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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.

Zika: Congressional gridlock may hobble public health efforts

Despite warnings for months that the United States must prepare for a potential outbreak of the Zika virus, officials have made little progress, according to a commentary published in JAMA the same day officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention admitted that the virus was "scarier than we initially thought."

Stress, burnout hinder nurse performance

Nurses face some of the highest levels of work-related depression, stress and burnout of any profession. It may help to reduce that stress if hospitals rethink how nurses and staff fit into the healthcare chain of command while making the organizations better and more profitable places to work, according to National Public Radio.

How one healthcare system embraced the industry's 'third era'

Guest post by Barry Ronan, president and CEO of Western Maryland Health System in Cumberland, Maryland When I was asked if I would blog about pushing the healthcare industry into a new era, I agreed...

Hospital execs: ACA, population health will be game changers in next three years

C-suite leaders predict in the next three years that high-value post-acute care networks and innovative approaches to care delivery will be their most important areas of focus, according to Premier Inc.'s spring Economic Outlook.

Mixed news for first year of Medicare Shared Savings Program

It's been a bumpy road for Medicare Accountable Care Organizations, with only 97 of 353 Pioneer and Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs earning performance bonuses in 2014, and new data show the MSSP achieved mixed results its first year, according to research published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Zika fears escalate: Virus is scarier than previously thought, CDC says

The Zika virus is far more damaging and scarier than previously thought. This week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed long-held suspicions that the virus causes microcephaly in infants as well as other major brain-related birth defects, a discovery officials called a "turning point" in a scientific understanding of the disease.

CMS launches multi-pronged attack on care disparities

In March, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services unveiled a new tool aimed at tracking racial health disparities among Medicare patients, but the tool is only part of the agency's broader push to address care disparities among different racial groups, genders and socioeconomic classes, a CMS official told Hospitals & Health Networks.

Kaiser initiative aims to meet social needs of 'superusers'

The nation's largest integrated health delivery organization plans to expand its "Total Health" wellness mission to address unmet social needs for disadvantaged patients in order to close the gaps in U.S. healthcare outcomes between rich and poor

Hospital superusers often lack access to healthy food

Patients who are frequently hospitalized may also be hungry, according to a new study. 

Pain management critics call for changes to hospital standards, surveys

Critics have called for changes to the Joint Commission's pain management standards and to patient surveys designed to stop the nationwide opioid epidemic.

Coordinated hospital efforts can lower spread of CRE superbug

Hospitals and healthcare institutions can reduce the spread of the emerging "superbug" carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) by 75 percent when they coordinate their efforts, according to a study by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Patients' hospital ratings may predict care quality

The score patients assign their hospitals according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' star rating system appear to correspond with the quality of the hospitals' patient outcomes, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

One year into tenure, Geisinger CEO praises patient engagement, satisfaction initiatives

Hospital executives who want their organizations to deliver top patient experience must engage directly with patients, the CEO of Geisinger Health System tells Healthcare IT News.

5 ways to create a great healthcare workplace

Healthcare organizations named to Fortune's 20 Best Workplaces in Health Care share a sense of camaraderie and pride in their work, and offer lessons to other hospitals and systems that strive to create a positive work environment that can attract and retain the best talent.

Brazil bets big on telehealth in fight against Zika

Faced with insufficient infrastructure and geographical barriers to healthcare access, many providers in Brazil are turning to telehealth to confront the threat of Zika, according to NPR.

Senators urge feds to delay release of hospital star ratings

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is set to reveal overall star ratings for hospital quality on April 21, but 60 senators have urged the agency to delay the release amid concerns about incomplete and misleading data.