Wait times at emergency rooms across the country are soaring, as various hospitals report wait times far above the national average.
Mortality rates after common surgical procedures decrease dramatically if patients receive treatment in hospitals where nurses have managable workloads and hold bachelor's degrees, according to a study published in The Lancet.
Industry experts expect the declining inpatient volume trend to continue through the rest of 2014 and beyond, according to a Health Finance News post.
For this month's blog post, I planned to continue my theme of expensive variations in healthcare management, particularly the variation in executive salaries between for-profit and nonprofit facilities.
Conservative estimates demonstrate the median for-profit CEO salary is around $300,000, while the median nonprofit CEO salary ranges around $600,000. Setting the national standard at the for-profit median could mean a $1.5 billion drop in healthcare spending. I now join the ranks of those writers who recently called this variation the "800-pound gorilla." Read more...
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A Bloomberg News report describes what it calls a "heart surgery factory" at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City. But the practice of scheduling emergency procedures in order to maximize reimbursement is widespread, according to Forbes.
Postsurgical pain evaluations correlate with overall patient satisfaction scores during hospital stays, according to a new study presented at the American Academy of Pain Medicine's 30th Annual Meeting.
The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) should create a standardized national strategy for value-based purchasing, similar to the existing National Quality Strategy, argues a new study conducted by the RAND Corporation for HHS.
Hospital physicians can predict which patients will experience post-surgical complications and, in turn, reduce unplanned readmissions, using the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program predicted risk of major complications, a new study published in JAMA Surgery shows.
A new research project uses video interviews of patients talking about healthcare experience to trigger discussion among doctors, nurses, patients and their families in a new effort in the U.K. to collaborate and come up with ways to improve care, according to an announcement from the University of Oxford.
From Our Sister Sites
Doctors from Duke University, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the de Beaumont Foundation this week launched the "Practical Playbook," an initiative that aims to bring public health, primary care coordination and population health together through the use of health IT.
Rhode Island Hospital in Providence appears poised to become the first hospital in the nation to test Google Glass for real-time emergency room care.