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Patient safety experts: Make hand hygiene, flu shots mandatory for healthcare workers

Clinicians must no longer have the right to refuse to follow best practices for hand hygiene and influenza vaccinations, according to leading patient safety advocates in a Health Affairs blog post.

3 ways hospital leaders can improve nurse retention

As a wave of retiring nurses creates increased demand and potential shortages, hospital leaders must keep several strategies in mind to retain their nursing staff, according to Hospitals & Health Networks.

CEO succession planning: Recruiting hospital leaders for the future

Every day, FierceHealthcare could fill its daily newsletter with announcements about CEO resignations and retirements. Just this week, I've read reports that Basil Ariglio has stepped down as...

California hospital investigates suspected superbug outbreak linked to scopes

Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, California is investigating a suspected superbug outbreak associated with a duodenoscope that is linked to cases of deadly infections across the country, according to the Los Angeles Times

Why the next generation of nurses must look at social determinants of health

The next generation of nurses can change healthcare for the better if they are willing to rethink and disrupt the nursing status quo by addressing the role of inequality and social factors in healthcare, argues Nicole Smith, an alumna of UC Davis Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing.

3 steps to better understand the patient experience, improve satisfaction

In an effort to improve patient satisfaction, most hospitals rely on the national Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey to gauge patients' perspectives on care. But a new white paper says that while the survey findings provide insight into the patient experience, it isn't designed to provide the high-level details that hospitals need to link patient satisfaction with business performance.

 

Turning down the volume: Hospital experiments with sound panels to reduce noise

Complaints that hospital noise from monitors and paging systems interrupts patients' sleep and can influence their blood pressure and heart rates has led one Michigan system to borrow a method used in music rooms to make the hospital quieter and improve patient care.

Critics complain proposed sepsis reporting rules could lead to overtreatment

Sepsis is one of the top drivers of costs, readmissions and mortality for hospitals, accounting for up to half of all hospital deaths, but until recently it has not received the same scrutiny as other top causes from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. But proposed CMS reporting requirements for doctors who treat the condition are drawing mixed reviews.

5 factors that indicate patients are at risk for unplanned readmissions

​Patients with chronic cardiovascular and pulmonary disease, those discharged on Fridays, those who have long lengths of stay, and those with a high number of previous emergency department visits are at a greater risk for unplanned and expensive hospital readmissions, new research shows.

How healthcare merger-mania hurts competition, care access

The current wave of consolidation within the healthcare industry is bad for care access, competition and patient choice, argues an opinion piece published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Two largest hospitals in Anchorage continue to struggle over limited ER beds

The two largest hospitals in Anchorage, Alaska are continuing their tug-of war over the number of emergency room beds that they can add during the next several years, according to the Alaska Dispatch News.

The pros and cons of running a new hospital

Running a new hospital has its advantages but also carries the drawback of trying to develop a culture while competing with more established, experienced providers, two hospital chief executives told Becker's Hospital Review.

What providers can learn from an early Triple Aim adopter

In a blog post for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Leslie Graham, chief executive officer and Barbara Eldridge, manager of quality improvement, both of the Primary Care Coalition in Montgomery County, Maryland, describe some of the lessons they learned while they worked on projects to improve population health as part of the Triple Aim.

Collaboration, risk-taking drive healthcare innovation [Special Report]

In this exclusive FierceHealthcare special report, we explore some of the obstacles to innovation and how these unique ventures offer lasting lessons to healthcare leaders who want to drive change in the industry.

Patient safety risk: First responders often unprepared to treat children

First responders lack experience in emergencies involving children, and it puts patient safety at risk, causing significant injury or death in 4 to 17 percent of hospital admissions, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics.

Competition forces Swedish Health Services to cut its outpatient prices

While healthcare prices continue to rise across the country, Swedish Health Services in Seattle managed to cut prices for 90 percent of its outpatient services at five hospitals, two ambulatory care centers and 100 clinics in the Puget Sound area, according to a Heartland Institute report.

FDA sends warning letters to 3 manufacturers of superbug-linked scopes

The Food and Drug Administration has sent warning letters to three major manufacturers of a specialized medical scope linked to deadly "superbug" outbreaks at hospitals.

To improve patient satisfaction, hospitals target sleep disruptions

To improve patients' sleep patterns, many providers are working to reduce or reschedule activities that interfere with a full night's rest. Simple solutions include giving nurses the option to align medicine administration to patients' sleep schedules.

Cleveland hospital systems scramble to transform business

Spurred in part by the impact of the U.S. healthcare reform law, three major hospital systems in Cleveland are scrambling to transform their businesses.

Hospitals drive satisfaction, outcomes with doc empathy

Doctor empathy is a vital but often overlooked aspect of care delivery--and as patient satisfaction becomes more important, hospitals are increasingly training physicians to understand their patients as well as treat them.