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Antibiotic-resistant superbugs: 'Health crisis of this generation'

A new Consumer Reports series examines the rise of antibiotic-resistant superbugs, calling the dangerous infections the "health crisis of this generation."

Do advocates overestimate the benefits of personalized medicine?

The advocates of personalized or precision medicine may have set up unrealistic expectations about its promise while leaving many questions unanswered, according to a viewpoint article in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Anesthesiologist must pay $500K for insulting man under sedation

A jury awarded $500,000 to a Virginia man whose accidental recording of his colonoscopy revealed his surgical team mocked him while he was under anesthesia, according to the Washington Post.

5 health IT terms every hospital CEO must know

As the healthcare industry becomes increasingly technology-focused, leaders without a background in tech may find it overwhelming. That's why it's essential they understand several key terms and concepts, according to Managed Healthcare Executive.

Use of hospitalists on overnight shift doesn't change patient outcomes

A teaching hospital that implemented a program that had an on-site, attending-level physician provide overnight supervision, did not see any significant impact on important clinical outcomes, according to a recent study  published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Fierce exclusive: Healthcare professionals need more support in the wake of adverse events

While hospitals and health systems have increased their efforts to address the needs of employees who were involved in an adverse event, some industry insiders assert that more has to be done. In addition, providing the right response is essential to helping employees cope and heal in the aftermath of the error. 

To improve hospital-physician relationships, involve docs in decision-making

Healthcare leaders who want support from their physicians must step up efforts to involve them in key decisions, according to an opinion piece in Forbes.

Why the healthcare industry must take the lead on climate change

The effects of climate change threaten decades of healthcare progress, and health leaders have a responsibility to help reduce energy consumption and frame the crisis as a health issue instead of a scientific or political one, according to a report published by the Lancet/UCL Commission on Health and Climate Change.

Competing priorities top barrier to patient engagement

A survey of U.S. hospitals reveals that there is a large variation in implementation of patient and family engagement practices, and competing priorities are the most common barrier to adoption, according to a study in the July issue of BMJ Quality & Safety.

All-payer data finds mixed results on readmissions in Massachusetts

Massachusetts' efforts to reduce unplanned hospital readmissions yielded mixed results in recent years, with a small portion of the patient population continuing to account for most readmissions, according to a new report from the state Center for Health Information and Analysis.

4 elements of a successful healthcare collaborative

A Portland, Oregon-based healthcare collaboration involving an insurer, a Seattle hospital system and an information technology company has reduced treatment costs, improved patient satisfaction and eliminated thousands of hours' worth of wasted work, according to a case study published in the Harvard Business Review.

How healthcare leaders can increase transparency, improve patient safety

Organizations must have transparency in order to create a true culture of patient safety. But it takes strong leadership to overcome the barriers to transparency ingrained in healthcare culture so that organizations can be open about errors and mistakes that harm patients and make changes in their systems to keep them from happening again, argue four members of the National Patient Safety Foundation's Lucian Leape Institute in a blog post for Health Affairs..

A year after VA scandal, little progress on waitlists

One year after reports of long waitlists and coverups of care delays rocked the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, not only have waitlists only grown longer, but a budget shortfall of nearly $3 billion could affect care for many veterans, according to a report in The New York Times.

Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Georgia tops list of most beautiful hospitals in US

A Georgia health center that was rebuilt after a tornado destroyed it is No. 1 on a list of the most beautiful hospitals in the United States.

Toby Cosgrove reveals the secret to Cleveland Clinic's care delivery transformation

Despite its challenges with hand-hygiene compliance and doctor-patient communication, Cleveland Clinic has had tremendous success with accountable care and improving patient safety and care access, according to CEO Toby Cosgrove, M.D., who spoke Friday at the sixth annual National ACO Summit in the District of Columbia.

Streamlined ER treatment leads to nationwide drop in coronary heart disease deaths

The New York Times takes an in-depth look at the changes in U.S. emergency rooms that have led to a 38 percent decline in the death rate from coronary heart disease from 2003 to 2013.

Clinical, patient engagement key to ACO success

Implementing an accountable care organization is nearly impossible without high-quality clinical engagement, according to a panel of healthcare leaders at Friday's sixth annual National ACO Summit in the District of Columbia.

Patients with surgical complications less likely to die if readmitted to same hospital

Patients who are readmitted to the hospital when complications occur after a major surgery are more likely to survive if they return to the facility where that original surgery took place, a new study finds. The research reveals the potential downside to medical tourism.

Pharmacy-led clinic helps Chicago hospital slash readmission rates

In another example of the growing role pharmacists play in healthcare, a discharge clinic, staffed with a pharmacist and nurse practitioner who meet with patients after their release from the hospital, has helped Mercy Hospital & Medical Center in Chicago cut its readmission rates, according to an article in Hospitals and Health Networks Daily.

Providers fear consequences of health insurance industry consolidation

As merger rumors intensify between the country's largest health insurers, healthcare providers worry that increased consolidation will spell bad news for them.