The gunfire that erupted in broad daylight outside Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis was the third shooting incident in hospitals this week and the latest in a wave of increasing violence nationwide. Although the shooting shattered windows and glass doors, the emergency room was back to normal operation in less than half an hour
MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio reduced hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) and raised hand-washing compliance to 97.6 percent across various clinical units, The Plain Dealer reported.
Sharp HealthCare in San Diego dropped out of the Medicare Pioneer accountable care organization program, citing fundamental flaws in the program, according to the company's third quarter financial statement.
I first learned about the ALS ice bucket challenge earlier this month when a friend posted a video of herself on Facebook accepting the challenge in honor of Peter Frates, credited by many as the mastermind of or inspiration for the campaign. He happens to live in my hometown and suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease.
I was intrigued by her 30-second video, which challenged my other friends to dump ice water on their heads or donate $100 for ALS research. Within days videos began to pop up all over my news feed, on You Tube and on local TV news.
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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.
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 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 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.
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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Stage 2 of the Meaningful Use incentive program will be extended through 2016 for certain providers and Stage 3 will begin in 2017 for providers who first became meaningful users of electronic health records in 2011 or 2012 based on a final rule announced today by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Highmark Inc. has been taking some heat lately over its pricing in West Virginia, where it has no competitors in the HealthCare.gov marketplace.