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Older, sicker minority patients more likely to die after urological surgery

Older, sicker, minority patients and those with public insurance are more likely to die from a potentially preventable complication after commonly performed urological surgeries, according to a study published in BJU International

Hospital ICUs should reconsider use of harmful patient restraints

Hospitals should reconsider whether physical restraints are a good tool to use, especially in the intensive care unit as they could be ineffective or harmful in some situations, writes author Ravi Parikh in an article in The Atlantic.

The power of art: Hospitals use paintings, sculptures to improve patient health, satisfaction

Hospital leaders frequently incorporate design when they remodel facilities in order to improve population health and community wellness. But many organizations now try to prominently display works of art to reduce patient stress and boost satisfaction, the Wall Street Journal reports. Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital took the concept to a whole new level, commissioning 19 artists to decorate its newly opened facilty in Indianapolis.

How healthcare executives can take the lead in population health management

Going above and beyond in risk analysis is key to manage population health, Steven C. Linn, M.D., CMO & vice president of academic affairs for New Jersey-based Inspira Health Network, said in a video interview with Hospitals & Health Networks.

Health execs offer advice on leadership, ACOs

In one of the most dynamic eras ever for healthcare in the United States, many hospital and health system executives wonder what skills they need to lead their organizations in general and accountable care organizations in particular.

Patient safety incident could cost Texas hospital government funding

A Texas hospital could lose government funding going forward as a result of putting a patient in "immediate jeopardy" of harm, although the details of the case weren't released, The Dallas Morning News reported.

Ebola outbreak worsens as scientists search for source of virus

As the two American missionaries who contracted Ebola while in Liberia recover at Emory Hospital in Atlanta, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports the outbreak is worse than previously thought--and controlling the virus is especially difficult because researchers don't know the source, according to Fox News.

 

Train nurses in mental health issues earlier to close care gap

Training nurses in mental health issues earlier in their education could help close the gap in mental healthcare, as well as better equip nurses to deal with mentally ill patients, according to Nurse.com

Layoff, job cut fears drive opposition of Prime acquisition

A hospital chain's bid to acquire six California hospitals faces opposition, according to the Lose Angeles Times.

Partners execs got double-digit pay bumps

Executives at Massachusetts' largest healthcare provider saw nearly 20 percent pay bumps between fiscal years 2012 and 2013, the Boston Business Journal reports.

ER marketing: Health system uses mailers to advertise heart attack care

As some hospitals across the country turn to old-school marketing techniques to bring in targeted patients, a Tennessee-based hospital chain uses mailers to alert patients about what emergency department (ED) to turn to if they have a heart attack, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

States use HHS grants to offset care gaps

In the face of a looming primary care shortage and an ongoing rural health crisis, many healthcare programs invest in training nurses to work in underserved areas with the help of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Open Payment system back online, CMS announces

The Open Payments system is once again available for physicians and teaching hospitals to register, review and dispute financial interaction information received from healthcare manufacturers and Group Purchasing Organizations, according to an announcement from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Patient flow model helps independent community hospital improve length of stay, culture

One independent community hospital in Illinois adopted a new patient-flow model that reduced length of stay, bolstered hospital culture and improved patient flow, according to an article in Hospitals & Health Networks.

Hospitals around the world take extra precautions against Ebola

As concerns increase over the Ebola outbreak, hospitals across the globe take precautions that go beyond experts' recommendations, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Robin Williams' suicide shines spotlight on depression, healthcare services and treatment options

I'll never forget my first--and only--panic attack. About 18 years ago, while driving over the Tobin Bridge that crosses the Mystic River in Boston to head home after covering a healthcare...

Health tour aims to foster innovation among local leaders

A San Francisco-based company has started a nationwide tour aimed at kickstarting dialogue between local healthcare leaders to help them improve quality of care, boost patient engagement and eliminate inefficiencies within healthcare.

Hospitals must screen for superbugs like CRE or face deadly consequences

Hospitals must do a better job screening for antibiotic-resistant superbugs or face potentially deadly consequences.

New Orleans hospital flips floor plan to survive natural disasters

A Veterans Affairs hospital destroyed by Hurricane Katrina will rebuild to safeguard against future natural disasters, flipping the typical floor plan upside down, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.

Medical errors up 70% in Massachusetts while patient safety improves nationwide

Massachusetts acute care hospitals saw a 70 percent jump in serious medical errors and patient injuries in 2013, an increase health officials attribute to expanded definitions of what constitutes medical harm, the Boston Globe reported.