have been helping our clients to improve their patients' experience and satisfaction with their care for more than 13 years; this comprehensive study reflects the anecdotal feedback we hear every day," said Geri Lynn Baumblatt, Emmi's Executive Director of Patient Engagement. "By giving people essential health information in a way they can easily understand it and by helping to facilitate open communication, patients are ultimately more prepared for their hospital stay. The data shows this approach can definitely lead to providers reporting higher HCAHPS scores and better clinical outcomes."

To learn more about Emmi Solutions, visit: www.emmisolutions.com

About Emmi Solutions
Emmi® programs and call campaigns deliver actionable health information to patients via multiple modalities -- including computers, mobile phones and tablets -- at key moments across the continuum of care. Emmi's ability to connect with patients in language they understand at a time they are ready to learn and through the devices they already use has been demonstrated to help healthcare providers reduce costs, increase revenue and improve outcomes. Their technology allows providers to track the delivery and consumption of information to measure the clinical and financial impact of patient engagement and meet regulatory guidelines. The web-based platform requires no installation or maintenance and can be used in stand-alone mode or fully integrated into existing systems. For more information, visit www.emmisolutions.com. Follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook and LinkedIn.

1 95,469 HCAHPS surveys, provided by 29 hospitals

2 Confidence Level > 90% for 28 of 29 hospitals using Odds Ratio test

3 Improvements indicate positive differences from Emmi program viewers vs. non-viewers with Odds Ratio Confidence Level > 90%

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