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Kathleen Sebelius to resign as HHS Secretary

Kathleen Sebelius is expected to announce today that she is stepping down from her post as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, according to multiple news outlets.

Hospital execs must take charge, responsibility

Guest post by Lynn McVey, CEO and president of Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center, an acute care, 230-bed hospital in New Jersey. Chuck Lauer is a former healthcare news publisher turned author and...

Do differences in physician and NP training impact patient care?

As more states expand the scope of practice for nurse practitioners in an effort to combat the growing physician shortageRemapping Debate explores the differences in training between the providers and whether those differences impact patient care.

8 overlooked ways to improve patient safety

The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety presented a list of ways to improve postoperative patient safety and health outcomes at the annual Association of perioperative Registered Nurses conference earlier this month.

Take strategic planning back to basics

To find long-term solutions to hospital problems, healthcare providers must take a fresh approach to strategic planning, according to well-known healthcare reform expert Paul Keckley in an opinion piece published in Hospitals & Health Networks Daily.

Hospital CEO turnover brings fresh perspective, evolving leadership position

In an innovative and dynamic period for the healthcare industry, high CEO turnover, leaders from outside the traditional realm and C-suite turnover bring new skills and fresh blood into hospitals and healthcare systems, according to a Hospitals & Health Networks post by Mary Grayson.

Community factors linked to hospital readmission rates

Community factors, such as socioeconomic status, physician mix and nursing home quality, may affect hospital readmission rates more than previously thought, according to a study published in Health Services Research

Hospitalists translate into successful C-suite execs

Physicians with a hospital background and natural leadership abilities are a perfect fit for the C-suite executive roundtable, according to an article published in The Hospitalist.

Animal therapy benefits research inconclusive

There's not enough evidence to determine whether animal and human interaction within hospitals actually benefits either party, according to a study published in Anthrozoos: A Multidisciplinary Journal of The Interactions of People & Animals.

3 strategies to cut prevelant HAI infection

Hospitals should follow three strategies to reduce the risk of catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI), according to recommendations published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.

CDC: Fewer families have problems paying their medical bills

Families aren't having as much trouble paying their medical bills, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Medicaid expansion doesn't hurt healthcare access

Expanding Medicaid eligibility has neither reduced care access nor increased emergency department (ED) use, according to a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Tips to boost hospital patient satisfaction ratings

Six years ago Park Ridge Health in Hendersonville, N.C., had the worst patient satisfaction scores in Western North Carolina. Today, after an initiative to change its hospital culture and increase focus on customer service, it boasts the highest rating in the region and the third-highest in the state.

Violence against hospital nurses prompts call for education, planning

Hospital violence is at the forefront of many healthcare safety conversations after recent assaults on two New York-area nurses, one of whom suffered a critical head injury, according to Nurse.com.

Top 10 greenest hospitals in the world

Nine U.S. hospitals are among the 10 most environmentally conscious in the world, according to Healthcare-Administration-Degree.net.

CT hospitals tame infections with high-reliability strategies

Connecticut hospitals are training more than 10,000 employees in high-reliability strategies similar to those in aviation and nuclear power in an effort to help hospitals reduce statewide medical errors and improve patient safety and experience, the CT Mirror reported.

New patient appointment availability depends on insurance coverage

Although patients may now have insurance through health insurance exchanges, the coverage doesn't guarantee that physicians will accept it, according to a new study from JAMA New Medicine.

Doc Medicare payment data release may expose self-referral

The federal government could expose doctors who receive substantial payments from unnecessary tests and procedures when it releases doctors' Medicare payment data, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.

How lean strategies saved a NH critical access hospital from financial ruin

Peter L. Gosline, president and CEO of Monadnock Community Hospital in Petersborough, N.H., explains how lean Six Sigma strategies helped save the critical access hospital from layoffs and financial ruin.

 

 

 

Medical scribes make docs more efficient, productive

In an era where doctors spend hours a day filling out forms, scheduling patients, searching for data and coordinating care to improve quality and lower costs, medical scribes could be the key to freeing doctors to spend more time treating and interacting with patients, according to an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal.