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After scandal, VA has yet to address 100 recommendations

Despite some improvements, the Department of Veterans Affairs has yet to fully address more than 100 of the Government Accountability Office's recommendations, according to a GAO report.

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How one rural hospital is rethinking population health management

Community input and redirecting emergency care patients into patient-centered medical homes are vital to improving population health, Carolinas HealthCare System leaders told Hospitals & Health Networks in a video interview.

Hospital-community partnerships: Be the spark

Guest post by Scott Kashman, chief administrative officer of Cape Coral Hospital, part of the Lee Memorial Health System in southwest Florida One day, I was speaking with my colleague, Joan...

Patients not the culprit for unnecessary care

Doctors and nurses often blame patients' demands for the costly habit of providing unnecessary care, but a new study published in JAMA Oncology suggests this theory may not hold water.

'Body mechanics' can't save nurses from back injuries

In addition to the prevalent workplace violence they face, nurses also frequently suffer musculoskeletal injuries on the job. The reason for the latter workplace danger is simple, according to an NPR report--even the "proper" method taught to many clinicians for how to lift patients can't protect them from serious back problems.

Improved hand-hygiene compliance may pose hidden danger

Healthcare providers' emphasis on improving hand hygiene among workers may also be increasing dermatitis, according to a study from the University of Manchester.

Group calls for government agencies to tackle chronic pain

A working group commissioned by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health recommends that top government agencies conduct research to develop new strategies to manage the "widespread condition" of chronic pain.

Record snowfall leaves Boston hospitals in critical condition

Canceled surgeries, linen rationing and potential roof collapses due to the record snow fall in New England has left Boston Hospitals in crisis.

 

5 ways to boost hospital-physician engagement

The post-Affordable Care Act healthcare landscape makes physician engagement more important than ever for hospital leaders, and there are several concrete measures leaders can take to improve it, according to Hospitals & Health Networks.

What RadioShack's demise can teach hospitals

Amid all the nostalgia for out-of-date technology that the announcement of RadioShack's bankruptcy has spawned, the electronics retailer's downfall also provides some important business lessons for hospitals, according to Becker's Hospital Review.

How California providers improved the care experience for low-income patients

Improving patient satisfaction takes hard work and a lot of time, but a new report from the Blue Shield of California Foundation shows providers that the goal is anything but impossible.

Why providers should encourage patients to seek second opinions

When it comes to healthcare, both providers and consumers benefit when patients get a second opinion about treatment, new research indicates.

 

From coast to coast, nurses push for staffing level legislation

Bills to mandate nurse staffing ratios are under debate in Oregon and New Jersey. Advocates believe the measures will increase patient safety. But others say the requirements aren't necessary and will only increase hospital costs.

 

Ebola response offers public health lessons

Panic over Ebola in the United States has largely subsided in recent months, but that period offers numerous lessons for public health agencies in America, according to a Health Affairs blog post.

St. Luke's loses appeal on physician acquisition case

The Ninth Circuit today upheld a District Court ruling that found St. Luke's Health System in Idaho violated antitrust laws when it purchased the state's largest independent physician's practice.

Will the promise of precision medicine live up to the hype?

Despite all the optimism surrounding President Barack Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative--including excitement from providers who already use patients' genetic data to treat disease--the ambitious proposal is not without its skeptics.

VA scandal: Problems persist as McDonald's reforms take shape

Six months after Robert McDonald became the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the embattled agency has made progress, but still has much work remaining, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Pediatric ACO lowers cost growth, maintains quality of care

Partners for Kids, the nation's oldest exclusively pediatric accountable care organization, has increased value for Medicaid children in 34 central and southeastern Ohio counties, according to a new report from Pediatrics

3 new roles for CMOs

Chief medical officers are some of the most vital members of a healthcare leadership team, and several factors are expanding their responsibilities, writes healthcare economist and policy expert Paul Keckley.