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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.

Altruistic nurses more likely to burn out on the job

Although in theory it seems that helping others would be the right motivator to enter the nursing profession, a new study by University of Akron researchers finds that caring, nurturing and altruistic nurses actually experience more stress and burnout.

60% of C-suite execs hired from outside

More hospitals go outside of their organizations to recruit chief executives, according to survey results from Billian's HealthDATA and Porter Research.

Bipartisan Policy Center report breaks down healthcare reform challenges

The Bipartisan Policy Center released a white paper report offering legislative and regulatory recommendations regarding the challenges and opportunities for healthcare delivery system reform and the shift from volume- to value-based care.

Is antibacterial soap safe for healthcare workers?

Despite the proven benefits of hand-washing, use of antibacterial soap may expose healthcare workers to "potentially unsafe levels" of a common chemical currently under Food and Drug Administration scrutiny, according to a new study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Older, sicker minority patients more likely to die after urological surgery

Older, sicker, minority patients and those with public insurance are more likely to die from a potentially preventable complication after commonly performed urological surgeries, according to a study published in BJU International

Hospital ICUs should reconsider use of harmful patient restraints

Hospitals should reconsider whether physical restraints are a good tool to use, especially in the intensive care unit as they could be ineffective or harmful in some situations, writes author Ravi Parikh in an article in The Atlantic.

The power of art: Hospitals use paintings, sculptures to improve patient health, satisfaction

Hospital leaders frequently incorporate design when they remodel facilities in order to improve population health and community wellness. But many organizations now try to prominently display works of art to reduce patient stress and boost satisfaction, the Wall Street Journal reports. Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital took the concept to a whole new level, commissioning 19 artists to decorate its newly opened facilty in Indianapolis.

How healthcare executives can take the lead in population health management

Going above and beyond in risk analysis is key to manage population health, Steven C. Linn, M.D., CMO & vice president of academic affairs for New Jersey-based Inspira Health Network, said in a video interview with Hospitals & Health Networks.

Health execs offer advice on leadership, ACOs

In one of the most dynamic eras ever for healthcare in the United States, many hospital and health system executives wonder what skills they need to lead their organizations in general and accountable care organizations in particular.

Patient safety incident could cost Texas hospital government funding

A Texas hospital could lose government funding going forward as a result of putting a patient in "immediate jeopardy" of harm, although the details of the case weren't released, The Dallas Morning News reported.

Ebola outbreak worsens as scientists search for source of virus

As the two American missionaries who contracted Ebola while in Liberia recover at Emory Hospital in Atlanta, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports the outbreak is worse than previously thought--and controlling the virus is especially difficult because researchers don't know the source, according to Fox News.

 

Train nurses in mental health issues earlier to close care gap

Training nurses in mental health issues earlier in their education could help close the gap in mental healthcare, as well as better equip nurses to deal with mentally ill patients, according to Nurse.com