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4 cancer care trends to watch

Although new care models and diagnostic strategies are improving cancer care management, a new issue has emerged: Whether the innovations are cost-effective.

Rhode Island Hospital must pay $25M for negligence

A jury has ruled Rhode Island Hospital in Providence must pay $25.6 million in a negligence suit, the largest such verdict in the history of the state.

Volunteers help hospitals improve the patient experience

As hospital leaders strive to engage patients and their families and improve the organization's overall experience, some have found that the people who are most effective at achieving these goals are not staff or healthcare providers at all.

3 ways providers can drive patient engagement

The healthcare industry's shift from volume to value has made it more important than ever for hospitals and healthcare organizations to actively engage patients in their care, according to Health Affairs.

Virginia Mason joins scope lawsuit; LifePoint Hospitals changes name;

News From Around the Web > Seattle-based Virginia Mason Health System will join a lawsuit against the manufacturers of medical scopes linked to nearly 40 infections, according to NBC News. Video...

Hospital cuts C-section rates with data transparency, scheduling rule changes

A hospital in Orange County, California, cut its cesarean section rates from one of the highest in the area to just slightly more than 1 in 3 over a three-year period, according to Kaiser Health News.

Report slams WHO for Ebola response

The World Health Organization's slow response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa demonstrates the need for substantial reform within the agency, according to an initial report by an independent panel of experts.

Healthcare industry can't get no (patient) satisfaction

Even as the healthcare industry puts an increasing emphasis on customer service, a new report from the American Consumer Satisfaction Index finds that overall patient satisfaction has dropped.

Personalized medicine could fix patient non-adherence problem

Patients who don't follow the advice of their providers cause a significant amount of waste in the industry, accounting for 13 percent of overall healthcare spending. Improving adherence is a major priority for healthcare providers, but improvement efforts do not focus enough on what works best for patients, argues a Forbes column.

How Baltimore hospitals can reduce disparities

Unrest over Freddie Gray's death in Baltimore Police Department custody highlights the role Baltimore's healthcare system can play in reducing the city's stark disparities, according to an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

ER super-users have higher risk of death

Although many hospital administrators view patients who frequently turn up at the emergency room as a nuisance, new research shows that these "super-users" have unmet needs and are at a high risk of death compared to patients who don't usually seek emergency care.

Public health lessons from the Ebola outbreak

Even as the Ebola outbreak that devastated West Africa last year winds down, healthcare's response to it may have profound long-term implications for the industry, according to a series of articles in The Lancet.

Why a Massachusetts hospital promotes 'Email Free Fridays'

While many workplaces embrace the dressed-down tradition of "casual Friday," Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth, an affiliate of the Boston medical center, decided to give its employees a break from a different occupational annoyance--email overload.

AHA15: Burwell, Bradley among big names who highlight trends and challenges at annual conference

Many of the biggest names in healthcare attended this week's American Hospital Association (AHA) annual meeting to talk about the accomplishments, political concerns and strategies to overcome...

Kaiser, Intermountain to participate in U.S. News' hospital evaluation initiative

Kaiser Permanente and Intermountain Healthcare will participate in the U.S. News & World Report Hospital Outcome Data Disclosure Program, a new initiative designed to better evaluate hospitals and give patients a thorough picture about the hospitals in their communities, the publication announced.

Clinical ethicists bridge doctor-family communication gap

In the healthcare business, situations inevitably arise where clinicians disagree with one another or clinicians and patients' families disagree on the best course of action, which is where clinical ethicists come in, according to Medscape.

 

Hospital violence: Why ERs are most vulnerable

As an uptick in violent incidents in healthcare facilities spawns a range of emergency preparedness plans, hospitals looking to tighten security must recognize that emergency departments are especially vulnerable, security experts said in a Healthcare Finance News article.

HHS will expand Pioneer ACO program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Pioneer Accountable Care Organization program saved nearly $400 million in two years, qualifying it for an expansion, the Department of Health and Human Services announced this week.

Obama taps ONC head Karen DeSalvo to join HHS

National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo is just a Senate confirmation away from officially joining the Department of Health and Human Services as its new assistant secretary for health, President Barack Obama announced Wednesday.

Providers look to physician leadership, IT to boost patient experience

As patient experience officers become an increasingly important part of hospital operations, healthcare organizations also have started to give physician leaders and health information technology bigger roles in the process, according to a survey of chief experience officers from Experience Innovation Network.