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(Vice)   Hospital food is about to get better. Thanks, Obama   (munchies.vice.com) divider line 10
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2014-08-13 07:13:37 PM  
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Barfmaker: grumpfuff: My mother spent a few days in a hospital about a month ago, and while there she ate better than I do at home.

WTF kind of shiat do you eat at home? Or, WTF kind of hospital did your mom stay at?


OR.
What kind of hospital do YOU go to where the food is crap?
Where I live the hospitals are in competition with each other, and the food is quite good.
They even take requests.
2014-08-13 05:32:23 PM  
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fta: But here's what's really going on. The ACA reduces Medicare reimbursement payments to hospitals with excess patient readmission rates (as determined by this formula). To help lower readmission rates, many major food service providers have committed to serving lighter food that isn't smothered in cream sauce, slathered in butter, or battered and fried; meals that would make a healthy person feel like complete shiat, too.

So serving healthier food leads to lower readmission rates which equals more Medicare reimbursement?

Sounds complicated but if it improves hospital food quality I'm for it.
2014-08-14 02:47:12 AM  
1 votes:
Just spent another night and day in the hospital.  They put me one what they call a "clear liquid diet," which means a broth loaded with enough salt to give an elephant hypertension and a carton of water, high fructose corn syrup and "natural" flavors which they actually had the audacity to call "juice."  The concept of nutrition is completely foreign to hospitals.  If hospital food improves, it'll be a miracle and I'll say "Thanks, Obama" most sincerely.
2014-08-13 11:38:00 PM  
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TommyymmoT: Barfmaker: grumpfuff: My mother spent a few days in a hospital about a month ago, and while there she ate better than I do at home.

WTF kind of shiat do you eat at home? Or, WTF kind of hospital did your mom stay at?

OR.
What kind of hospital do YOU go to where the food is crap?
Where I live the hospitals are in competition with each other, and the food is quite good.
They even take requests.


Here they've got delivery service to the rooms, with a full menu.  It's pretty good eats, too; at least at St Mary's.

One of the hospice care facilities, Agrace (may have spelled that wrong), has a cafeteria with ala carte food available to the public, and people that work in that part of town go there for lunch.
2014-08-13 10:17:59 PM  
1 votes:
theinsultabot9000:

maxheck: Bathysphere:

After my appendectomy, the hospital gave me black forest cake. It was delicious. In the psychiatric ward, the food is nasty. They serve decaffeinated coffee with every meal and encourage you to drink it, even if you don't like coffee. CSB.

One of those weird little things you learn... After you have a spinal tap the first thing they tell you to do is go down to the coffee shop and chug the biggest, most caffinated coffee they have. Don't know if they were getting kickbacks from the coffee shop in the lobby, but it seemed to be common knowledge.
What the heck are you going to say to people who stick needles in your spine?

Stop it?


Good point. Other weird thing you learn is that when they do the spinal taps is they invite basically the hottest nurse of the opposite gender to "observe."

They don't do a darn thing, they're just there in the room to keep your mind occupied. Heard the same thing from female subjects, they got the hot guy nurses.

Also, pack sandals. Your back will be too farked up to bend over far enough to lace shoes.
2014-08-13 09:18:31 PM  
1 votes:
UCLA Ronald Reagan had a full menu with breakfast, lunch and dinner on it. It cost 15 bucks to get an extra plate for a visitor but there was little limit on what you could order other than whatever dietary restrictions you had. Ate pretty well there.
2014-08-13 09:13:53 PM  
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Those HCAHP (say "H-Cap") scores are driving  EVERYTHING in the hospital workplace right now - In some ways its a decent idea but it is horribly flawed in execution.

A) Full compensation rates are based on an "Always" answer to a serious of questions about the hospital experience of the patient, "Almost Always" being one possible answer right below.

Now, I don't know about everyone in the world but there are people like my father in law who has NEVER NEVER NEVER been 100% satisfied with anything, at any time and under any circumstances - he will never answer "Always" to any of those questions.  He feels that "Almost Always" represents a very satisfactory experience and would answer as such, even if the nursing staff killed 4 RN's waiting on him hand and foot 24 hours a day... and the hospital gets dinged in repayment.

B) Salaries are the #1 area for cost savings in a hospital - when HCAP scores are not bringing home the bacon the hospitals have responded by tightening the screws on hours/salary.  I have more than a couple of nurses in my immediate friends and family circle - they were given a "clock out of your shift on time OR ELSE" speech - no overtime, no extended shifts to do all the charting they couldnt do while running around all day and night.  So even though they already have too many patients they have to actively IGNORE them now in order to complete all the bookkeeping/charting that nursing work requires.  Surprise, surprise, their patients are not really inclined to answer "Always" when rating their nursing care.

C) The survey is mailed to you a week or so after your visit.  Pissed off people are still pissed off a week letter and are happy to downgrade every answer.  People who were happy and well cared for look at that survey and say "No one got time for dat...." and in the trash it goes.  Response rates are under 20%.... and this determines how much money the hospital gets in return.

Not a bad idea (shiatty service deserves shiatty compensation) but the current format is pants on head retarded.
2014-08-13 07:51:21 PM  
1 votes:
If they just served some decent veggies I'd be happy.

/frequent flier so I'm getting a kick
2014-08-13 07:44:12 PM  
1 votes:
The food is great at the hospital where my wife is getting her treatment (Kaiser).  I was shocked at how big the room service menu was, and how cheap the food is in the cafeteria.  It won't win any awards, but it was better than most fast food places, and there were plenty of healthy options.
2014-08-13 07:39:13 PM  
1 votes:
I've never had hospital food as a patient, but the stuff in the cafeteria is usually pretty good. Although their standards of burgers and fries are hardly healthy.
 
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