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Patient handoffs: Risk of death increases when medical residents leave clinical rotations

The risk of patient death significantly increases when medical residents leave their monthly clinical rotations and turn their patients' care over to other residents, according to new research presented at the American Thoracic Society's 2016 Annual Conference.

OSHA rule would make hospital workplace injury data public

A new final rule from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on workplace injuries will require hospitals and healthcare organizations to release injury data that will later be posted on the agency's website.

Opioid epidemic: ICU admissions, overdose deaths on the rise

As the opioid epidemic continues, intensive care units across the country are seeing more and more overdose patients and deaths, according to research presented at the American Thoracic Society's 2016 International Meeting.

CEO turnover: Have a strong succession plan, groom leaders from within

CEO turnover is an issue plaguing the healthcare industry--turnover rates were at 18 percent for 2015--but grooming potential leaders from within and having a plan for a potential succession can help ease the transition.

5 strategies for value-based physician alignment

As hospitals increasingly employ physicians and rank physician alignment as a top priority, they should keep several key principles in mind to create successful alignment strategies, according to Hospitals & Health Networks.

Major Calif. hospitals dropped the ball on superbug prevention

A state investigation of two of Los Angeles' major hospitals discovered numerous safety issues of the kind that led to antibiotic-resistant superbug outbreaks in recent years, according to the Los Angeles Times.

HHS issues final rule to improve health equity

The federal government has taken a firm stand against discrimination, issuing a final rule that promotes health equity and takes aim at longstanding disparities within healthcare.

Oregon health system the first in U.S. to offer transgender health program

As more transgender people come out, hospitals are adjusting to the new social norms that come with the change. One Portland hospital is leading the charge with a program designed to make transgender patients feel more welcome in an intimidating environment, according to an article in The Oregonian.

Healthcare transformation: Women lead the way

Women are leading change within the healthcare industry, developing initiatives showcased last week at the Forbes Women's Summit that promote patient engagement and personalized medicine. 

Zika virus: Senate reaches deal for $1.1.B relief package

Senate negotiators have reached an agreement on a spending package to fund efforts against the Zika virus to the tune of $1.1 billion, nearly $1 billion less than President Barack Obama's request, according to the Associated Press.

Involve facilities professionals in patient safety efforts, expert says

National Patient Safety Foundation President and CEO Tejal Gandhi, M.D., said it is important for healthcare systems to include facilities professionals alongside clinical teams for patient safety efforts.

Mobile clinics cut costs, inappropriate ER use

Use of mobile clinics is on the rise among hospitals with low-income patient populations whose living situation is often too uncertain for them to visit hospitals, according to Marketplace.

Providers divided on best way to improve patient engagement

Most healthcare providers believe that improved patient engagement leads to better outcomes, but were divided on the best strategies to accomplish this, according to survey results published in an NEJM Catalyst blog post.

CDC continues mold investigation at Pittsburgh hospitals

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has yet to complete its investigation into why four transplant patients at two Pittsburgh hospitals contracted mold infections and later died, but a "Notes from the Field" report posted Thursday confirmed it is still focused on the facility's negative pressure room.

CMS star ratings: The methodology behind the quality reports

A leading healthcare expert tried to explain the methodology a federal agency uses to arrive at star ratings for hospitals Thursday during a webinar where officials also outlined upcoming changes to the rating system.

Poor hospital design may negatively impact nurses' performance, study finds

An Australian study found that poorly-designed hospitals are adding to stress and burnout for nurses and is impacting staff retention.

Involving med students in hospital work doesn't slow procedures

Last year, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found the presence of medical students in emergency departments has little effect on length of operations. Now a new study by the team, also published in JAMA, has corrected for what a letter to the editor says were omissions in the initial study model.

Patient-centric care may improve revenues, margins for hospitals

Research from consulting firm Accenture suggests that a patient-centric model of care may increase the financial bottom line for hospitals.

Hand hygiene: Electronic monitoring tools just one element of compliance plans

Electronic monitoring tools may help promote hand-hygiene compliance, but ensuring that the habit sticks will require leaders to fully commit to enforcement, a study has found.