Despite efforts, US obesity rate continues to climb

The U.S. obesity rate continues to rise, dashing the expectations of health professionals who hoped to see a decline. While rates of sugar and sweetened soft drink consumption are down, nationally, the obesity rate has remained stubbornly high, according to new statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

How hospitals' 'culture of secrecy' keeps error victims out of the loop

A "culture of secrecy" within healthcare often prevents the victims of medical malpractice from getting the full picture, according to a report from Cleveland-based ABC affiliate WEWS-TV.

The next phase of patient safety improvement: Tackling misdiagnosis

The healthcare industry must adopt a systemwide approach to tackling medical misdiagnosis, a growing concern due to recent research that estimates 12 million people in the U.S. will experience a diagnostic error each year, argues an opinion piece published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Value University to teach healthcare professionals how to improve care

University of Utah Health Care will offer healthcare professionals a free online leaning platform, Value University, to help them achieve the Triple Aim of improved value and care at lower costs.

Nurses' work environment helps outcomes, readmissions more than staffing

The nurse work environment contributes more to good patient outcomes and reduced readmission rates than staffing levels do, according to a new report from Press Ganey.

In healthcare, technology is not the answer--data is

Guest post by Lynn McVey, chief operating officer of Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center, an acute care, 230-bed hospital in New Jersey Mother Jones magazine recently published a critical piece...

4 Fierce patient experience videos

To help inspire hospitals improve the patient experience, FierceHealthcare turned to YouTube and found five videos that demonstrate just what goes into creating a quality patient experience.

VA paid $142M in bonuses during the year of scandal

The embattled Department of Veterans Affairs paid out $142 million in executive and employee bonuses in 2014, the same year a major, ongoing scandal involving care delays first broke, according to USA Today.

Retail clinics to surpass 2,800 in next two years

Retail health clinics will continue to expand throughout the country and will increase by nearly 50 percent in the next two years, according to a new report from Accenture.

Hospital readmissions common among patients who had emergency surgery

Patients who had emergency general surgery are at high risk for readmission within 30 days of their hospitalizations due to surgical-site infections and gastrointestinal complications, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Surgery.

More hospitals adopt EHRs but challenges remain

A new study finds that more hospitals have implemented electronic health record systems, but challenges and the adoption gap remain. 

Boston's Childrens and TV special effects team create super-realistic surgical trainers

The special effects company Fractured FX, which won an Emmy this fall for "American Horror Story: Freak Show," has partnered with Boston Children's Hospital's simulator program, SIMPeds, to create what the hospital calls "ultra-realistic" anatomic models for use in medical and surgical training.

'Post-hospital syndrome' ups readmission risk for outpatient elective surgery patients

Patients who have been hospitalized within the last 90 days have a special vulnerability in the healthcare setting to "post-hospital syndrome," according to a study presented this week at the annual meeting of the Western Surgical Association.

Provider-led health plans are still rare, but a growing number on insurance marketplaces

While some healthcare systems have jumped into the business of sponsoring their own health insurance plans, so called 'provider-led' plans are still rare, according to a report by Kaiser Health News.

Stress a possible reason for disruptive behavior

The healthcare industry must do more to address the disruptive behavior on the part of physicians, according to a commentary in Medscape.

Court rules hospital not responsible for employee's Facebook patient privacy violations

A judge has ruled a hospital is not liable for an employee's Facebook post containing a screenshot of a patient's medical record that revealed she had a sexually-transmitted infection, setting a potential precedent for emerging issues of social media and patient privacy, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Healthcare leadership diversity improving, but there's a long way to go

Healthcare executives believe they're closing the diversity gap in their leadership ranks--at least, that's what they think if they're white and male, a new survey finds.

Unnecessary care up at Massachusetts hospitals

Massachusetts hospitals must reduce their levels of unnecessary care, particularly cesarean sections and avoidable admissions for asthma- and congestive heart failure-related complications, according to a soon-to-be-released report. 

Patient engagement lessons from Procter & Gamble

Hospitals that seek inspiration for how to increase patient-centered care should look to consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble, according to a Forbes column.

The weekend effect: Hospitals more likely to discard donor organs

A new study shows another potential devastating consequence of the weekend effect: Hospitals were more likely to discard organs procured during the weekend than kidneys obtained on other days.