Can hospitals become hubs for improving community health?

Hospitals are logical hubs for tackling community socioeconomic issues that affect population health, but several challenges stand in the way, according to a new discussion paper from the Brookings Institute.

5 ways to ensure transgender patients are treated with respect

A medical journal article detailing how a transgender patient was treated like a "freak show" in a U.S. emergency department has prompted the Emergency Nurses Association to call on its members to show sensitivity and respect for transgender patients.


New infection control protocols at California hospital that closed OR last year due to HAI

A review of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services inspection reports over the past five years by The Orange County Register reveals how award-winning hospitals can fail to follow protocols designed to prevent hospital-acquired infections.

Hospitals make little progress on heart failure readmissions

Although hospitals make efforts to prevent heart failure readmissions, few have achieved meaningful reductions in recent years, according to research presented at the Heart Failure Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting and published in the Journal of Cardiac Failure.

Fear of overtesting and malpractice often drives diagnostic errors

One reason for the widespread problem of diagnostic errors is the pressure clinicians are under to avoid unnecessary tests and control healthcare costs, according to a leading healthcare expert who was one of the reviewers of the recent Institute of Medicine report that revealed most people will experience a misdiagnosis at some point in their lives.

Short pause after patient death helps medical teams recover emotionally

Medical teams at the University of Virginia Medical Center find that pausing for a few moments after a patient dies helps them accept the loss and experience less emotional trauma.


Why Geisinger's care coordination strategies are a model for the US

Geisinger Health System, a Pennsylvania physician-led hospital system serving predominantly rural coal country, has emerged as a care-coordination model for the nation and CEO David Feinberg told The Wall Street Journal he hopes the strategies will one day be so successful that the system will close its hospitals.

How hospitals can maximize the full potential of infectious disease specialists

Hospitals that use their infectious disease specialists only to reduce hospital-acquired infections and prevent the spread of contagious diseases aren't maximizing their full potential, according to a blog post at Hospital & Health Networks Daily. 

3 challenges to hospital innovation--and how to fix them

As innovation becomes an increasingly vital part of the healthcare landscape amid rapid change within the industry, several obstacles may keep efforts at innovation from taking off, according to Executive Insight.

Nurses take aim at workplace bullying

Nurses are taking steps to handle bullying in the workplace. A series of blog posts from American Sentinel University aims to explore workplace bullying and examine conflict resolution strategies, whether the bullying is coming from "disruptive" physicians or from each other.

How healthcare leaders can drive change during an acquisition

Guest post by Darlene A. Cunha, regional vice president of hospital operations for Prospect Medical Holdings. For the past several months, I have been on the ground preparing an organization for...

Aging population: Hospitals must consider growing number of patients without advocates

As the population ages, the healthcare industry must step up its attention to geriatric and palliative care--and that includes preparing for patients who cannot voice their own wishes and have no family or advocates to do it for them.

South Florida health systems face huge settlement for overpaying physicians

Two South Florida health systems have agreed to multi-million dollar settlements following allegations that they violated federal law by overcompensating physicians, sometimes offering packages of more than $1 million in an effort to induce referrals. 

3 reasons nurses report to work sick

Fear of punishment, strict attendance policies and lack of staff coverage are three reasons nurses go to work when sick even though they are well aware of the risks it poses to patients.

PAs, advanced practice nurses key to population health management

Before Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago could fully leverage advanced practice nurses and physician assistants to improve care delivery, hospital leaders first had to educate their medical teams about the role APNs could play in their efforts to better manage population health. 

Pioneer ACOs reduced low-value services in year one of Medicare program

Medicare's Pioneer accountable care organizations led to a slight drop in "low-value" services their first year, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Improved doc-patient communication linked to reduced readmissions

Although many hospitals invest in hotel-like amenities to improve the patient experience, leaders would be better off spending more money on improving caregiver-patient communication, the number-one factor in preventable readmissions, according to research published in Management Science.

Government shutdown fears: NIH would have to turn away critically ill patients

If the government shuts down Oct. 1, the National Institutes of Health will once again be forced to turn away new patients with critical illnesses, as it did in 2013 when the government closed for 16 days, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) told The Washington Post

How managing your email inbox can improve patient care

Being responsive conveys respect, says one of the country's best-known hospital CEOs, right down to how quickly leaders respond to emails.


VA scandal: Senate panel blasts continued whistleblower reprisals

The movement for reforms within the Department of Veterans Affairs has largely focused on reducing wait times at VA facilities, but advocates say there's still a culture in which whistleblowers are discouraged or punished. Now a whistleblower advocacy group says the department has made little progress on the issue a year later, according to the Associated Press.