Early this month, Congress delayed the implementation of ICD-10 as part of legislation that provided a one-year patch for the sustainable growth rate formula, a move that took the healthcare industry...
Peter L. Gosline, president and CEO of Monadnock Community Hospital in Petersborough, N.H., explains how lean Six Sigma strategies helped save the critical access hospital from layoffs and financial ruin.
As more states expand the scope of practice for nurse practitioners in an effort to combat the growing physician shortage, Remapping Debate explores the differences in training between the providers and whether those differences impact patient care.
Chuck Lauer is a former healthcare news publisher turned author and public speaker. I don't know his age, but he talks like my dad; a man from the "greatest generation." Men who pledge humanity, integrity, honesty and service. Men who make an effort to locate the owner of a lost $5 bill--like my dad.
Lauer's response to healthcare reform challenges, printed last month in Becker's Hospital Review, is huge. When he read the American College of Healthcare Executive's (ACHE) report that hospital CEO turnover grew to 20 percent in 2013, the highest rate since 1981, his reaction was like a slap in the face. Read more...
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When a few doctors at the University of Utah Health Care read bad online reviews about themselves, they took matters into their own hands and started posting patients' reviews of facility doctors on their own hospital's website, Kaiser Health News reported.
In an effort to reduce overcrowded emergency departments, many hospitals look to shift patients who don't have critical or life-threatening conditions to more appropriate care settings. One Massachusetts hospital's recent partnership with an urgent care center shows promise that other hospitals and healh systems may want to consider.
As hospitals focus more on quality measures and lowering readmissions, they also look to cut back on diagnostic errors, which occur in about 5 percent of U.S. adults, accumulating in as many as 12 million outpatient diagnostic errors each year, according to a study published in the BMJ Quality & Safety.
Hospitals must do a better job of enforcing hand-washing rules, especially for nurses, to counter "unacceptable and avoidable" hospital infection rates, according to new guidance from the U.K.'s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
The Census Bureau plans to change its annual survey so drastically that it may be difficult to determine the effectiveness of the Affordable Care Act, reports the New York Times.
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With HIPAA audits this fall expected to be more narrow in focus, healthcare organizations and their business associates must ensure that their documentation is meticulous, according to Adam Green, a privacy attorney with Washington, D.C.-based law firm Davis Wright Tremaine.
Effective integration with a health information exchange isn't easy, but there are ways to shorten the roadblocks and develop a comprehensive HIE strategy. To that end, Sean Kennedy, director of health information exchange at the Massachusetts eHealth Institute and Nicole Heim, CIO Milford (Mass.) Regional Medical Center, speaking Wednesday at the Healthcare Business Intelligence Forum in Washington, D.C., shared their experiences with HIE integration.