How patient-centered care helped an Arkansas hospital cut readmissions by 90%

One Arkansas hospital system has cut readmissions nearly 90 percent by addressing both direct and indirect contributing factors, according to Executive Insight.

Five charged in $600M spinal surgery fraud scheme

The former chief financial officer of a California hospital is one of five people changed in a $600 million healthcare kickback scheme,

'Flying ICUs': Medical helicopters provide advanced care for rural patients

Medical helicopters so well-equipped that one hospital leader calls them "flying intensive care units" are helping people in the rural upper Midwest get emergency medical care that otherwise would be out of reach, the Duluth (Minnesota) News Tribune reported.

Coordinated, multihospital effort improves ER patient flow

A collaborative effort by 42 hospitals in 16 U.S. communities to improve patient flow in their emergency departments led to measurable improvements at two-thirds of the hospitals, according to a study published in the December issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Safety.

Hunger carries $160B a year in healthcare costs

Food insecurity led to healthcare costs of $160 billion in the United States last year, according to a study commissioned by the charitable Bread for the World Institute.

Inaccurate testing drives up healthcare costs, unnecessary procedures

Amid increased concerns about misdiagnoses in healthcare, unreliable, inaccurate medical testing is also a major obstacle to patient safety, hiking unnecessary medical and drug expenses as well as prompting unneeded medical procedures, according to a new report from the Food and Drug Administration,

3 ways to boost physician retention in a shortage

While not everyone agrees on the severity of the physician shortage, retaining physicians in today's competitive marketplace should be a top priority for hospitals, according to an article from Healthcare Dive. To recruit physicians who will stick around and keep the talented doctors you have, consider the following timely suggestions.

CMS data on hospital-acquired infections confuses consumers

Federal data on hospital-acquired infections, intended to help consumers choose hospitals, actually confuses them, a study published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology found.

How to reduce 'sundowning' delirium in elderly patients

Many of the everyday realities of being in the hospital--bright lights, loud and unusual noises, unfamiliar surroundings--appear to contribute to the phenomenon of "sundowning," in which some elderly patients become delirious at night, a doctor in Boston's Cambridge Health Alliance writes in WBUR radio's health blog.

Hospitals must take proactive approach against violence

Hospital violence is on the rise, but healthcare leaders face the difficult task of taking measures to prevent it without compromising the open, healing environment of their organizations. The key, according to an article by StatNews, is to develop effective strategies that go beyond simply reacting to individual incidents. 

Experts call for reform of global infectious disease protocols

Over a year after fears of the West African Ebola epidemic gripped the U.S. healthcare epidemic, a panel of experts called for far-reaching reforms in how public health organizations handle the threat of infectious disease.

The danger of prescribing opioids at discharge

Non-opioid users prescribed painkillers upon hospital discharge were nearly five times more likely to become chronic opioid users after a year than patients not prescribed opioids when discharged, a recent study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine found.

Public views of healthcare quality haven't changed since ACA implementation

A new Gallup poll finds that most Americans rate the quality of healthcare in the United States the same today as they did before the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. 

Value-based purchasing scores remain volatile

Data from Medicare's value-based purchasing program contain broad variations and few clear patterns, according to a new report from Leavitt Partners, and the report's author says it may take solutions such as a separate program for low-volume hospitals or combining Medicare's care-quality programs to achieve meaningful improvements.

The new nurse bully: Older nurses not always the culprits

Although research shows that new nurses tend to be victims of bullying by their older counterparts, a new blog on nurse bullying says that sometimes the reverse is true.

Interdisciplinary practice helps hospitals improve collaboration, outcomes

Interdisciplinary practice may help hospitals with efforts to reduce costs and improve patient outcomes, according to


End-of-life care: Nursing school tries new approach to prepare nurses for patient deaths

The College of Nursing at the University of Alabama at Huntsville is trying a dramatically different approach to prepare nurses for the situations they will face when assisting patients and their families during end-of-life care.

4 steps to an integrated approach to population health management

The transition to value-based care has the potential to transform the healthcare industry by taking a proactive approach to manage chronic disease and improve the community's overall health and wellness. But success requires organizations take an integrated approach to population health management, according to a new whitepaper from the Chartis Group.

Advocacy groups call for immediate end to 30-hour shifts for new docs

Two advocacy groups call for an immediate halt to new programs experimenting with the return of the marathon, 30-plus hour work shifts for novice doctors.

New superbug resistant to antibiotic of last resort

A new study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.warns of a new deadly and aggressive bacteria resistant to last-line antibiotics.