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From the battlefield to the medical field: Growing physician leaders

Guest post by Mark Hertling, who leads programs for global partnering, leadership, development and health performance strategies at Florida Hospital in Orlando. Physicians, hospitals and a variety...

'Weekend effect' may not result in an increase in patient deaths after all

A new national study in England, published today in the Journal of Health Services Research and Policy, says the death rate following a weekend hospital admission is higher only because the number of patients admitted to hospitals on weekends is lower.

Nurse association promotes 'culture of safety' in healthcare

In the wake of a new report that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S., the American Nurses Association is urging healthcare professionals to keep safety in mind during National Nurses Week, which begins today.

Johns Hopkins All Children's CEO touts clinician leaders, investments

As part of All Children's Hospital's full integration with Johns Hopkins Medicine, the hospital has embraced clinician leadership and investments in transnational research, CEO Jonathan Ellen, M.D., told Hospitals & Health Networks.

CDC unveils new campaign to improve hand-hygiene compliance

As a part of World Hygiene Day on Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched a new campaign to promote good hand-hygiene habits for healthcare professionals and patients.

FDA cancels recall of superbug-linked scope cleaners

The Food and Drug Administration has backed off a planned recall of machines used to clean medical scopes despite warnings that public health depended on it, according to Kaiser Health News.

Number of Catholic hospitals in US has grown 22% since 2001

The number of Catholic-owned or affiliated hospitals in the United States has grown by 22 percent since 2001, and now 1 in 6 acute care beds is in a hospital connected to the church, according to a report released by MergerWatch.

HHS awards $260 million in funding to 290 health centers

The Department of Health and Human services awarded $260 million in funding to 290 health centers located in 45 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, the department announced Wednesday.

New standards double Pennsylvania patient-harm reporting

A year after a patient safety agency implemented standardized adverse event reporting procedures statewide, a new report shows improvement in self reporting at Pennsylvania hospitals.

IHO head Eugene Litvak pioneers hospital efficiency measures

From humble U.S. beginnings as a near-penniless immigrant from the Soviet Union, Eugene Litvak has risen up the ranks to become one of the leading voices in hospital operations management. helping hospitals across the country increase revenue and reduce medical errors and ER wait times. 

 

Washington holds title as top state for nurses

For the second consecutive year, Washington is the best state for nurses, while Louisiana is the worst, according to an analysis from WalletHub.

A culture of patient safety requires education, daily strategies

Seventeen years after the National Patient Safety Foundation's landmark "To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System" report and new research that finds medical errors are the nation's third-leading cause of death, patient safety stands at a crossroads, according to a commentary published in JAMA.

Collaborative efforts key to medical error data collection

Adjustments on how the healthcare industry collects data on medical errors, especially those that lead to patient death, must be a "collaborative effort," Institute for Healthcare Improvement Vice President Frank Federico tells FierceHealthcare in an exclusive interview.

Superbug threat grows in DC hospitals

Hospitals in the District of Columbia are a crucial way station for antibiotic-resistant superbugs, according to a new report from the D.C. Hospital Association,

30% of antibiotics prescribed are inappropriate

A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association estimates that 30 percent of antibiotics prescribed between 2010 and 2011 were inappropriate.

3 ways to manage patient expectations in the ER

The shift to patient-centered care can create conflicts in the emergency room when a doctor's diagnosis and suggested course of treatment doesn't meet patient expectations. Here are three ways to defuse the tension when patients disagree with clinical decision-making.

Medical errors officially the third leading cause of death in U.S., study finds

Medical error is the third leading cause of death in U.S., behind only heart disease and cancer, according to a study published in The BMJ.

AHA16: Andy Slavitt says CMS wants to help hospitals drive change

As they discussed their health policy priorities Tuesday at the American Hospital Association's annual conference, two top officials in the Obama administration emphasized the federal government wants to collaborate with healthcare leaders as it strives to transform the delivery system.

 

AHRQ: Care disparities persist despite progress

Despite improvements in both care access and care quality, a new report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality finds racial and economic disparities persist in healthcare.

Shortages of key emergency care drugs persist, study finds

Even with legislation to improve shortages in the nation's drug supply, a shortfall remains for acute and critical care drugs, according to new research.