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The ultimate patient experience: High-quality care plus free Wi-Fi and 42-inch televisions

A newly opened hospital in Texas bets that the facility designed by physicians to provide patients with the ultimate patient-centered experience will give it an edge in the marketplace, Healthcare Finance News reports.

Hospitals waste $11 billion a year on inefficient communication

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.

Tennessee hospital quality program cuts complications 20%, saves 533 lives

Hospitals participating in the Tennessee Surgical Quality Collaborative saved more than 500 lives and cut costs by more than $75 million.

Should hospitals bear more responsibility for mentally ill?

With more and more stories of mental health patients injuring and killing healthcare worker across the country--most recently in Pennsylvania--hospitals and health systems need to focus more on treating mental illness, author Caroline Hamilton writes in Security Info Watch.

Shake up hospital hierarchies to deliver better care

To provide the best possible healthcare, hospitals must shake up their rigid hierarchies, argues an opinion piece in Forbes.

Essential building blocks for patient-centered medical homes

Insurers must implement certain foundational factors to build a successful patient-centered medical home, including strong leadership and staff commitment to the care model, adequate information technology and effective patient engagement tools, reported Health IT Analytics.

Nursing extremes: CA hospital eliminates positions, while Missouri seeks nurse educators

The future of nursing is as unpredictable as ever, with one California hospital eliminating skilled nursing positions, while a shortage of nurse educators leaves Missouri working to recruit more teachers into the profession.

Preventable medical error reporting still lacking in some hospitals

Preventable errors in hospitals still cause hundreds of thousands of death in the U.S. each year, but in some states such as Maryland, the exact number isn't readily available even though hospitals are supposed to report serious medical errors to state regulators an investigative article from the Baltimore Sun revealed.

St. Louis health system may lose doctors over new pay model

Doctors affiliated with Mercy Health in St. Louis are unhappy with the health system's new compensation model and say they may not sign the new contracts, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. 

Fist-bumps, high-fives more hygienic than handshakes

A new study in the American Journal of Infection Control provides further evidence that fist-bumps are a more hygienic alternative to handshakes or high-fives in a healthcare setting.

Sanders, Miller announce tentative VA deal

The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans' Affairs committees have reached a tentative deal on Veterans Affairs reform legislation, according to the Associated Press.

Union battles, layoff threats make nurses the auto-workers of the 21st century

Just as car manufacturing defined industry in the 20th century, healthcare, which employes one in 10 workers, drives the 21st century, and today's nurses find themselves in the same position as their former auto worker counterparts, according to The Economist.

One dead, two injured in Pennsylvania hospital shooting

A shooting at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital campus in Yeadon, Pennsylvania Thursday left one mental health caseworker dead, a doctor wounded and the suspected shooter critically injured, the Delaware County Daily Times reported.

House, Senate leaders deadlock on VA fix

The leadership of the House and Senate committees on veterans' affairs hit a stalemate Thursday over their respective legislation to aid veterans hurt by the Veterans Affairs scandal, Reuters reported.

Hospitals must address employee fraud reports with procedural fairness

As the government makes it easier for hospital employees to report fraud and quality issues, and as social media gives disgruntled employees an outlet to air dirty laundry, hospitals must work employees to make them feel comfortable addressing concerns internally, Hospitals & Health Networks reported.

How providers can engage, empower patients

As healthcare becomes increasingly patient-centered, providers must engage their patients and empower them to become partners in their own care, argues a Health Affairs blog post.

There's no place for disruptive behavior in healthcare

Has the healthcare industry gone too far in cracking down on disruptive behavior? Is it okay for doctors to be rude, dismissive and act like jerks if they have superior surgical skills? Those are the questions raised this week in an article that explored whether the patient satisfaction movement has gone too far and perhaps, in some cases, disruptive physicians aren't so bad.

Why disruptive docs may not be so bad after all

Has the patient satisfaction movement gone too far? Maybe so, according to Becker's Hospital Review, which calls into question the zerio tolerance approach to disruptive doctors, who may actually be better physicians than their counterparts with good bedside manners.

 

4 pillars for physician engagement

As shifts in healthcare bring a more intent focus on team-based care and coordination, hospitals can boost physician engagement using a framework inspired by the "father of modern sociology," Max Weber, according to an article in Harvard Business Review.

Less-educated workers enter healthcare

The recent surge in healthcare jobs favors positions requiring less education, providing a potential pathway for lower-paid workers, according to a new report from the Brookings Institution.