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'Nightmare' superbug now a reality in the US

A Pennsylvania woman is the first in the country to come down with a "nightmare" bacteria that is resistant to last-resort antibiotics, according to researchers, who documented the case in a study published by Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.

Precision medicine offers nonacademic hospitals a seat at the research table

Non-academic community healthcare providers should embrace the opportunity to contribute to life science research, according to Hospitals & Health Networks.

Adjusting readmissions data for socioeconomic factors could save thousands

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services intends to incorporate sociodemographic factors into its methodology for determining hospital quality, but in the meantime, some providers are taking the initiative themselves, according to Kaiser Health News

Hospital leaders: To transform care, simplify your team's priorities

Guest post by Scott Kashman, chief administrative officer of Cape Coral Hospital, part of the Lee Memorial Health System in southwest Florida. How would you simplify your organization's...

Surveillance, extra training cut hospital's sepsis deaths

A Huntsville, Alabama, hospital cut sepsis mortality more than 50 percent with electronic surveillance and a staff education initiative, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Physicians, anesthesiologists oppose VA's plans for advanced practice registered nurses

Some healthcare groups have voiced opposition to the Department of Veteran Affairs proposed rule that would give advanced practice registered nurses expanded practice authority, citing concerns about a lack of clinical oversight from physicians.

CMS officials counter fears about HCAHPS surveys

Common misperceptions persist regarding the role of Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems surveys, Medicare officials write in a commentary for the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Open enrollment lessons for hospitals, health systems

Health systems have learned a number of lessons during the first three health insurance exchange open-enrollment periods, and an article in Hospitals & Health Networks offers a collection of tips to make future enrollment periods work for patients and providers.

Population health programs must think beyond clinical measures

To scale their population health management efforts to their specific systems, healthcare providers must think beyond clinical measures and partner with vital resources from inside and outside the industry, according to a new report from PwC.

National Quality Forum launches antibiotic stewardship playbook

With reports suggesting that drug-resistant superbugs could kill 10 million people a year by 2050, healthcare experts have compiled a playbook that offers hospitals across the country tools and solutions to improve antibiotic stewardship.

 

CMS launches new Hospital Improvement and Innovation Network program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services plans to launch a series of "Hospital Improvement and Innovation Networks" to strengthen patient safety, improve hospital care quality and reduce readmissions.

VA's proposed rule would give advanced practice registered nurses full practice authority

The Department of Veterans Affairs aims to expand the scope of practice of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) who work for the agency in order to provide veterans with greater and timely access to care.

NY health system's collaborative care program helps patients battle depression

A collaborative care program that incorporates mental health treatment and screening into primary care has helped the country's largest public healthcare system improve depression symptoms in more than half of enrolled patients, according to a blog post for NEJM Catalyst. 

 

CVS, Palo Alto VA partner to offer veterans treatment at MinuteClinics

The more than 60,000 veterans enrolled in the Department of Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System in California can now be referred to a MinuteClinic for treatment of acute health issues.

Hospital groups can take lead on data-reporting problems

Amid a widely-demanded delay of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' latest round of star ratings for hospitals, the ball is in hospitals' court to improve many of the problems the industry sees with the rating methodology, argues a blog post from Health Affairs.

How to communicate with patients after an error occurs

It's often difficult for clinicians and administrators to say they are sorry when something goes wrong with patient care. And that lack of communication leaves patients and families confused, wondering what happened and whether they should file a lawsuit to find the answers. But a new online toolkit from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality can help clinicians eliminate that "wall of silence" and culture of secrecy.

Study finds risk factors for infection from superbug-tainted scopes

A new study from UCLA Health identifies factors that increase the likelihood of a patient being infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria from tainted scopes.

Oncologists must promote informed decision-making for terminal cancer patients

A significant number of advanced cancer patients are not aware of basic details of their illness or treatments, according to a study from Weill Cornell Medical College that was published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

WHO: Pandemic preparations don't go far enough

Not enough is being done to prepare internationally for pandemics, the World Health Organization warned at its 69th World Health Assembly.

Nurse satisfaction: Hospitals launch new programs to improve job retention

Nurses may be split on their levels of job satisfaction, according to an article from the Times Free Press, but hospitals in the region are working to combat the issue.