How UPMC used big data and integrated care to reduce readmissions

Healthcare providers are always on the lookout for strategies to reduce preventable readmissions, and leaders at one of the nation's foremost integrated health systems say the answer lies in integrating provider and payer operations, according to MobiHealthNews.

California falls short in recruiting Latina, African-American nurses

California's nursing corps has a diversity problem, especially when it comes to African-American and Latina nurses, KQED News reports.

Baby boomer RNs on verge of retirement within three years

Nearly two-thirds of registered nurses older than 54 are considering retirement, and 62 percent of them plan to retire within the next three years, according to a soon-to-be-released survey by AMN Healthcare's Center for the Advancement of Healthcare Professionals.

VA adds extra staff but still can't keep up with demand

Despite the addition of thousands of new doctors and nurses, Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald says the number of appointments not completed in 30 days within the VA system has grown from 300,000 to nearly 500,000, according to the Associated Press. 

Transition to patient-centered care takes patient education, greater financial incentive

Although the healthcare industry sees patient-centered care as the answer to reduce care costs and improve care quality, such a dramatic change in healthcare delivery can be a hard sell among patients, according to the Associated Press.

Worsening drug theft by healthcare workers puts patients at risk

Healthcare providers are under increased pressure to take serious action against employee drug theft, according to the Deseret News, especially after the revelation that it may have led to nearly 5,000 patients in a Utah hospital being exposed to hepatitis C.

7 ways hospitals can rebuild community trust

Any number of incidents can erode a community's trust in a hospital, from a nasty disease outbreak to a slow corrosion of the hospital-community relationship over time. But both types of lost trust can be repaired, according to an article in Becker's Hospital Review.

Union: Meridian Health revising social-media policy to protect nurses' rights

Two New Jersey hospitals revised a strict social-media policy that could have had nurses in hot water for posting posts on Facebook supporting the nurses' union during contract negotiations, reported.

12 steps to the perfect health system

Recent FierceHealthcare coverage has highlighted the challenges hospitals and health systems face daily: high costs, infection control and patient satisfaction to name just a few. And though...

'Travel nurses' help hospitals fill staffing gaps

Numerous healthcare providers are using travel nurses to fill staffing gaps as the job market reboudns, according to Becker's Hospital Review.

4 ways hospitals can bridge efficiency and patient care

To truly embrace patient-centered care and improve the patient experience,hospitals need leaders who can combine humanized care and efficiency, according to a new survey.

MedStar Washington Hospital Center provides companions for terminally ill patients

​MedStar Washington Hospital Center launched a new program to ensure that terminally ill patients have someone with them as they are dying, even when no relatives or family members are on hand. 

Residency position shortage fears are unfounded

A new study claims that recent fears of a shortage of residency positions for U.S. medical school graduates are unfounded. 

Evidence-based practice centers spur healthcare innovation

Hospital evidence-based practice centers can help healthcare systems develop solutions before national guidelines exist, a study published by the Journal of Hospital Medicine finds.

How 3 organizations manage population health

Three organizations--all different types and sizes--prove that investments in population health management technologies result in improved care and outcomes.

Far-reaching interventions needed to address social determinants of health

Meaningful population health management will require deeper, further-reaching interventions to address social determinants of health, according to a new issue brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Hospital-acquired condition rates slowly falling, but work remains

Efforts to fight hospital-acquired conditions are succeeding, with the number of cases falling by 17 percent between 2011 and 2013, according to a study published this week by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Officials raise alarm over increase in ER violence in DC hospitals

A rise in violence at hospital emergency rooms in the District of Columbia has led to the D.C. Hospital Association calling for more resources to protect healthcare workers, the Washington Business Journal reports

Despite promising results, Pioneer ACO program loses two more organizations

Participants in Medicare's Pioneer Accountable Care Organization program continue to dwindle, with two more announcing their departures even as the research finds the program improves care quality.

3 pitfalls to avoid when hiring healthcare management consultants

With no shortage of management and other consultants competing for lucrative healthcare consulting engagements, how are healthcare leaders supposed to know which firm is the best fit and will provide the best value?