How to communicate with patients after an error occurs

It's often difficult for clinicians and administrators to say they are sorry when something goes wrong with patient care. And that lack of communication leaves patients and families confused, wondering what happened and whether they should file a lawsuit to find the answers. But a new online toolkit from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality can help clinicians eliminate that "wall of silence" and culture of secrecy.

Study finds risk factors for infection from superbug-tainted scopes

A new study from UCLA Health identifies factors that increase the likelihood of a patient being infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria from tainted scopes.

Oncologists must promote informed decision-making for terminal cancer patients

A significant number of advanced cancer patients are not aware of basic details of their illness or treatments, according to a study from Weill Cornell Medical College that was published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

WHO: Pandemic preparations don't go far enough

Not enough is being done to prepare internationally for pandemics, the World Health Organization warned at its 69th World Health Assembly.

Nurse satisfaction: Hospitals launch new programs to improve job retention

Nurses may be split on their levels of job satisfaction, according to an article from the Times Free Press, but hospitals in the region are working to combat the issue. 

Indianapolis nurses create program to cut back on rate of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers

A team of nurses at an Indianapolis hospital reduced the rate of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers by more than half, cutting related costs by about $700,000 a year.

Zika: CDC monitors 270 women who have tested positive for virus

More than 270 pregnant women in the United States and its territories have tested positive for the Zika virus, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Tomorrow's healthcare leaders must learn how to predict trends

Healthcare transformation will require leaders to hone their skills as futurists, argues a column in Hospitals & Health Networks.

Medical errors fell in last decade

Initiatives to reduce medical errors, the nation's third-leading cause of death, have made progress, according to research published in the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Chartbook on Patient Safety.

Healthcare CEOs need a personal touch to restore public trust

It may be an uphill battle for healthcare CEOs to repair public trust once it's damaged, according to a commentary in Forbes.

House bill would factor socioeconomic factors into readmission penalties

A bipartisan bill introduced in Congress this week would amend the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' readmissions program to factor in patients' socioeconomic status to prevent hospitals from receiving penalties for circumstances beyond their control.

Global commissions offer ways to prepare for potential epidemics

The findings of four global commissions formed in the wake of the recent Ebola virus epidemic may offer potential ways to better prepare for global health emergencies, according to an article in the Public Library of Science.

Violent crime in hospitals saw steep drop in 2015

Violent crime in hospitals fell steeply last year, according to research from the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety.

Brigham and Women's Hospital turns to clinicians to improve care, reduce medical expenses

Brigham and Women's Hospital takes a grassroots approach to improve its care offerings, turning to frontline staff for ideas on how to reduce waste and redesign healthcare delivery. So far the model has led to cost savings of $4.5 million and improvements in integrated care and care transitions.

How a shift in care delivery changed one health system's mission, vision and values

Guest post by Barry Ronan, president and CEO of Western Maryland Health System in Cumberland, Maryland It is interesting to see how our mission, vision and core values at Western Maryland Health...

The benefits of a combined palliative care and population health approach

Combining approaches from palliative care and population health may improve care quality for elderly and frail patients, a pair of doctors suggest in a JAMA Viewpoints article.

U.S. not doing enough to combat Zika

Congress has not acted fast enough or allocated enough money to combat an outbreak of the Zika virus, according to the former White House Ebola czar.

More than 7,300 patients may have been exposed to infection in Calif. hospital

California state investigators found that more than 7,300 patients at a San Diego-area hospital may have been exposed to infections caused by contaminated drugs last year, according to Kaiser Health News.

Superbugs will kill 10 million a year by 2050

Healthcare experts have long warned drug-resistant superbugs are a "looming global threat," and left unchecked, they may kill someone every three seconds by 2050, according to a new report.

Nearly a third of women in academic medicine are sexually harassed

Nearly 1 in 3 women in academic medicine reports being sexually harassed, according to a research letter published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.