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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.

Another Pioneer ACO drops out of program

Sharp HealthCare in San Diego dropped out of the Medicare Pioneer accountable care organization program, citing fundamental flaws in the program, according to the company's third quarter financial statement.  

Hospitals must identify disruptive behavior, encourage etiquette-based medicine

As disruptive behavior among physicians increases, hospital leaders must encourage physicians to practice etiquette-based medicine, and promote a sense of empathy and compassion among staff.

How futile care hurts other ICU patients

Care that has no benefit for patients beyond prolonging their lives, also known as futile care, also diverts resources away from other patients who could otherwise survive or recover, according to a study published in Critical Care Medicine.

VA scandal: Full OIG report finds "unacceptable" lapses within Phoenix faciity

The Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General yesterday released its full report on potential obstruction of justice within the Phoenix VA. The report found "unacceptable and troubling" negligence at the facility involving care coordination, follow-up, continuity of care and quality.

California nurses call on hospitals to follow CDC protocol after Ebola scare

California nurses called on federal, state and county health agencies to strictly follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for treating Ebola, after a Sacramento hospital admitted a patient suspected of being exposed to the virus, FOX 40 reported. 

OIG report: No evidence care delays caused VA deaths

An Office of Inspector General investigation found no evidence that veteran deaths at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital were the direct result of care delays, according to the Associated Press.

Medical marijuana benefits: Lower death, overdose rates in states that legalize drug

States that have legalized the use of medical marijuana have lower opioid overdose mortality rates, according to new research in JAMA Internal Medicine

Mass casualty lessons for hospitals from Iraq and Afghanistan

Hospitals can take lessons from war for ways to deal with potential mass casualty incidents, according to Hospitals & Health Networks.

Strategic hospital room design hastens patient recovery, minimizes staff errors

Patient room design may do more than boost patient satisfaction--it could actually reduce the amount of pain patients experience, lead to shorter hospital stays and decrease physician and staff errors.

5 ways CEOs can actually change hospital culture

Hospital CEOs should focus less on talking about an organization's culture and more on the elements that make up a hospital's culture, such as mindset, methods, strategies and structures, former physician John Kenagy, M.D., founder of Kenagy & Associates, told Becker's Hospital Review.