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Hospitals partner with community anti-violence groups to manage population health

Continuing a broader trend toward treating community violence as a public health issue, many providers are incorporating community-based "violence interrupters" into their trauma teams, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Ascension CEO Tony Tersigni on culture change and population health strategies

In an exclusive interview, Anthony "Tony" Tersigni, president and CEO of St. Louis-based Ascension, the largest nonprofit health system in the U.S. and the world's largest Catholic health system, discusses the organization's strategies to change its culture and better manage population health. 

Medical marijuana: Hospitals often caught in debate between state, federal laws

The case of a hospital patient in Maine who was denied medical marijuana highlights how hospitals and some patients are entangled in the debate between state and federal medical marijuana laws, according to an article in the Portland Press Herald.

About 1 in 3 jobs are vacant at 9 regional Veterans Affairs' health systems

About one in three jobs are vacant at nine of the regional Veterans Affairs healthcare systems  in the United States, leaving veterans weeks to get care, USA Today reports

3 steps to healthcare management that supports frontline workers

The healthcare industry's long-held "top-down" management model no longer suits the modern healthcare environment, and must be replaced with a new model that better supports frontline workers, argues a Health Affairs.blog post.

Hurricane Katrina and its impact on healthcare: 10 years after the storm

Healthcare delivery has changed dramatically in the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina hit the shores of the United States and devastated New Orleans. The superstorm caused flooding, power outages, supply shortages, knocked out communications and left a million people displaced with little access to healthcare. 

ER doc burnout buster: Innovative program aims to help with work-life balance

Stanford Hospital's Department of Emergency Medicine in California is offering an innovative "time-banking" program that aims to prevent emergency room doctors from burnout and lead more balanced lives, according to an article in The Washington Post.

To tackle racial disparities, healthcare must examine unconscious bias

Even as the nation's overall healthcare outcomes improve, racial disparities in both treatment and outcomes persist, and healthcare professionals must consider the role their unconscious behavior may play in the situation, according to National Public Radio.

Walgreens and Seattle-based health system partner to open 25 retail clinics

Walgreens Boots Alliance plans to open 25 new retail clinics inside Walgreen drug stores in Oregon and Washington that will be owned and operated by Seattle-based Providence Health & Services, the third largest not-for-profit health system in the United States.

Patient safety experts: Make hand hygiene, flu shots mandatory for healthcare workers

Clinicians must no longer have the right to refuse to follow best practices for hand hygiene and influenza vaccinations, according to leading patient safety advocates in a Health Affairs blog post.

3 ways hospital leaders can improve nurse retention

As a wave of retiring nurses creates increased demand and potential shortages, hospital leaders must keep several strategies in mind to retain their nursing staff, according to Hospitals & Health Networks.

CEO succession planning: Recruiting hospital leaders for the future

Every day, FierceHealthcare could fill its daily newsletter with announcements about CEO resignations and retirements. Just this week, I've read reports that Basil Ariglio has stepped down as...

California hospital investigates suspected superbug outbreak linked to scopes

Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, California is investigating a suspected superbug outbreak associated with a duodenoscope that is linked to cases of deadly infections across the country, according to the Los Angeles Times

Why the next generation of nurses must look at social determinants of health

The next generation of nurses can change healthcare for the better if they are willing to rethink and disrupt the nursing status quo by addressing the role of inequality and social factors in healthcare, argues Nicole Smith, an alumna of UC Davis Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing.

3 steps to better understand the patient experience, improve satisfaction

In an effort to improve patient satisfaction, most hospitals rely on the national Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey to gauge patients' perspectives on care. But a new white paper says that while the survey findings provide insight into the patient experience, it isn't designed to provide the high-level details that hospitals need to link patient satisfaction with business performance.

 

Turning down the volume: Hospital experiments with sound panels to reduce noise

Complaints that hospital noise from monitors and paging systems interrupts patients' sleep and can influence their blood pressure and heart rates has led one Michigan system to borrow a method used in music rooms to make the hospital quieter and improve patient care.

Critics complain proposed sepsis reporting rules could lead to overtreatment

Sepsis is one of the top drivers of costs, readmissions and mortality for hospitals, accounting for up to half of all hospital deaths, but until recently it has not received the same scrutiny as other top causes from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. But proposed CMS reporting requirements for doctors who treat the condition are drawing mixed reviews.

5 factors that indicate patients are at risk for unplanned readmissions

​Patients with chronic cardiovascular and pulmonary disease, those discharged on Fridays, those who have long lengths of stay, and those with a high number of previous emergency department visits are at a greater risk for unplanned and expensive hospital readmissions, new research shows.

How healthcare merger-mania hurts competition, care access

The current wave of consolidation within the healthcare industry is bad for care access, competition and patient choice, argues an opinion piece published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Two largest hospitals in Anchorage continue to struggle over limited ER beds

The two largest hospitals in Anchorage, Alaska are continuing their tug-of war over the number of emergency room beds that they can add during the next several years, according to the Alaska Dispatch News.