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VA scandal: Full OIG report finds "unacceptable" lapses within Phoenix faciity

The Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General yesterday released its full report on potential obstruction of justice within the Phoenix VA. The report found "unacceptable and troubling" negligence at the facility involving care coordination, follow-up, continuity of care and quality.

California nurses call on hospitals to follow CDC protocol after Ebola scare

California nurses called on federal, state and county health agencies to strictly follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for treating Ebola, after a Sacramento hospital admitted a patient suspected of being exposed to the virus, FOX 40 reported. 

OIG report: No evidence care delays caused VA deaths

An Office of Inspector General investigation found no evidence that veteran deaths at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital were the direct result of care delays, according to the Associated Press.

Medical marijuana benefits: Lower death, overdose rates in states that legalize drug

States that have legalized the use of medical marijuana have lower opioid overdose mortality rates, according to new research in JAMA Internal Medicine

Mass casualty lessons for hospitals from Iraq and Afghanistan

Hospitals can take lessons from war for ways to deal with potential mass casualty incidents, according to Hospitals & Health Networks.

Strategic hospital room design hastens patient recovery, minimizes staff errors

Patient room design may do more than boost patient satisfaction--it could actually reduce the amount of pain patients experience, lead to shorter hospital stays and decrease physician and staff errors.

5 ways CEOs can actually change hospital culture

Hospital CEOs should focus less on talking about an organization's culture and more on the elements that make up a hospital's culture, such as mindset, methods, strategies and structures, former physician John Kenagy, M.D., founder of Kenagy & Associates, told Becker's Hospital Review.

How extra Ebola precautions could backfire

Healthcare providers' precautions against the Ebola virus may have the opposite of the intended effect, according to a report in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

6 tips to motivate middle managers

Six main factors motivate managers in healthcare and other sectors--and surprisingly, the desire for advancement falls in the last spot, according to a new survey from Insigniam.

Education, telemedicine initiatives target rural healthcare gap

Struggling rural health organizations hope to use two initiatives to attract healthcare providers, according to the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.

The 3 Ps of patient experience

Guest post by Jason A. Wolf, Ph.D., president of The Beryl Institute, where he specializes in organizational effectiveness, service excellence and high performance in healthcare. I shared in...

Experts refute results of CMS patient safety program

Although the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services boasts of patient safety improvements through its Partnership for Patients program, an opinion piece in the New England Journal of Medicine questions whether the initiative actually improved patient care.

Hospital coalition speaks out on Tenet contract moves

Several California health professionals have formed the Coalition for Quality Hospital Care in response to Tenet Healthcare Corp.'s plan to cancel contracts with independent physicians, according to an announcement from the group. One Tenet hospital spokesperson says the plans are in the nascent stages and that it has included staff physicians in the process. 

CMS solicits ideas for engagement models

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is soliciting comments through Sept. 15 about its proposed initiatives to test new engagement models for Medicare, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program.

Patient satisfaction may not correlate with care quality

Care quality and patient satisfaction do not necessarily correlate, according to a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

6 ways nurses can reduce patient suffering

In order to boost patient satisfaction and reduce suffering throughout the healthcare continuum, nurses must improve the perception of patient care that they provide every day, according to Advance Healthcare Network for Nurses.

Hospital will release patients treated for Ebola as virus scares continue

Atlanta's Emory University Hospital will discharge two American aid workers treated for the Ebola virus today, USA Today reports, but virus scares continue to pop up throughout the country.

 

Study: Improve outpatient care to prevent repeat ER visits for acute heart failure

Nearly one-third of acute heart failure patients seen in hospital emergency departments in Florida and California during 2010 returned to the emergency setting the following year, according to a study recently published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

Be a better CEO: The chief empathy officer

As hospitals and health systems consolidate into large companies that focus more on the bottom line, healthcare leaders must remember the importance of empathy and humanity, according to a blog post from Eric J. Hall, president & CEO of HealthCare Chaplaincy Network in New York, New York. 

4 survival tactics for the volatile healthcare industry

In the volatile world of healthcare, bold moves can sometimes lead to disaster and attempts to force a revolutionary idea can lead to serious repercussions, writes Dan Beckham in a Hospitals & Health Networks opinion piece.