The United States' end-of-life care quality is about average in comparison to six other developed nations, according to a study from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.
A new study published in Medical Care suggests that some hospitals may use post-acute care as a substitute for inpatient care, potentially leading to premature discharges and higher readmission rates.
Not many people think of a hospital visit as a good time for the whole family, yet one designer says that healthcare organizations can improve patient experiences if they operate more like theme parks, according to an opinion piece for Fast Company Design.
Violence is an increasing concern for hospital leaders, particularly those in at-risk communities. Now, many of them recruit talent who can help them treat violence and its causes beyond the facilities' walls, according to Kaiser Health News.
Specialty care will be important to the financial success of accountable care organizations, but ACOs still have a lot to learn in order to reduce costs for specialty care, according to post on the Health Affairs Blog.
Population health management requires contributions from everyone in a healthcare organization, but there are several steps hospital leaders must take to ensure the initiative is successful, according to a column from Executive Insight.
The Food and Drug Administration has cleared Olympus' modified design and labeling of its TJF-Q180V duodenoscope that was linked to a superbug outbreak.
Hospitals are rethinking how they deliver services to geriatric patients, both for financial reasons and to better serve an aging population, Hospitals & Health Networks magazine reported.
Increasing hospital readmission and mortality rates for patients discharged to post-acute care facilities raises questions about the quality of processes for transitional care, a new study concludes.
A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Oncology finds that terminal cancer patients who receive pain management consultations and other palliative care in the emergency department have a significantly better quality of life than patients who do not. Furthermore, their survival rates are not significantly shorter.
A white paper published this week by Press Ganey said that hospitals and other healthcare insitutions must commit to three key strategies in order to slow down rates of employee turnover and increase employee engagement.
In the quest to reduce hospitals' rates of preventable readmissions, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has introduced transitional care management programs to make sure chronically ill and aging patients are taken care of after discharge. But existing research reveals the effectiveness of these programs is far from settled science, according to a study published in the American Journal of Medical Quality.
The Department of Health and Human Services must develop a plan to address the needs of healthcare workers, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.
To help ER physicians receive the latest education on concussions, the NFL has partnered with the Emergency Medicine Foundation--a charity that invests in emergency medicine research and education--to provide a free online course for physicians on how to assess and manage concussions.
Back in the early 1990s, while working for Harvard Community Health Plan (later Harvard Pilgrim Health Care), I was involved in the implementation of quality-based incentive programs (now called pay-for-performance or P4P programs) where we incentivized physicians and medical practices to do certain things such as improve patient satisfaction and adhere to a drug formulary.
Rural healthcare providers face an ongoing crisis due to budget and staffing woes, creating a landscape where such hospitals need trustees who have their fingers on the pulse of the industry at large, according to Hospitals & Health Networks.
Early detection of sepsis can improve patient outcomes and lower costs associated with the deadly condition, but this requires a concerted effort from all hospital departments, Institute for Healthcare Improvement Vice President Andrea Kabcenell, R.N., said in an interview with Hospitals & Health Networks.
The outbreak of deadly bacterial infections linked to contaminated medical scopes was worse than initially reported and due to numerous oversights and reporting failures by scope manufacturers, regulators and hospitals, according to a new U.S. Senate report.
Attending physician workload is associated with lower teaching effectiveness and may compromise patient safety when managing new admissions, according to a new study published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine.