4 ways hospitals can foster family-centered care

Hospitals hoping to better understand how to provide patient-centered care could learn some lessons from pediatric hospitals, according to an NEJM Catalyst article. That's because what patients really need is family-centered care, the authors contend--and pediatric hospitals like Nemours Children's Health System in Delaware, New Jersey, excel at it.

Pediatric ER seeks to limit stressors for autistic patients

A pilot program at an Orlando, Florida, hospital aims at reducing autistic children's stress during visits to the emergency room, according to Bay News 9.

Nurses, hospital groups clash on Massachusetts bill to improve response to violence

Amid nationwide concerns about hospital violence, Massachusetts healthcare workers have often gotten the worst of it, such as a murder-suicide involving a cardiac surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital last year. Now, according to, Bay State nurses are organizing to demand improved protection from what increasingly feels like healthcare's new status quo.

Superbug-linked scopes: Feds failed to act on earlier outbreak

A recent report found blame to go around for a series of bacterial infection outbreaks linked to contaminated medical scopes, with regulators, hospitals and manufacturers all dropping the ball. Now new evidence indicates the problems with the scopes were apparent nearly four years ago, according to the Los Angeles Times, but major players in healthcare oppose a key feature that would prevent a delay in notification from happening again.

8 developing healthcare trends

Strategies to engage more value-conscious patients and consumers are among eight key healthcare trends that will develop over the next five years, according to a new report issued by the American Hospital Association's Society for Healthcare Strategy & Market Development and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Finances still top list of hospital CEO concerns

Financial challenges top the list of concerns for community hospital CEOs for at least the fourth year running, according to the American College of Healthcare Executives' annual survey.

Antibiotic exposure can predict C. diff infections

A new study examines the role of specific antibiotics in the development of Clostridium difficile infections, a drug-resistant, bacterial "superbug" that now rivals Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus as the most common and severe infection resistant to antibiotics.


ERs could shed light on police shootings

Hospital emergency departments have great potential as a potential source to shed light on police shootings, according to National Public Radio.

Surgical safety checklists: Save lives and cut length of stay

Surgical safety checklists can save lives and reduce lengths of stay but only if they are properly implemented in the operating room, according to a new study.

Learn the language of leaders to improve hospital management

Guest post by Michelle Rathman, president and CEO of Impact! Communications Inc., a healthcare strategy company specializing in rural healthcare organizational culture transformation,...

Federal appeals court removes barrier for dual hospital classification

It may now be easier for hospitals to improve outcomes at lower costs by claiming both "urban" and "rural" status, thanks to a ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York.

HHS announces reforms to Native American healthcare system

Federal officials have released a plan aimed at improving care in hospitals serving Native Americans in four Great Plains states, according to the Associated Press.

Hospital-based wellness centers on the rise

Hospital-based wellness centers are changing the healthcare model by providing convenient access to early treatment, preventive care and pro-active wellness programs. 

Promising early results for CMS' nursing home-hospital admissions program

A federal initiative to reduce preventable hospital admissions among nursing home residents has returned encouraging early results, according to a new report.

Public health agencies, hospitals prepare for potential Zika spread

It's been nearly two years since public health agencies' efforts to prevent the spread of Ebola dominated the headlines and now those agencies, as well as individual healthcare providers, have their work similarly cut out for them to combat the Zika virus.

Growing RN vacancies in Florida signal a 'nursing shortage tsunami'

The looming nursing shortage and questions about just how severe it's going to be continues to prompt concern among hospital leaders and healthcare industry watchers.


Nurse leaders slow to adopt evidence-based practices

Efforts to improve patient outcomes and cut costs remain an uphill struggle for many hospitals, and much of the blame may lie with failure to use evidence-based practices, according to research published in Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing.

Longer surgical resident shifts pose no risk to patients

A new study published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine  says that longer shifts for surgical residents pose no safety risk to patients. These findings lend weight to the argument that resticting the traditionally long residency shifts of new doctors does not significantly improve patient outcomes and in fact may lead to problems with patients' continuity of care. 

Nurses combat hospital violence with de-escalation tactics

The threat of violence increasingly feels like the "new normal" for hospitals, and now emergency nurses are taking steps to prepare for such incidents, according to

Rural nurses key to providing palliative care in critical access hospitals

A new study in the February issue of Critical Care Nurse highlights the important role nurses at critical access hospitals play in meeting the need for high-quality palliative care in rural settings.