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Medicare ACO results show some success, need for change

The early evidence on accountable care organizations in the Medicare Shared Savings Program indicates that while these ACOs have made some headway in savings and care quality, changes to the program could make them more successful, according to Health Affairs.

Healthcare CEOs predict increased focus on consumers, population health for 2015

Improved care quality, lower costs and preparation for the healthcare industry's transition to a value-based model will top healthcare CEOs' agendas this year, according to the Huron Consulting Group's annual Healthcare CEO Forum Report.

Ebola epidemic slows in West Africa as WHO continues containment efforts

Fewer cases of Ebola have been reported in West Africa this past week, but the World Health Organization said public health officials must continue to pursue efforts to curb the deadly virus.

New superbug danger: Patients sickened by infected endoscopes

The use of contaminated endoscopes infected scores of patients in Pittsburgh, Seattle and Chicago hospitals with a deadly, drug-resistant infection, according to recent reports, underscoring the danger posed by the "looming global crisis" of such superbugs.

Using social media for community engagement: A success story

Guest post by Scott Cashman, chief administrative officer of Cape Coral Hospital, part of the Lee Memorial Health System in southwest Florida, and Nancy Travis, the hospital's director of...

Nurse practitioner field experiences 'explosive growth'

The number of nurse practitioners has nearly doubled over the past 10 years, jumping from 106,000 to 205,000 as of Dec. 31, 2014, according to a statement from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Researchers want new way to evaluate medical schools

The medical community needs to develop a more scientific approach to evaluate the quality of American medical schools than the survey-based U.S. News & World Report rankings it has primarily relied upon, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Hospitals reassess security after Boston surgeon shooting, but is threat overstated?

In the wake of this week's fatal shooting at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital, hospitals in the area will revisit their security plans, the Boston Globe reports. But despite the number of hospital shootings in the news recently, their overall frequency may be overstated, according to Becker's Hospital Review.

What will 'precision medicine' mean for providers?

President Barack Obama's comments in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday evening got the healthcare world abuzz about "precision medicine"--but what exactly that will mean for the industry remains unclear.

Obama State of the Union address: Increase personalized medicine, tighten cybersecurity

President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address on Tuesday night touted two proposals that could alter the healthcare landscape this year: Personalized medicine and cybersecurity.

5 lessons from hospitals' discharge tools

Hospitals can learn several lessons from the discharge planning process, according to a new case study from the American Hospital Association.

Massachusetts makes headway in malpractice reform

Massachusetts policies have made it easier for patients and providers to avoid malpractice litigation, Kaiser Health News reported. 

VA settles 25 whistleblower complaints

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel announced Tuesday that since last April, it has offered relief to a total of 25 whistleblowers who faced retaliation for exposing wrongdoing at VA facilities.

Hospital violence: Boston hospital prepared for active shooting event

In the latest in a series of violent, often fatal incidents in hospitals, a man shot and killed a cardiac surgeon at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital before turning the gun on himself, according to the Boston Globe. No one else was hurt, in part because the hospital trained for an active shooter scenario.

5 hot hospital marketing trends for 2015

Hospitals looking to attract new customers and remain competitive must "stay ahead of the curve," by tailoring their messages to be short, positive and creative, according to a recent whitepaper from New-York-based firm Smith & Jones that forecasts hospital marketing trends for 2015.

6 keys to become a more transparent, safer hospital

Transparency is the antidote to many of the problems that plague healthcare, and increasing it will lead to better outcomes, greater satisfaction and reduced costs, according to a report issued by the National Patient Safety Foundation's Lucian Leape Institute.

 

Healthgrades announces winners of clinical excellence award

Healthgrades announced more than 250 recipients of its 2015 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence. According to a whitepaper released by the company, recipient hospitals tended to share several performance outcomes.

Is it OK for medical staffs to sue hospital boards?

A recent Minnesota Supreme Court ruling that allowed a medical staff to sue its hospital board could have lasting implications for healthcare facilities, according to MedPage Today.

Nurse-patient staffing ratio study returns insufficient data

A long-awaited study on the nurse-patient ratio needed for effective, safe patient outcomes returned insufficient data, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Hospitals work to address community needs in compliance with ACA

A provision of the Affordable Care Act has hospitals in low-income areas such as Southeast Michigan working to address unmet community health needs, Crain's Detroit Business reports.