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States debate docs' physician assistant supervision limit

Florida's House of Representatives passed a measure that would allow doctors to increase the number of physician assistants they supervise from four to eight, despite concerns from some lawmakers that it would result in less physician oversight and supervision, according to the Newsobserver.com

Female doctors get smaller share of Medicare money

Female doctors make about half as much as their male counterparts in the Medicare system, according to a study by the finance site NerdWallet.

Court rules ProMedica must dissolve Ohio hospital merger

A federal court this week denied ProMedica Health System's petition to overturn a 2011 ruling by the Federal Trade Commission prohibiting a merger with St. Luke's Hospital in Ohio.

HIT data breaches top patient safety concern

Data integrity failures within health IT systems and care coordination top the list of this year's patient safety concerns, according to the ECRI Institute's "Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for Healthcare Organizations."

 

Rural hospitals equal in outcomes, ahead in ED care

Rural hospitals are equal to their urban counterparts in care quality, patient safety and outcomes, and their emergency departments are more efficient and less expensive, according to a new study by iVantage Health Analytics.

Healthcare professionals flock to Twitter

Doctors, nurses, pharmacists and healthcare consultants from the United States make up most of the healthcare professionals who use Twitter, according to research by Creation Healthcare, a London-based research and training consultancy.

Tenn. law that allows hospitals to drop patients under fire

A last-minute amendment to a Tennessee law approved last year that gives hospitals a way to petition for court approval to discharge patients they say no longer need care is under fire, according to an article in USA Today.

Hospitals use design to improve population health

Not only can hospital design affect patient population health, it may also impact the health and wellness of the local community, according to an article in Healthcare Design Magazine.

Medicare changes needed to improve ACO benefits

Based on care patterns among accountable care organization (ACO) beneficiaries, many barriers remain to achieving organizational accountability in Medicare, according to a recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

3 steps to reduce hospitals' environmental impact

Hospitals could save billions by reducing their environmental impact, according to Dallas/Fort Worth Healthcare Daily.

ACA prompts groundbreaking, unlikely healthcare partnerships

An unlikely partnership helps two Seattle healthcare facilities offer treatment after hours. Swedish Medical Center Foundation put down the start up money for Country Doctor Community Health Centers to open a weekend and after-hours clinic for patients who previously went to the emergency room for nonemergent care--right next to Medical Center's Cherry Hill hospital, the Seattle Times reported.

4 ways hospital leaders can advance health equality

Healthcare leaders play a huge role in advancing quality care and health equity for diverse populations, but success requires that they collaborate on ideas to build accountability with minority and under-resourced communities, according to an H&HN Daily post.

 

Nurse stabbings raise questions on hospital violence

Violence against workers continues to plague U.S. hospitals, with two separate stabbings injuring two nurses in Los Angeles, one of them critically.

Health-related searches peak early in the week

Americans are more likely to search online for health-related content at the beginning of the week, according to a new study from the American Journal of Preventative Medicine.

Hospitals post doctor ratings on websites

When a few doctors at the University of Utah Health Care read bad online reviews about themselves, they took matters into their own hands and started posting patients' reviews of facility doctors on their own hospital's website, Kaiser Health News reported.

Hospital-urgent care partnership reduces overcrowded ED

In an effort to reduce overcrowded emergency departments, many hospitals look to shift patients who don't have critical or life-threatening conditions to more appropriate care settings. One Massachusetts hospital's recent partnership with an urgent care center shows promise that other hospitals and healh systems may want to consider.

 

Docs make 12 million outpatient diagnostic errors every year

As hospitals focus more on quality measures and lowering readmissions, they also look to cut back on diagnostic errors, which occur in about 5 percent of U.S. adults, accumulating in as many as 12 million outpatient diagnostic errors each year, according to a study published in the BMJ Quality & Safety.

Hospital infections 'unacceptable and avoidable'

Hospitals must do a better job of enforcing hand-washing rules, especially for nurses, to counter "unacceptable and avoidable" hospital infection rates, according to new guidance from the U.K.'s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

Census survey changes could hide ACA effects

The Census Bureau plans to change its annual survey so drastically that it may be difficult to determine the effectiveness of the Affordable Care Act, reports the New York Times.

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