Anxiety, provider mistrust send patients back to ER

Emergency department patients who return within a few days of discharge are usually anxious about their symptoms and lack trust in their care, according to a new study published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

Ian Morrison: Private purchasers demand high quality, low costs from providers

Affordability is urgently needed in healthcare and the industry must continue to find innovative ways to constantly improve care while lowering costs for private healthcare purchasers, who drive the market and hold the entire financial margin of the healthcare delivery system, futurist Ian Morrison, Ph.D., writes in Hospitals & Health Networks.


More research, standardization needed to prevent ER infections

A lack of both standardization and studies on emergency department practices complicates comparing research on infection control, according to a literature review published in the American Journal of Infection Control.

New surgical guidelines seek to standardize pediatric care

Hospitals hope new guidelines will standardize surgical care for children, according to the Wall Street Journal

Education, pre-surgery prep key to preventing hospital-acquired infections

Two new studies reveal how hospitals can tailor their infection-control programs to best battle hospital-acquired infections.

Hospitals expand visiting hours to accommodate patients, families

Several Tennessee hospitals recently expanded their vistation hours in an effort to better engage patients and families, the Times Free Press reported.

Smaller military hospitals hurt patient outcomes

Many military hospitals are too small with too few patients to produce quality outcomes for patients, according to a New York Times investigation.

Labor Day, September 1

The editorial team at FierceHealthcare wishes all readers a happy and safe Labor Day weekend. We will not publish on Monday in observance of the holiday and will resume publication on Tuesday, Sept....

CMS to withhold even more data from Open Payment database

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid will likely withhold more data upon the public launch of the Open Payments database, which aims to disclose potential conflicts of interest among doctors.

Not just for patients: Animal therapy benefits ER docs, nurses

Although hospitals have long used therapy dogs to help patients, the animals can also help relieve the stress of emergency room doctors and nurses who must handle life-and-death situations every day.

Community health workers reach patients doctors can't

Community health workers may help patients with conditions like diabetes in ways more traditional healthcare practitioners cannot, according to a New York Times blog post.

Urgent care centers compete with EDs for patients

Urgent care centers are drawing patients away from hospitals In Texas, where patients are increasingly opting for the centers for alergy treatments, stitches or x-rays of broken bones as a cheaper, speedier alternative to emergency departments.

Brief huddle, checklists improve patient safety at South Florida healthcare system

Pilots and flight crews have long relied on the use of checklists and brief huddles to prevent errors and the concept has made its way to healthcare, particular in operating rooms. In an exclusive interview with FierceHealthcare, Joseph Loskove, M.D., chief of anesthesia for Memorial Healthcare System, explains the success the system has had with crew resource management protocols and why it has expanded them to all procedural areas of its six hospitals.



3 ways hospitals can address healthcare disparities among diverse patient populations

As hospitals around the country try to resolve healthcare disparities, especially among minority populations, Massachusetts General Hospital implemented a series of initiatives to educate providers and staff about communicating with and caring for diverse patient populations, according to an article in Hospitals & Health Networks.

5 healthcare marketing lessons from the ALS ice bucket challenge

I first learned about the ALS ice bucket challenge earlier this month when a friend posted a video of herself on Facebook accepting the challenge in honor of Peter Frates, credited by many as the...

Mental health barriers in hospitals lead to standalone urgent care clinics

County health officials in California opened a mental health urgent care center in the South Los Angeles this week, in an effort to treat people in immediate crisis, while connecting them with ongoing care, Kaiser Health News reported in a blog post.

Fed up with violent incidents, hospitals seek to balance security with patient care

The gunfire that erupted in broad daylight outside Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis was the third shooting incident in hospitals this week and the latest in a wave of increasing violence nationwide. Although the shooting shattered windows and glass doors, the emergency room was back to normal operation in less than half an hour

Cleveland hospital dropped HAI rates with hand-washing campaign

MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio reduced hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) and raised hand-washing compliance to 97.6 percent across various clinical units, The Plain Dealer reported.

CMS releases first Qualified Entity report on provider performance

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week released its first public report on provider performance and cost using data from Medicare's Data sharing for Performance Measurement, also known as the Qualified Entity Program.

Physician-led joint venture aims to reinvest population health management savings

A new physician-led joint venture created by CHE Trinity and Ascension Health aims to not only improve care coordination across markets and prepare the healthcare systems for transitions currently happening in the market, but also will reinvest the savings from population health management back into the healthcare delivery system, Hospitals & Health Networks Daily reports.