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Paul Keckley: MSSP ACO proposed rule changes don't go far enough

The changes proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to the Medicare Shared Savings Program are an attempt to save accountable care organizations but they don't go far enough, says leading health economist Paul Keckley, Ph.D..

How hospitals can save lives by planning for the worst

As hospitals around the country strive to prepare for emergencies within their walls, the Department of Health and Human Services has issued a guide to help facilities plan for how to handle one of the worst-case scenarios--an active shooter situation.

Why hospital boards need more nurse voices

Nurses are underrepresented on hospital boards, according to Becker's Hospital Review, comprising only 6 percent of board members.

Female speakers scarce at healthcare conferences

Already underrepresented among hospital CEOs, women also make up only about a quarter of speakers at healthcare conferences, according to a MedCity News article by Rock Health Managing Director Halle Tecco.

How Virginia employers enable nurse drug theft

Despite a state program to in place to keep drug addicted nurses in the workforce, 900 Virginia nurses have been disciplined for theft or abuse of prescription drugs since 2007, according to an investigation by the News Leader.

San Antonio State Hospital stops admitting mental patients

Blaming a nursing staff shortage, the San Antonio State Hospital (SASH), which treats poor and uninsured psychiatric patients who pose a danger to themselves or others, has issued a hold on admitting new patients, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

How hospital closures affect surviving facilities

Healthcare leaders can learn much from long-term patterns in hospital closures, according a study published in Health Affairs.

Dallas ER doc admits errors in country's first Ebola case

The Dallas hospital emergency room physician who initially misdiagnosed the country's first Ebola case acknowledged mistakes were made but told The Dallas Morning News that given the information he had at the time of the visit, his care and treatment were appropriate.

 

Daily leadership huddles drive up event reporting, cut errors

Morning huddles can significantly improve hospital culture and help hospital leaders anticipate preventable errors, according to a Harvard Business Review blog post.

5 lessons from healthcare partnership success stories

One of the best ways to improve population health management is through collaboration between healthcare facilities and community leaders, and a new study examines a variety of successful partnerships to make recommendations for how organizations can work together to improve public health.

 

How hospitals can go green, save green with food waste disposal

Thanks to the Ebola outbreak, much attention had been paid to hospitals' handling of medical waste, but improving to deal with a slightly more appetizing subject—food waste—is crucial for providers looking to modernize and cut costs, notes a recent article from Triple Pundit.

VA whistleblowers honored

The Office of Special Counsel, the agency responsible for whistleblower protection, honored three Department of Veterans Affairs physicians for disclosing major issues within VA facilities, such as using secret wait lists to cover up excessive wait times, according to the Washington Post.

3 ways to improve patients' access to care

When it comes to creating the optimal patient experience, there is no magic wand healthcare providers can wave. But one major piece to the puzzle is improving patients' access to care, Daniel Palestrant, M.D., writes in an article in Hospitals & Health Networks Daily.

Healthcare marketing: Capitalize on power of mutual attraction

Guest post by Andrea J. Simon, Ph.D., a former marketing, branding and culture change senior vice president at Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Michigan. She also is president and CEO of Simon...

3 great medical error reduction talks

Medical errors are one of the foremost issues in modern healthcare; a report last year found they are the third-leading cause of death in the United States, far more than the estimates in the 1999 Institute of Medicine report, "To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System." But what can healthcare providers and individual healthcare workers do to reduce these errors and address the cultural issues that allow them to continue? FierceHealthcare found three great talks on YouTube that uncover some of the secrets to medical error reduction.

National Patient Safety Board necessary to prevent patient deaths

Improving the accessibility of medical records, increasing accountability for clinicians and creating a National Patient Safety Board are all necessary to steps to reduce preventable hospital deaths, John T. James, Ph.D., a patient safety advocate, told West Health in a recent interview.

Readmission risk higher for poorest seniors

Seniors from the nation's lowest-income neighborhoods are at higher risk for readmission to the hospital for pneumonia or heart disease, according to a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

7 emerging healthcare trends

PwC has released its list of the top issues within the healthcare industry for 2015.

5 smart moves for healthcare leaders

Work smarter, not harder: It's a common phrase, but sometimes difficult to put into practice. Becker's Hospital Review helps to unravel that mystery a bit by sharing some of the smartest moves healthcare leaders can take to thrive in today's ever-evolving industry

Healthcare worker exposed to Ebola arrives at Emory

Another American healthcare worker who may have been exposed to Ebola in West Africa has arrived at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta for treatment, according to Forbes.