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CRE superbug spreads to North Carolina, kills two

Hospitals and government officials are racing to address the threat posed by antibiotic-resistant superbug Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), which grabbed headlines late last week when reports surfaced that two California patients died after coming into contact with contaminated medical scopes, and now has been linked to two more patient deaths.

 

U.S. maternity care improves, but work remains

Hospitals have improved their maternity care, but wide variation persists across the country, according to a new report from the Leapfrog Group.

Competing hospitals work together to share data, improve patient safety

It's not often we read stories about competing healthcare organizations collaborating to achieve a vision for the greater good. That's about to change. The Children's Hospitals'...

Consumer-driven precision medicine gets boost from FDA

President Barack Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative promises a "new era of medicine--one that delivers the right treatment at the right time," and seeks $215 million to expand access to genetic data in order to better target disease treatments. But while much focus has been on the implications of the initiatives for healthcare providers, the Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that for the first time, it will allow a company to market a genetic test directly to consumers.

3 tasks hospital leaders shouldn't delegate

To successfully lead a healthcare organization, there are several tasks executives should handle themselves rather than delegate, according to Becker's Hospital Review.

Hospital super-users have complex needs, limited care access

The problem of super-users--patients admitted to a general acute-care hospital more than five times in a year--may be avoidable in many cases, according to a new study from Pennsylvania's Health Care Cost Containment Council.

Progress on obesity rates 'unacceptably slow'

Most nations are not doing enough to address obesity rates, according to a six-part series published in the Lancet, and governments must rethink their strategies.

FDA issues warning about scopes linked to superbug outbreak

Not long after news broke of two patient deaths linked to an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant bacteria Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) at a California hospital, the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday issued a warning that the design of a specialized endoscope may impede effective cleaning.

Superbug kills two patients in California

An outbreak of antibiotic-resistant superbug Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae that already sickened patients in Pittsburgh, Seattle and Chicago now has spread to UCLA's Ronald Reagan Medical Center and caused at least two patient deaths, the L.A. Times reported.

73% of physician leaders preparing for HHS payment proposal

Healthcare organizations are actively preparing for the Department of Health and Human Services' plan to tie 30 percent of fee-for-service Medicare payments to quality and value by 2016, according to a new survey from the American Association for Physician Leadership.

Ohio clinic aims to prevent patient falls in hospitals, homes

While most hospitals aim to prevent patient falls during inpatient stays, Joseph Rosenthal, M.D., and his team at Ohio State University's Wexler Medical Center want to expand that goal to prevent falls outside the hospital walls, Hospitals & Health Networks Daily reported.

Injured nurses often lack support from hospital leaders

Despite research showing nurses are at greater risk for workplace injuries than police officers, correctional officers and construction workers, hospital administrators often refuse to provide the support injured nurses need, according to National Public Radio.  

How healthcare leaders can make it clear that black lives matter

The healthcare community has not been--and should not be--isolated from the recent dialog about racism spurred by outcry over what some view as police brutality and unequal justice targeted at black citizens, according to two recent opinion pieces in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Lessons in patient engagement from Lowe's, Starbucks

Healthcare leaders should look to hardware chain Lowe's for pointers on patient engagement, argues a Health Affairs blog post.

How healthcare executives can gain doctors' trust

​Healthcare executives who seek to successfully integrate doctors into their organization will soon find out the task is easier said than done, argues Jeff Goldsmith, Ph.D., in a recent article for Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine, but a good place to start is by taking steps to build physicians' trust.

Precision Medicine Initiative: Medical revolution or regulatory headache?

From the moment that President Barack Obama introduced his Precision Medicine Initiative in his State of the Union address, there's been a flurry of debate over the possibilities--and possible pitfalls--associated with using patients' genes to design targeted disease treatments. While much of the discussion has centered on the feasibility of carrying out such an ambitious initiative, others have begun to question how the government will regulate the whole process.

CDC posts videos for emergency staff dealing with suspected Ebola patients

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has posted a series of training videos developed by Johns Hopkins Medicine to assist emergency department personnel in triage, identification and management of suspected Ebola patients.

NPR documentary explores how nurses handle stress, burnout

Nurses outnumber doctors by six to one, spend more time with patients and, with an expanding scope of practice, are the backbone of American healthcare. A new documentary says these factors lead nurses to feel stressed, overburdened and unsupported.

VA scandal: Attempted wait-times fix causes more confusion

The Department of Veterans Affairs' attempt to give veterans more options for care may confuse the people it was intended to benefit, the Washington Post reports.

Hospital for Special Surgery takes patient engagement, marketing to a whole new level

In an exclusive interview with FierceHealthcare, John Englehart, vice president and chief marketing officer for Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, talks about the organization's patient engagement initiative that snowballed into what he believes is the largest public online forum of orthopedic and rheumatological patient stories that currently exists.