As providers in the United States focus on patient-centered healthcare, the importance of patient safety increases. Some threats to patient safety are obvious, such as preventable medical errors, hospital-acquired infections and hospital violence. But these more obvious examples are far from the only obstacles to a safe patient population. To improve outcomes, healthcare leaders must consider other, less expected threats. FierceHealthcare breaks down four of these patient safety hazards
The drive toward accountable care that rewards doctors based on quality has the nation's small practices--and even some of the larger ones--courting hospital and health system buyers. FierceHealthcare examines the quesitons physician practices need to consider to help them decide whether joining a health system or hospital is right for them.
As care coordination gains popularity in the healthcare industry, especially within accountable care organizations, healthcare leaders must ensure their teams of doctors, nurses and staff use the most efficient communication processes possible to protect their patients and organizations' bottom lines.
With national healthcare leaders and federal regulators focusing now more than ever on how to achieve the triple aim of healthcare--reduced costs, better outcomes and improved patient experience--experiments on the best way to achieve this sprout up throughout the country.\
One of the major movements in recent years is a push toward care coordination--the implementation of best practices so that patient care among different healthcare partners like hospitals, pharmacies, nursing homes and primary care physicians is harmonized and best serves the patient. The concept of care coordination has been around for decades, but is only just now maturing.
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Add hospitalists to the growing list of medical professionals who are concerned about the federal government requirements for short inpatient stays.
As the face of hospital and health system leadership changes to those who aren't necessarily from a healthcare background, tensions between doctors and their business school managers are on the rise and patients could suffer, according to a Bloomberg Businessweek article.
At least 20 protesters were arrested Wednesday during a Service Employees International Union-organized demonstration in front of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center headquarters, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Following the release of an Institute of Medicine report that proposes sweeping changes in how graduate medical education is funded, teaching hospital leaders worry about the proposal's implications, Hospitals & Health Networks Daily reports.
An audit released this week by the Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare system uncovered even more cases of fraud, data manipulation and staff intimidation to cover up extreme delays in care.
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As a way of paying for quality rather than volume, many insurers are moving away from a fee-for-service payment model toward a value-based reimbursement process that focuses more on transparency and accountability, FierceHealthPayer previously reported. To better understand the benefits of a value-based payment model operates, spoke with California-based Kaiser Permanente's Jack Cochran (pictured), M.D., FACS, executive director of the Permanente Federation in an exclusive interview.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday released draft guidance on a wide ranging list of medical devices--many of which fall into the mobile healthcare spectrum--which the agency believes do not require premarket notification review for safety and effectiveness.