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Mental health barriers in hospitals lead to standalone urgent care clinics

County health officials in California opened a mental health urgent care center in the South Los Angeles this week, in an effort to treat people in immediate crisis, while connecting them with ongoing care, Kaiser Health News reported in a blog post.

Fed up with violent incidents, hospitals seek to balance security with patient care

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

Cleveland hospital dropped HAI rates with hand-washing campaign

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.

CMS releases first Qualified Entity report on provider performance

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week released its first public report on provider performance and cost using data from Medicare's Data sharing for Performance Measurement, also known as the Qualified Entity Program.

Physician-led joint venture aims to reinvest population health management savings

A new physician-led joint venture created by CHE Trinity and Ascension Health aims to not only improve care coordination across markets and prepare the healthcare systems for transitions currently happening in the market, but also will reinvest the savings from population health management back into the healthcare delivery system, Hospitals & Health Networks Daily reports.

Another Pioneer ACO drops out of program

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.  

Hospitals must identify disruptive behavior, encourage etiquette-based medicine

As disruptive behavior among physicians increases, hospital leaders must encourage physicians to practice etiquette-based medicine, and promote a sense of empathy and compassion among staff.

How futile care hurts other ICU patients

Care that has no benefit for patients beyond prolonging their lives, also known as futile care, also diverts resources away from other patients who could otherwise survive or recover, according to a study published in Critical Care Medicine.

VA scandal: Full OIG report finds "unacceptable" lapses within Phoenix faciity

The Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General yesterday released its full report on potential obstruction of justice within the Phoenix VA. The report found "unacceptable and troubling" negligence at the facility involving care coordination, follow-up, continuity of care and quality.

California nurses call on hospitals to follow CDC protocol after Ebola scare

California nurses called on federal, state and county health agencies to strictly follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for treating Ebola, after a Sacramento hospital admitted a patient suspected of being exposed to the virus, FOX 40 reported. 

OIG report: No evidence care delays caused VA deaths

An Office of Inspector General investigation found no evidence that veteran deaths at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital were the direct result of care delays, according to the Associated Press.

Medical marijuana benefits: Lower death, overdose rates in states that legalize drug

States that have legalized the use of medical marijuana have lower opioid overdose mortality rates, according to new research in JAMA Internal Medicine

Mass casualty lessons for hospitals from Iraq and Afghanistan

Hospitals can take lessons from war for ways to deal with potential mass casualty incidents, according to Hospitals & Health Networks.

Strategic hospital room design hastens patient recovery, minimizes staff errors

Patient room design may do more than boost patient satisfaction--it could actually reduce the amount of pain patients experience, lead to shorter hospital stays and decrease physician and staff errors.

5 ways CEOs can actually change hospital culture

Hospital CEOs should focus less on talking about an organization's culture and more on the elements that make up a hospital's culture, such as mindset, methods, strategies and structures, former physician John Kenagy, M.D., founder of Kenagy & Associates, told Becker's Hospital Review.

How extra Ebola precautions could backfire

Healthcare providers' precautions against the Ebola virus may have the opposite of the intended effect, according to a report in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

6 tips to motivate middle managers

Six main factors motivate managers in healthcare and other sectors--and surprisingly, the desire for advancement falls in the last spot, according to a new survey from Insigniam.

Education, telemedicine initiatives target rural healthcare gap

Struggling rural health organizations hope to use two initiatives to attract healthcare providers, according to the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.

The 3 Ps of patient experience

Guest post by Jason A. Wolf, Ph.D., president of The Beryl Institute, where he specializes in organizational effectiveness, service excellence and high performance in healthcare. I shared in...

Experts refute results of CMS patient safety program

Although the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services boasts of patient safety improvements through its Partnership for Patients program, an opinion piece in the New England Journal of Medicine questions whether the initiative actually improved patient care.