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New guidance offers recommendations for hand-hygiene best practices

New expert guidance offers suggestions for hand hygiene in healthcare facilities, according to a new study published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology

Number of registered nurses grows as professionals delay retirement

Despite debate about the validity of a nursing shortage, the number of registered nurses across the country continues to rise, reaching 2.7 million in 2012 and growing even more since then, according to a study published in Health Affairs.

6 steps to better physician-administrator cooperation

In today's healthcare environment, good physician-administrator cooperation is essential to the future of the industry, according to Becker's Hospital Review.

Emergency room docs struggle with two-midnight rule, observation status

As hospitals across the nation face the complications involved with the two-midnight rule, emergency physicians may experience the most conflicts as they strive to balance patient needs with the federal government requirements for short inpatient stays.

Hospital reduces damaging noise with direct communication technologies

One hospital instituted a new way to tackle old noise problems that pose safety risks to patients by using technology to enable more direct communication between caregivers--eliminating many noise sources, according to a Hospitals & Health Networks article.

VA benefits offices changed dates, destroyed documents to meet productivity goal

Veterans Affairs healthcare facilities weren't the only ones trying to dupe the system. The Veterans Benefits Administration changed dates on claims to make them appear new, manipulated data and destroyed thousands of claims documents to meet production goals, according to testimony at a House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing Monday night.

Nurse-led chronic-condition care could offset primary care shortage

Giving nurses a larger role in care for chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes could help offset the primary care physician shortage, according to a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

ACA hasn't boosted number of new patients at doctor offices

Even though the number of sign-ups during the open enrollment for healthcare exchanges increased throughout the first half of 2014, the number of patients going into doctors' offices hasn't, according to a report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and athenahealth. 

Pioneer ACO drives innovation with worldwide competitions, prizes

Earlier this month futurist Ian Morrison, Ph.D., called for drastic innovation to improve healthcare delivery; a move, he said, that could only take place if hospitals and health systems create an environment that encourages new ideas. But for those organizations that are unsure of how to establish this nurturing environment, consider the long-time work of Heritage Provider Network, one of the country's largest Pioneer accountable care organizations

How Ritz-Carlton helped one hospital reduce readmissions to .74 percent

The Ritz-Carlton hotel doesn't just inspire lessons in customer service and hospitality, it also inspired one Midwestern hospital to decrease readmissions for hip and knee replacements to .74 percent, according to a story from Becker's Hospital Review.

Two-midnight rule means complications for hospitals, patients

The controversial "two-midnight rule" puts both hospitals and patients in a tight spot, USA Today reports.

Experts debate ACA's influence on the nursing profession

A recent article from Nurses.com gathered information from nurses and experts on the Affordable Care Act, and what effect the healthcare reform law will have on the future of nursing. There's only one thing that's certain: Uncertainty.

U.S. News releases 2014-15 Best Hospitals rankings

U.S. News & World Report has released its annual Best Hospitals rankings for 2014-15.

Hospital employment on the rise among primary care physicians

Hospital employment among doctors is becoming more popular. The number of hospital-employed primary care physicians increased from 10 to 20 percent from 2012 to 2014, while those who owned single-specialty private care dipped from 12 to 7 percent, according to a new survey from Jackson Healthcare. 

Quick huddle in the OR prior to surgery improves teamwork, communication

A new study in JAMA Surgery validates the value of conducting briefings and debriefings in the operating room.

NPs in Kentucky get more prescription independence

Nurse practitioners (NPs) in Kentucky can prescribe routine medications without a doctors involvement starting tomorrow--if they completed a four-year collaboration with a doctor, Kaiser Health News reported. 

To improve satisfaction scores, hospitals seek patient input on design

As patient satisfaction grows more important to both hospital operations and provider reimbursements, many hospitals focus on design elements to increase patient comfort, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Will the ACA improve the nation's healthcare ranking?

While the United States' healthcare system is the most expensive of 11 industrialized Western nations' systems, it ranks last in care quality, a June report by the Commonwealth Fund found. But as the effects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) take shape, they may improve parts of the system that contributed to the low score, according to Daily Finance.

Hospitals invest in equipment for growing obese patient population

Roughly one-third of Americans are obese, and as the numbers continue to rise, hospitals around the country invest in equipment to accommodate more plus-sized patients, according to NWI.com.

Healthcare leaders say hospital affiliation is future of industry

With hospital mergers and acquisitions and partnerships on the rise, oversupply of healthcare resources will push more health systems and organizations to examine affiliations, Becker's Hospital Review reports.