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Patient satisfaction projects unify systems post-merger

It's not enough for a healthcare merger to go through on paper; to truly succeed with regard to patient satisfaction, the merger must create a new, company-wide culture, according to an article published by Becker's Hospital Review.

CEO scandals can hurt organizations' reputations for years

Scandals involving CEOs can impact the individual and a company or organization's image for years, according to a new study from Stanford University. 

One in 11 organ donors died of drug overdose

Nearly 10 percent of organ donors are the victims of a drug overdose, according to The Washington Post.

Patient safety concerns lead to C-suite changes at NIH Clinical Center

Less than a month after an independent panel called for major patient safety reforms at the National Institutes of Health's Clinical Center, the facility's leadership is undergoing the most drastic restructuring in more than five decades, according to the Washington Post.

Public reporting measures don't give full patient safety picture

Common indicators used to rate hospital safety may not accurately capture care quality, a new study suggests.

Hospitals must respond to failing patient safety grades with action, not excuses

No hospital plans to find itself on the business end of a failing patient safety grade, but those that do should respond with a combination of accountability and transparency, according to Healthcare Finance News.

Hospital leaders encourage execs to pursue spiritual wellbeing

Healthcare leaders across the religious spectrum should consider their spiritual wellbeing to help deal with the stresses of the job and prevent burnout, according to an article in Becker's Hospital Review.

ER docs: Health insurers mislead patients, sell 'affordable' policies that cover few services

Health insurers mislead patients by offering "affordable" premiums for policies that cover very little, according to a new nationwide poll of more than 1,900 emergency physicians.

BMJ study on medical errors flawed, not 'innovative,' doctor writes

A recent study published in The BMJ, which found that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S., has flaws that prevent the findings from being truly innovative, writes Vinay Prasad, M.D., in an opinion piece.

Georgetown professors: WHO must address yellow fever outbreak

A pair of Georgetown University professors are calling on the World Health Organization to convene an emergency committee to tackle what they're calling the latest looming medical emergency: yellow fever.

Providers use malpractice data to identify common dangers

In an effort to improve healthcare quality, hospital leaders are increasingly referring back to malpractice claims to learn from their mistakes, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Hospital-employed docs may complicate value-based care

The nature of the hospital-physician relationship is in a state of flux that could create further instability for both hospitals and the broader healthcare industry, argues a blog post from Health Affairs.

Patients' experiences, assessment of health provides greater clinical insight

As patient-centered medical care initiatives continue to take hold in the industry, better documenting patient experiences can offer needed insight for providers, a study published in Health Affairs has found.

Philadelphia launches unique program to reduce infant mortality rate

Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia has introduced a new program aimed to promote safe newborn sleep, according to NJ.com. The "Baby Box" distribution program, one of the first distribution programs in the country, provides new mothers with essential baby needs. 

HHS challenges healthcare organizations to design better medical bills

The Department of Health and Human Services on Monday challenged healthcare organizations and innovators nationwide to design a medical bill that is easier for patients to understand.

Training millennial healthcare workforce must incorporate the generation's values

Training the next generation of healthcare providers requires an understanding of how millennial values and favored approaches are transforming the industry, according to Becker's Hospital Review.

Nation responds to addiction crisis: Supervised injection spaces gain steam

As America's drug abuse crisis intensifies, policymakers are entertaining an idea that in the past they would never have been considered: designated sites for supervised injection with doctors or nurses on stand by in case of an overdose or other medical emergency.

From the battlefield to the medical field: Growing physician leaders

Guest post by Mark Hertling, who leads programs for global partnering, leadership, development and health performance strategies at Florida Hospital in Orlando. Physicians, hospitals and a variety...

'Weekend effect' may not result in an increase in patient deaths after all

A new national study in England, published today in the Journal of Health Services Research and Policy, says the death rate following a weekend hospital admission is higher only because the number of patients admitted to hospitals on weekends is lower.

Nurse association promotes 'culture of safety' in healthcare

In the wake of a new report that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S., the American Nurses Association is urging healthcare professionals to keep safety in mind during National Nurses Week, which begins today.