CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) released new Patient Experience star ratings July 31, giving 266 hospitals nationwide a rating of five stars.
The federal administrator of the nation’s major healthcare programs assigned a patient experience star rating to 3,478 hospitals based on the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) scores collected from January 1 through December 31, 2019.
Ratings are derived from the HCAHPS survey, which is administered to a random sample of adult patients across all types of medical conditions between 48 hours and six weeks post-discharge. Surveys are not restricted to Medicare beneficiaries. To receive a rating, hospitals must have received at least 100 completed HCAHPS surveys over a given four-quarter period and be eligible for public reporting of the measures.
CMS gave 266 hospitals (8 percent) five stars for patient experience, the highest score a hospital can receive. Orange City Area Health System was one of 13 hospitals in Iowa to receive the five star rating.
A list of the 5-star hospitals in each state can be found here: https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/rankings-and-ratings/266-hospitals-with-5-cms-stars-for-patient-experience.html[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column _builder_version=”4.5.6″ _module_preset=”default” type=”1_3″][et_pb_image _builder_version=”4.5.6″ _module_preset=”default” title_text=”Best Healthcare Service Rating Close-up of Five Stars Drawing and Stethoscope on Doctors Medical Report Clipboard” src=”http://kpth130275site.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/iStock-1221342301.jpg” custom_margin=”8px|8px|8px|8px|false|false” custom_padding=”8px|8px|8px|8px|false|false” hover_enabled=”0″][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”4.5.6″ _module_preset=”default”][et_pb_row column_structure=”2_3,1_3″ _builder_version=”4.5.6″ _module_preset=”default”][et_pb_column type=”2_3″ _builder_version=”4.5.6″ _module_preset=”default”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.5.6″ _module_preset=”default” custom_margin=”8px|8px|8px|8px|false|false” custom_padding=”8px||8px|8px|false|false” hover_enabled=”0″]
-by Monica Aalbers, PT
Put down the phone or the remote – and pick up the weights! Today’s Live Healthy article will focus on the benefits of strength training. As physical therapists, my colleagues and I promote movement and strengthening on a daily basis not only for recovery but as a preventative health measure. Research has proven exercise to be one of the most powerful medicines for both our mental and physical health, yet it is frequently underutilized. As a movement specialist who has spent 20+ years of my life studying (and witnessing) the benefits of exercise, I feel compelled to bring more awareness to the subject. I am convinced that if more people truly understood the value of exercise, there would be less excuses and more action. Let’s learn!
Strength training is a key component of an exercise routine, yet often people unfortunately overlook it or even avoid it. I have heard all the excuses (and have even used some of them myself). I don’t have time. It’s too hard. I don’t know how. I might get hurt. I don’t want to get bulky. I don’t have access to a gym. It’s too late to start. Maybe you can relate to a few of these? Well that’s good… because the first step in starting an exercise routine is first identifying your barriers and then overcoming them. The process starts mentally before physically. You must have a deep enough why that compels you into action even when you don’t feel like it. You need to be mentally strong to become physically strong.
Strength training has many benefits. Let’s dive into a few of them!
Now that you have mentally overcome your barrier(s) to strength training and have learned the benefits of strength training, it’s time to get into action. Here are several pieces of advice from our movement specialist team to help you start safely and continue indefinitely.
Although I have many inspirational success stories of strength training that I could share about my patients, I will conclude with a personal testimony. I am a firm believer in practicing what I preach. All of my adult life, I have been consistent with staying active and eating healthy. However, if I am honest, strength training has been an area of my wellness routine that has been hit or miss. When setting my wellness goals in 2020, I committed to lifting weights 2x per week; no more excuses for me. I found an accountability partner. Even when the gyms shut down due to COVID-19, we stayed consistent in our homes. After 6 months of lifting weights, I have proof of these benefits in my own life. My most satisfying improvement was discovered in a lab draw. I lowered my cholesterol 40+ points without medication, supplements, or major dietary changes. I have stubborn, hereditary high cholesterol; so seeing a fairly big change was a major validation for me. In addition, my resting heart rate decreased. I lost weight and body fat percentage. I also met a personal goal of being able to lift a weight that I lifted years ago while attending Northwestern College. Yes, I learned this 40 year old body is capable of more than I thought. I share this story not to gloat, but to inspire. Our bodies can do amazing things if trained properly. Don’t sell yourself short! Believe in the resilient design of our miraculous bodies! I challenge you to be courageous and see for yourself the benefits of strength training![/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”1_3″ _builder_version=”4.5.6″ _module_preset=”default”][et_pb_image src=”http://kpth130275site.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Monica-Aalbers-portrait-2018-reduced.jpg” title_text=”Monica Aalbers portrait 2018 reduced” _builder_version=”4.5.6″ _module_preset=”default” custom_margin=”8px|8px|8px|8px|false|false” custom_padding=”8px|8px|8px|8px|false|false”][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]