Clinical ethicists bridge doctor-family communication gap

In the healthcare business, situations inevitably arise where clinicians disagree with one another or clinicians and patients' families disagree on the best course of action, which is where clinical ethicists come in, according to Medscape.


Hospital violence: Why ERs are most vulnerable

As an uptick in violent incidents in healthcare facilities spawns a range of emergency preparedness plans, hospitals looking to tighten security must recognize that emergency departments are especially vulnerable, security experts said in a Healthcare Finance News article.

HHS will expand Pioneer ACO program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Pioneer Accountable Care Organization program saved nearly $400 million in two years, qualifying it for an expansion, the Department of Health and Human Services announced this week.

Obama taps ONC head Karen DeSalvo to join HHS

National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo is just a Senate confirmation away from officially joining the Department of Health and Human Services as its new assistant secretary for health, President Barack Obama announced Wednesday.

Providers look to physician leadership, IT to boost patient experience

As patient experience officers become an increasingly important part of hospital operations, healthcare organizations also have started to give physician leaders and health information technology bigger roles in the process, according to a survey of chief experience officers from Experience Innovation Network.

ER overuse: Have Seattle healthcare organizations found the solution?

Where government-led reform appears to have failed, a partnership between two healthcare organizations in Seattle may have solved the stubborn problem of rising emergency department use, according to a New York Times opinion piece.

True patient-centered care needs a personal touch

Pamela Greenhouse, executive director of the Patient and Family Care Center Innovation Center at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Adrienne Boissy, M.D., chief experience officer and director of the Cleveland Clinic's Center for Excellence in Healthcare Communication describe the personal approaches their organizations take to provide more patient-centered care.

Consumer-driven healthcare: How three organizations respond to the demands of patient-centered care

During the American Hospital Association's annual meeting Tuesday, the presidents and CEOs from Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, Virginia, Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles and Trinity Health in Livonia, Michigan, discussed the new initiatives to address the demands of a consumer-driven market.

Non-toxic version of bacteria could help treat hospital-acquired infections

As hospitals struggle with the increasingly formidable challenge of antibiotic-resistant infections, a new study from the Journal of the American Medical Association offers one possible solution to combat a particularly dangerous superbug, Clostridium difficile.

Care quality no worse for ACA exchange patients

The Affordable Care Act has narrowed patient networks in California, but at no overall cost to care quality, according to a new study published in Health Affairs.

Washington best state for nurses; Louisiana the worst

​For the second year in a row, a state in the Pacific Northwest ranks as the best in the country for nurses, while a state in the South ranks as the worst, according to new research from the finance site WalletHub.


3 ways to fight 'improvement fatigue'

Healthcare leaders have a lot to accomplish as the industry moves from a volume-based model to a value-based one and as patient safety and care quality become more important than ever, but providers must safeguard against "improvement fatigue" during this process, futurist Ian Morrison writes for Hospitals & Health Networks.

$101M in ACA funds to go toward new community health centers

The Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday that it will divert $101 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 164 new community health centers across the country in an effort to increase healthcare access.

When a hospital re-opens, how will it affect patients and providers?

Amid new research on how hospital closures affect patient outcomes, the Los Angeles area is about to provide a case study for the next step in that process--when a once-closed hospital reopens in a drastically changed healthcare environment.

Retail clinics: Concept expands--not threatens--primary care

Retail health isn't an isolated part of healthcare and the industry should view it as part of the solution, Nancy Gagliano, M.D., senior vice president of CVS Caremark and chief medical officer for CVS MinuteClinic, the largest retail clinic provider in the country, told attendees of Monday's American Hospital Association's annual meeting.

AHA15: The next public health threat is antibiotic resistance

Antibiotic resistance is an emerging health threat that threatens to undermine modern medicine and will require an aggressive intervention program to make sure miracle drugs continue to work and are made avaialble to patients, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden told attendees Monday at the American Hosptial Association's annual meeting in the District of Columbia.

56 percent of nurses lack confidence about financial decisions

More than half of nurses lack confidence in regard to making financial decisions, in part because they simply lack the time to focus on them, the new Money FIT Nurses Study by Fidelity Investments found.

Hospital closures don't hurt patient outcomes

Although hospital closures remain a major concern within the healthcare industry, they did not significantly affect hospitalizations or mortality rates in recent years, according to a new study published in Health Affairs.

Does medical education prepare docs for team-based care?

Though new models of healthcare delivery increasingly focus on collaboration, medical education still does not adequately teach aspiring doctors how to work effectively with a team of caregivers, writes Dhruv Khullar, M.D., in a post for the New York Times' Well blog.


Group issues new care quality information for Virginia hospitals

Virginia Health Information, a reporting firm that contracts with the state Department of Health, has issued a list of 20 healthcare quality measures to aid patients comparing hospitals.