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Endoscopes also linked to drug-resistant E.Coli outbreak in Washington State

The contaiminated medical devices blamed for a series of superbug outbreaks are also linked to an outbreak of a drug-resistant Escherichia coli (E. Coli) strain in a Washington state hospital. These endoscopes may infect more patients if hospitals use the company's recommended cleaning procedures, according to a study published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.

5 ways to involve patients and familes in achieving the Triple Aim

To achieve meaningful care quality and safety outcomes, providers must partner and collaborate with patient and family advisors, according to a new guide from the American Hospital Association.

Paul Keckley: 'Devil's in the details' of plans to speed value-based payments [Interview]

The Obama administration's formal kickoff last week of an initiative to speed up the transition from fee-for-service to value-based models was big on showmanship but short on details, policy expert Paul Keckley told FierceHealthcare in an exclusive interview.

Staff turnover ranks as top challenge of healthcare recruiters

One-third of healthcare recruiters in the U.S. rank employee turnover as their greatest staffing concern, according to a new study by Health eCareers.

The key trends behind the growth of population health management

As healthcare industry accelerates its transition from a fee-for-service model to a value-based one, population health initiatives will loom larger than ever throughout 2015, according to a new report.

3 challenges for meaningful delivery reform

The alignment of new payment models with existing provider compensation formulas is just one of several challenges that healthcare leaders must address to achieve meaningful payment and healthcare delivery reform, according to a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

CDC looks to Chicago hospitals' example in battle against superbugs

In the wake of the White House's aggressive plan to combat antibiotic-resistant infections, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hopes to slash rates of one particularly dangerous superbug nationwide by replicating the success of a program it piloted in five Chicago hospitals, Reuters reported.

Medical residents afraid to challenge doctors' orders even when they're wrong

Medical residents hesitate to challenge doctors' orders even when they are wrong, according to a study published in the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia.

Maryland readmissions drop under Medicare waiver program

A Medicare waiver program in Maryland reduced readmissions by 4 percent at 67 hospitals last year, preventing as many as 5,000 readmissions, according to the Maryland Hospital Association.

Hospitals collaborate to improve the patient experience

More hospitals and health systems create cooperative networks involving doctors, providers, patients and payers, or "ecosystems of care," according to Healthcare Finance News.

Healthcare compliance post-ACA: Challenges and opportunities [Special Report]

In this special report, FierceHealthcare takes a look at the changing role of compliance and the chief compliance officer due to healthcare reform

Rock Health's Halle Tecco: No easy answer for dearth of female health execs [Interview]

While women make up a vast majority of the healthcare workforce, they are still woefully underrepresented in the C-suite of major healthcare organizations, according to a new report from Rock Health.

White House plan calls for aggressive measures against superbugs

The White House has released a new plan to combat antibiotic-resistant infections such as the recent outbreak linked to contaminated duodenoscopes.

No Senate SGR fix vote until mid-April

The Senate adjourned this morning for a two-week recess before discussing legislation to replace the Sustainable Growth Rate formula.

5 principles to help hospital leaders improve on the Triple Aim

Hospital leaders have proposed a new set of care principles to reflect the post-Affordable Care Act healthcare landscape, according to an opinion piece in JAMA co-written by former Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Donald Berwick.

The tangible benefits of physician engagement

Guest post by Barry Ronan, president and CEO of Western Maryland Health System in Cumberland, Maryland I am often asked how I engaged physicians as we were transitioning to value-based care...

ACA health center program's future up in the air

The Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program, a doctor training program funded by a provision of the Affordable Care Act, is up for renewal this year.

Sleeping-nurse case renews focus on nurse fatigue

The case of Tanya Lemon, a DeWitt, New York nurse whose disabled patient died when Lemon fell asleep on the job, has reignited the debate on how to reduce fatigue among healthcare workers, according to the Associated Press.

Communication lapses between clinicians lead to poor care coordination, readmissions

Communication--or rarely the lack thereof--between hospital clinicians and primary care providers often results in poor care coordination after discharge and a greater chance of patient readmissions, according to a new study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Texas Medical Center CEO: Collaboration will drive healthcare industry forward

Many healthcare executives struggle to get a variety of stakeholders to come to the table and adopt a common set of goals, but Texas Medical Center CEO Robert Robbins takes on that familiar task on a far greater scale--and he must do so in a city that faces its own health crisis.