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House call program cuts readmissions, unnecessary ER use

New research indicates house calls can prevent unnecessary emergency room use and 30-day readmissions.

Malpractice claims against nurses on the rise

Malpractice claims against nurses have increased in recent years, according to a new report published by the Nurses Service Organization.

Transformational management improves nurse retention, patient care

The management style known as transformational leadership helps nurses provide better care and improves retention of nurses early in their career, according to a study published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing.

3 steps to help reduce diagnostic errors

Although many providers believe that a diagnostic error can never happen to them, the threat of a misdiagnosis is real. The latest research indicates that a diagnostic error is a factor in about 10 percent of patient deaths, according to a blog post by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Here are three ways you can reduce the chance of a diagnostic error.

Mass General's "SharingClinic" bets big on healthcare storytelling

Massachusetts General Hospital hopes its new interactive "listening booth" will help improve communication and facilitate storytelling in healthcare settings, according to WBUR.

 

Flint hospital first alerted officials about Legionnaires' link to water supply a year ago

Although a Flint hospital suspected a link between Legionnaire's disease bacteria and the water supply in Detroit more than a year ago, state officials didn't alert the public until just a few weeks ago, the Associated Press reported via Business Insider.

Colleagues shocked by the suicide of Broward Health CEO

The death of the CEO of the Broward Health system by a self-inflicted gunshot wound has left colleagues in a state of shock.

ER drug shortages for life-saving medications on the rise

Drug shortages in hospital emergency departments have worsened, increasing more than 400 percent since 2008, according to a study published in Academic Emergency Medicine.

Low staffing levels hold back hospital revenue, patient satisfaction scores

Hospitals could treat more patients, increase revenue and improve patient satisfaction if they hired more staff working directly with patients, a new study finds.

The nursing shortage: Opportunities and challenges

A new blog series by American Sentinel University examines the current nurse shortage, its causes and possible solutions.

Disrespect still a significant problem in healthcare work settings

Disrespect and rudeness from coworkers and superiors remains a serious problem for healthcare workers in spite of concerted efforts by the healthcare industry to curb and eliminate the behavior.

David Bowie's death inspires end-of-life conversations

A palliative care consultant said the death of David Bowie has allowed him to open up discussions with his patients about end of life. 

Leaders step up recruitment strategies in wake of nursing shortage

With the healthcare industry increasingly apprehensive about nursing shortages, and rural providers still facing a crisis of their own, leaders are ramping up efforts to recruit nurses.

Lessons in healthcare efficiency from India

Research has shown that U.S. healthcare lags behind that of other developed Western nations, but America's healthcare system could also take cues from India in its efforts to make care more efficient, argues a blog post published on NEJM Catalyst.

A healthcare CEO's take on what it means to be a 'superboss'

Guest post by Barry Ronan, president and CEO of Western Maryland Health System in Cumberland, Maryland First off, I do not consider myself a superboss; that is for others to decide. But I do find...

Course offers hospitals new guidelines to treat trafficking victims

Hospitals have a new resource to help clinicians identify and treat potential human trafficking victims, according to Hospitals & Health Networks.

Essential skills for exceptional hospital CEOs

Excellent healthcare leaders share several common traits, including an in-depth knowledge of how their whole business works and great decision-making skills, according to Harvard Business Review.

Oregon's coordinated care organizations cut ER use, chronic condition admissions

Oregon's 16 coordinated care organizations have continued to generate positive results, cutting admissions and emergency department use for numerous costly conditions, according to a report from the Oregon Health Authority.

Magnet status, higher nurse-to-patient staffing levels improve outcomes

Magnet hospitals and hospitals with better nurse staffing levels have better surgical outcomes at equal or lower costs than other providers, according to research published in JAMA Surgery.

Nurses at risk: Most don't comply with standard precautions for blood-borne pathogens

A new study raises troubling concerns that ambulatory care nurses fail to comply with standard precautions intended to protect them from blood-borne pathogens.