CMS announces new ACO model for dialysis patients

Medicare has launched a new accountable care organization model centered on patients who receive dialysis for end-stage renal disease, a condition that accounts for nearly 6 percent of all Medicare spending. 

The next frontier in healthcare collaboration: Hospital-retail clinic cooperation

Healthcare is an increasingly collaborative industry, and as retail clinics continue to proliferate, hospitals may want to partner with them, according to a report from the Convenient Care Association..

Patients more satisfied with care at Magnet hospitals

Magnet-designated hospitals, which are accredited nationally for nursing excellence, also receive higher ratings from patients--a measure that could also help Magnet hospitals financially, a new study finds.

Hospitals fall short in providing breastfeeding support

Although more U.S. hospitals educate mothers on breastfeeding, only about half follow a majority of internationally accepted best practices shown to help mothers continue breastfeeding at home, a new study found.


Patient satisfaction varies by care setting

Healthcare professionals in search of a simple rubric for establishing high satisfaction rates across multiple care settings in pediatric care may find their goal is highly elusive. A study by the Neours Children's Health System and Philadelphia's Thomas Jefferson University found that pediatric patient satisfaction varies according to the setting in which care is provided.

More than half of transplant nurses show signs of burnout

More than half of nurses who work with organ transplant patients in the United States report high levels of emotional exhaustion and low levels of personal accomplishment in their life-saving work, according to a study published in Progress in Transplantation.

Common hospital practices risk patient malnutrition, sleep deprivation

Hospitals' emergency department and surgical protocols are in dire need of reform, and the status quo can worsen patients' conditions through malnutrition and sleep deprivation, argues researchers from Johns Hopkins Hospital. 

Are kickbacks inherent to doc hospital employment?

Adding to a growing chorus of concerns about the relationship between doctors and hospitals, a Florida whistleblower argues that hospitals have a pattern of violating anti-kickback laws with formerly independent physicians, according to Kaiser Health News.

4 Fierce hand-hygiene videos for the age of superbugs

Despite all the research that shows how proper hand hygiene can help prevent hospital-acquired infections, a full quarter of providers don't meet the Leapfrog Group's 10 best practices for hand-washing. To help healthcare leaders engage patients and staff in a way that's proven to work, FierceHealthcare  found four hand-hygiene-themed videos, produced by hospitals, and posted to You Tube, that will grab their attention.

Why hospitals must ban perfumes

Hospitals must ban the use of perfumes, colognes and other artificial scents because they can aggravate patients' asthma, two doctors argue in an opinion piece in this months's Canadian Medical Association Journal.


Unemployed, minority patients face longer wait, travel times for care

Not only do racial minorities and unemployed people face an uphill struggle in terms of health outcomes, they also spend more time traveling to and waiting for medical care, according to research published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Evidence grows that hospital design can improve outcomes

Hospital design can improve clinical outcomes along with patient satisfaction, the Harvard Business Review reported. In fact, research now shows that the proper design can prevent the spread of hospital-acquired infections, reduce patient pain and shorten hospital stays.

Partnerships allow hospitals to share brands, expertise

The modern era of intensified mergers and acquisitions and partnerships among hospitals often means a mutually beneficial arrangement where numerous smaller providers end up bearing bigger, more prestigious systems' brand names, while larger organizations reap the benefits of the community relationships their partners have built, according to U.S. News & World Report.

CDC funding opens six new infectious disease epicenters

Six new academic institutions will work on new ways to protect patients from dangerous germs thanks to $11 million in funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

4 ideas that could transform healthcare delivery

Tired of the slow nature of healthcare innovation, the Harvard Business School and Harvard Medical School have taken matters into their own hands, creating a contest to help transform care delivery. The results may help solve long-time challenges in the industry, Harvard Business Review reports.

Online patient reviews often lack numbers, substance

Hospitals are increasingly incorporating online reviews into their patient satisfaction efforts, but despite their efforts so far, they have considerable work to do to provide patients with meaningful information, according to Executive Insight.

Why the words 'thank you' lead to greater rewards

ICD-10 conversion got your team down? Try showing gratitude for all the work they've done preparing for implementation and working through any hiccups in switching to the new medical coding system.


Nonprofit matches unused prescription meds to low-income patients

In an effort to provide low-income patients with access to expensive medications, a nonprofit organization redistributes unused, unexpired medicine to facilities that serve the patient population, according to The Wall Street Journal.

How ER redesign can help win back patients

As more hospitals and health systems open urgent care centers to meet consumer demand for faster and more convenient access to care, one Boston non-profit hospital chain has redesigned its emergency departments to improve emergency care and respond to increasing competition from other hospitals and the retail health market.

'Sky is the limit' for health providers who use social media

Social media can be a minefield, but platforms such as  Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter can also provide physicians and other healthcare professionals with an array of previously unheard-of advantages and the ability to confer with other professionals--no matter where they are in the world.