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Out-of-control jumble of quality measures overwhelms hospitals, creates chaos

The governmental groups, commercial payers and other organizations creating "measure madness" by requiring hospitals to report on hundreds of quality measures must commit to the minimum amount necessary, according to the Healthcare Association of New York State.

AHA: Feds to delay public release of star ratings until July

The American Hospital Association reported today that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will delay the release of overall star ratings until July

Population health and high-risk patients: Big data just one part of care coordination equation

Although big data analytics can help providers target high-risk patients for population health interventions, current models may miss other factors that play a role in selecting patients for the programs, according to a blog post published by Health Affairs.

Vaccine-preventable diseases: Hospitals faced with new challenges as illnesses return

The resurgence of illnesses like measles, mumps, diphtheria, pertussis and other vaccine-preventable diseases presents special problems for hospitals and healthcare institutions, particularly in their intensive care units and operating rooms, according to research published in the journal Anesthesia and Analgesia.

5 ways to use volunteers to improve patient satisfaction

Healthcare volunteers may hold the key to a better patient experience, according to a whitepaper published by the Beryl Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to patient experience improvement.

 

Half of nursing home residents end up in the ER once a year

Nearly half of long-stay nursing home residents are transferred to a hospital emergency department at least once a year, but only a third of those patients were admitted to the hospital, a study published in the Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine found.

Scripps Health to help run hospital along US-Mexico border

Scripps Health will work with a Mexican health insurer to create the region's first hospital aimed to meet the needs of the growing number of Southern Californians who seek medical care south of the border.

 

NIH cancer 'Moonshot' program looking for some bright ideas

The National Institutes of Health's National Cancer Institute is asking researchers and the public to submit ideas for its National Cancer Moonshot program.

VA scandal: Average wait times up to 71 days for care

Two years after a nationwide scandal prompted an investigation, unacceptably long wait times persist at Veteran Affairs (VA) facilities, according to a federal watchdog report.

Zika virus: Small local outbreaks likely in the U.S. soon, CDC official warns

As a top Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official warns that Zika outbreaks in the continental U.S. were likely this summer, congressional Democrats are pressuring Republican leadership to authorize $1.8 billion in Zika funding requested by the White House two months ago.

Feds solicit research to eliminate disparities in surgical access, outcomes

Research proposals to unlock why racial and ethnic minorities, as well as low-income patients, have consistently poorer surgical outcomes, could be eligible for grant funding from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

Non-urgent ER visits: Some patients still receive diagnostic services, admission

Although triage services in emergency departments are meant to prioritize care to the sickest patients, a new study finds that in some cases, patients identified as non-urgent receive diagnostic services and procedures, and are even admitted to critical care units.

EPA prepares for Zika; Wisconsin nurses don't take advantage of addiction options;

News From Around the Web > The Environmental Protection Agency is taking steps to prepare for an outbreak of the Zika virus, such as analyzing the potential effect of heavier-duty pesticides for...

Mental health treatment, diagnosis varies by race

Mental health treatment and diagnoses vary significantly by race and ethnicity, according to a new study published in Psychiatric Services

Drug-resistant superbugs could become deadlier than cancer

Superbugs are on track to kill 10 million people a year by 2050--more than those who die from cancer, warned UK Chancellor George Osborne, who urged for global and radical action to fight the threat from bacteria that have become resistant to antibiotics.

ERs struggle to divert psychiatric patients

Lack of support for mental health continues to adversely affect hospitals, with Minnesota emergency departments increasingly forced to act as holding cells for patients who pose a threat to both healthcare workers and other patients, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Quality improvement intervention with checklists failed to cut ICU mortality

Daily checklists and other aspects of a quality improvement intervention failed to reduce deaths among critically ill patients in intensive care units, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found.

VA wait time scandal: How agency resolved 56,000 cases of delayed care in one day

The Department of Veterans Affairs has resolved most of the 56,000 cases of patients who waited too long for care by shutting down operations for a day to focus on those cases, according to a case study published by the NEJM Catalyst.

Superbug-contaminated scopes affect more than previous estimates

The number of patients sickened by endoscopes carrying carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae between 2010 and 2015 is much higher than the Food and Drug Administration previously reported, according to the results of a Congressional investigation obtained by Kaiser Health News.

Opioid crisis: Boston hospital ramps up efforts to help fight epidemic

Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital is ramping up efforts to save lives of drug users, who have been shooting up in the hospital's bathrooms and parking garages, the Boston Herald reports.