Quick huddle in the OR prior to surgery improves teamwork, communication

A new study in JAMA Surgery validates the value of conducting briefings and debriefings in the operating room.

NPs in Kentucky get more prescription independence

Nurse practitioners (NPs) in Kentucky can prescribe routine medications without a doctors involvement starting tomorrow--if they completed a four-year collaboration with a doctor, Kaiser Health News reported. 

To improve satisfaction scores, hospitals seek patient input on design

As patient satisfaction grows more important to both hospital operations and provider reimbursements, many hospitals focus on design elements to increase patient comfort, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Will the ACA improve the nation's healthcare ranking?

While the United States' healthcare system is the most expensive of 11 industrialized Western nations' systems, it ranks last in care quality, a June report by the Commonwealth Fund found. But as the effects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) take shape, they may improve parts of the system that contributed to the low score, according to Daily Finance.

Hospitals invest in equipment for growing obese patient population

Roughly one-third of Americans are obese, and as the numbers continue to rise, hospitals around the country invest in equipment to accommodate more plus-sized patients, according to

Healthcare leaders say hospital affiliation is future of industry

With hospital mergers and acquisitions and partnerships on the rise, oversupply of healthcare resources will push more health systems and organizations to examine affiliations, Becker's Hospital Review reports.

Nurse's firing over Instagram photo spurs social media debate

This week FierceHealthcare covered a story that struck a nerve with readers, raising questions about social media use, HIPAA, the bias shown to doctors versus nurses and firing practices at hospitals. In case you missed it, an emergency room (ER) nurse in New York was fired after posting a photo of an empty trauma room after clinicians saved the life of a man hit by a subway train.

Clayton Christensen: Some healthcare industry problems call for a take-charge CEO

The American healthcare system is "sick and getting sicker," and executives must take decisive action to fix it--even if that means making some people angry, management guru Clayton Christensen tells Forbes.

Updated medical errors report shows progress

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) released an updated report on the most common and expensive medical errors in American hospitals and how healthcare leaders can prevent them.

Retirements, hospital mergers bring interim executives to forefront of healthcare

The number of baby boomers set to retire and the number of independent delivery networks and networks in the U.S. will mean a demand for interim executives within the healthcare industry, particularly in the chief information officer and the chief medical informatics officer positions.

CMS doles out $360 to test innovative care models

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced its second batch of recipients in round two of the Health Care Innovation Awards program, bringing the total to $360 million handed out for organizations to test innovative care models. The 39 prospective recipients will receive grants worth between $2 million and $23.8 million over a three-year period, according to an announcement. 

The role of clinical leaders in accountable care organizations

In Part 1 or a two-part interview, Mark Wagar, president of Heritage Medical Systems in Palm Springs, California, an affiliate of the Heritage Provider Network, one of the country's biggest ACOs, discusses the important role physiican leaders play in accountable care.


Government investigates 67 claims of VA whistleblower abuse

The federal government is investigating 67 claims of retaliation by Veterans Affairs Department supervisors against employees who filed whistleblower complaints, according to testimony during a House Veterans Affairs Committee during a hearing this week. 

Are hospital closures necessary to fix healthcare?

To fix the healthcare system, providers must accept and embrace the necessity of hospital closures and physician firings, healthcare experts said during a recent panel discussion as part of the Aspen Ideas Festival.

Minimally invasive surgery underused at many hospitals

Hospitals underuse minimally invasive surgery, even though for most patients, it's a better option than open surgery, researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found.

Nurses urge UMass Memorial to punish new CNO

Nurses at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts want the hospital to punish or fire the newly appointed chief nursing officer, Diane Thompson, amid claims she fosters a "punitive organizational culture" detrimental to patient care and staff morale, Boston Business Journal reported.

Nurses, emergency department workers often targets of violence

Violence against front-line hospital workers is a growing problem across the country and the globe, specifically against nurses and emergency department workers. The number of violent incidents involving hospital workers jumped 37 percent in the past three years, according to a recent survey by the International Association for Healthcare Security & Safety.

5 considerations for hospital board compensation planning

Hospitals saw an increase in paid nonprofit hospital board members over the past five years, a trend experts say will continue, according to a Becker's Hospital Review article.

3 reasons patient satisfaction is more important than ever

Patient satisfaction is an increasingly important topic in healthcare, and three factors are driving that increased prominence, according to an article in Hospitals & Health Networks Daily.

Tips to improve patient handoffs, outcomes

Hospitals can take several steps to reduce handoff errors, according to a new study published in Pediatrics.