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CMS to withhold even more data from Open Payment database

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid will likely withhold more data upon the public launch of the Open Payments database, which aims to disclose potential conflicts of interest among doctors.

Not just for patients: Animal therapy benefits ER docs, nurses

Although hospitals have long used therapy dogs to help patients, the animals can also help relieve the stress of emergency room doctors and nurses who must handle life-and-death situations every day.

Community health workers reach patients doctors can't

Community health workers may help patients with conditions like diabetes in ways more traditional healthcare practitioners cannot, according to a New York Times blog post.

Urgent care centers compete with EDs for patients

Urgent care centers are drawing patients away from hospitals In Texas, where patients are increasingly opting for the centers for alergy treatments, stitches or x-rays of broken bones as a cheaper, speedier alternative to emergency departments.

Brief huddle, checklists improve patient safety at South Florida healthcare system

Pilots and flight crews have long relied on the use of checklists and brief huddles to prevent errors and the concept has made its way to healthcare, particular in operating rooms. In an exclusive interview with FierceHealthcare, Joseph Loskove, M.D., chief of anesthesia for Memorial Healthcare System, explains the success the system has had with crew resource management protocols and why it has expanded them to all procedural areas of its six hospitals.

 

 

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