'Imagine' the possibilities when healthcare, community leaders pursue a common goal

Guest post by Scott Kashman, chief administrative officer of Cape Coral Hospital, part of the Lee Memorial Health System in southwest Florida. Last week we had our ribbon-cutting for our Pathway...

Physician quality report cards: Most states receive a grade of F

Most states have dismal records for the information they provide to consumers on the quality of healthcare that physicians provide, according to the latest report card from the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute.

Accurate measurement key to combat misdiagnosis

Proper, accurate measurement is crucial to addressing the growing issue of medical misdiagnosis, according to an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Houston ranked best city for registered nurses

Houston, Texas, is the best metropolitan area for registered nurses, according to a new analysis from tech startup SpareFoot and

How a NJ health system bridges ACOs and population health management

A New Jersey health system's aggressive push into accountable care and population health management is already showing signs of success, according to Healthcare Informatics.

Feds call on hospitals to review disaster plans after Paris attacks

The horrifying attacks on restaurants, clubs and cafés in Paris last week have resulted in a call by U.S. federal agencies for healthcare providers and hospitals to review their disaster plans and to exercise "enhanced vigilance" in the days ahead. 

VA scandal: Department unveils plan to consolidate private doc networks

The embattled Department of Veterans Affairs is set to unveil the New Veterans Choice Program, its plan to combine its private physician networks to Congress, according to the Washington Post.

CMS finalizes bundled payment plan for joint replacements

Hospitals will now be held accountable for the quality of care they deliver to Medicare patients who have hip and knee replacements, under a new bundled payment initiative aimed to save the Medicare program $343 million over the next five years. 

Nurses satisfied with salaries, but not with where they work

Most nurses feel like they're making enough money, but up to 88 percent would rather work elsewhere, according to a new salary survey conducted by Medscape.

More than 1,000 hospitals named Joint Commission 'top performers'

More than 1,000 hospitals received special recognition for their scores on healthcare quality measures, according to The Joint Commission's 2015 annual report on quality and safety.

What the OIG's 2016 work plan means for hospitals

A new federal work plan shows a growing shift in the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General priorities, particularly with regard to hospitals.

Readmissions drop among elderly patients following joint replacement surgery

A new report from the AARP finds a significant drop in the number of unplanned hospital readmissions following hip and knee replacement surgery among patients age 50 or older between 2009 and 2013.

5 healthcare innovation centers to watch

Emphasis on innovation in healthcare has itself led to an innovation: the idea of the healthcare innovation center, in which healthcare leaders--often chief innovation officers--work both within their own organizations and with others in and out of the hospital sector to foster the next generation of big ideas in healthcare. In this special report, FierceHealthcare looks at five such centers and how they're changing the game for healthcare innovation.

How dementia drives ER visits, admissions and mortality rates

Elderly adults with dementia are more likely to visit the emergency department, be admitted to the hospital and die following a visit, according to a study from the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University Center for Aging Research.

Misunderstanding about antibiotic resistance complicates global education efforts

Public health officials have their work cut out in trying to change the way people across the globe use antibiotics, according to a new survey by the World Health Organization.

Fighting, falling leading causes of eye injury; Mediation better for pain than placebo;

News From Around the Web > Fights and falls are the leading causes of eye injuries that require hospitalization, according to research presented at the 119th Annual Meeting of the American Academy...

HHS to end provider agreement with Seattle hospital over 'multi-systemwide failures'

In the wake of an inspection that found "multi-systemwide failures" that created a major risk of patient harm, Seattle's Western State Hospital may lose millions in Medicare and Medicaid funding, according to the Associated Press.

4 steps to maximize hospital community health efforts

All stakeholders in the healthcare industry must take four steps in order for hospitals to improve population health within their communities, according to an opinion piece from the Brookings Institution.

FDA recalls endoscope cleaning devices due to infection risk

The Food and Drug Administration has ordered the recall of roughly 2,800 Custom Ultrasonics automated endoscope reprocessors from hospitals and other healthcare facilities, claiming the company cannot prove that the devices properly clean and disinfect endoscopes.

OR traffic increases risk of infection

Surgical teams put patients at risk for infection by frequently entering and leaving the operating room, according to a new study published in the journal Orthopedics.