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FDA: Companies' tests of superbug-linked scopes flawed

Amid recent news that specialized medical devices known as duodenoscopes contributed to a series of deadly superbug outbreaks in hospitals around the country, a Food and Drug Administration official told Reuters that the device manufacturers' tests of their recommended cleaning procedures may bear part of the blame.

Affordable Care Act, SGR fix hot topics at Federation of American Hospitals conference

One day after outgoing Federation of American Hospitals Chairman David Vandewater urged healthcare executives at the group's annual policy conference to appeal to Congress on behalf of hospitals, legislators took the stage to tell the audience what their policies--and respective parties--are doing for the industry.

Healthcare industry makes 'clear progress' in Triple Aim measures

The nation's healthcare system has made "clear progress" in improving its delivery of the "Triple Aim" of improved care, improved health and reduced costs, according to a new report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Best and worst hospital rankings often conflict, confuse consumers

Four of the most popular ratings systems for hospital quality are often at odds, potentially confusing patients, according to an analysis published in Health Affairs.

Greater Newark hospitals have too many beds, duplications

Greater Newark area hospitals have a significant surplus of inpatient beds, according to a new study from Navigant Consulting, Inc. 

Informal leadership rounds result in major patient safety improvements

In an exclusive interview with FierceHealthcare, Catherine Miller, R.N., J.D., risk management and patient safety specialist for the Cooperative of American Physicians Inc.' CAPAssurance Program, discusses how healthcare leaders can use rounding to improve patient safety at their organizations.

Hospital lifts patients' spirits with in-house game show

While patients can expect to face the unexpected during an inpatient stay, it's unlikely many ever expect to be part of a game show while at the hospital. But that's exactly what's happening at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints hospital in Racine, Wisconsin, where patients, their families and other visitors have the unique chance to participate in game shows conducted twice a week by teams of volunteers, the Journal Times reported.

At Federation of American Hospitals conference, officials call out Congress

The federal government's effect on the healthcare industry loomed large at the annual Federation of American Hospitals (FAH) conference held Monday at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in the District of Columbia.

Nurse who contracted Ebola to sue hospital chain

Nina Pham, one of two Texas nurses who contracted Ebola while treating the first patient diagnosed with the virus in America, will sue her employer's parent company, CNN reports.

Group proposes major VA healthcare overhaul

A veterans' non-profit group is advocating a drastic reform of veterans' healthcare that would turn the Veterans Health Administration into a not-for-profit corporation, among other measures.

Report blasts U.S. Ebola response

The U.S. badly bungled its response to the Ebola virus, says a new report from the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.

The best strategies for hospital staff engagement

Hospitals and health systems can drive results by improving their employee engagement strategies, argues a Forbes column.

Patient safety report reveals more errors but fewer deaths in Minnesota hospitals

The number of deaths reported via Minnesota's public reporting system for adverse health events last year was 13, it lowest since 2011, according to the state Department of Health's annual patient safety report.

How leading from behind can transform healthcare

Guest post by Thomas Dahlborg, chief financial officer and vice president of strategy for NICHQ (National Institute for Children's Health Quality), where he focuses on improving child health...

3 ways providers can increase access to care

If health systems can harness the "customer orientation of a five-star hotel and the operational discipline of a factory floor," they can improve access to care and in turn boost patient satisfaction and the organization's profitability, according to a recent Health Affairs blog post.

Superbug killed 29,000 people in U.S. in 2011

The antibiotic-resistant superbug Clostridium difficile was responsible for nearly half a million infections and about 29,000 deaths in 2011, according to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Lessons learned from an ACO's successes, struggles

Given the Department of Health and Human Services' recent announcement that it plans to speed up its plans to shift to value-based payment models, it's more important than ever for providers to shift their priorities from volume to value. The CEO of one of the first accountable care organizations has advice for health leaders to map a way forward.

VA spends millions on program to curb nurse injuries

The Department of Veterans Affairs is taking the lead against nurse musculoskeletal injuries, which occur at a rate of about three times that of construction workers.

3 reasons to make patient comfort a priority

Patient comfort is becoming a higher priority for hospitals, and the reasons are three-fold: It boosts patient satisfaction, improves outcomes and is the right thing to do.

New Colorado hospital takes neighborhood approach to healthcare

As the goal of healthcare providers shifts from caring for the sick to improving the overall health of the community, hospital design and services have changed dramatically as well. Nowhere will that be more evident than in the planned $177 million St. Anthony North Health Campus in Westminster, Colorado,