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Experts: Medicare ACO final rule will help but doesn't go far enough

Several features of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' final rule for accountable care organizations in its Medicare Shared Savings Program will encourage more providers to participate in the program, but the rule does not go far enough on risk assumption, healthcare experts wrote in a blog post for Health Affairs.

Should physicians help families make end-of-life care decisions?

Should physicians help families make decisions about end-of-life care? Well, it depends on who you ask.

Nurse practitioner creates website to help nurses find jobs

A new website, HireNurses.com, aims to connect nurses to employers looking for healthcare professionals who can provide specialized care.

University of Iowa hospitals consider barriers on parking ramps to prevent suicides

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics are considering installing barriers around parking ramps in the wake of a series of suicides and suicide attempts by people jumping from the upper decks, The Gazette reports.

Commercial ACO tops list of accountable care organizations with largest physician networks

Montefiore ACO & United Healthcare in the Bronx, New York leads the list of accountable care organizations with the largest physician networks in the nation, according to a new report compiled by healthcare marketing research firm SK&A. 

5 facts new nurses must know before entering the profession

Providing medical care to patients is just one aspect of the day-to-day job of the average nurse. He or she must also have skills as a waiter or waitress as well as a mediator, according to a piece in Cosmopolitan.

How healthcare leaders can achieve '20/20 vision'

The healthcare landscape has changed so rapidly in recent years it can seem like a daunting proposition to try to predict what it will do next. However, failure to look to the future is a crucial mistake that many healthcare leaders make, according to healthcare policy expert Paul Keckley, Ph.D.

Hospitals that reduce patient medications may improve patient safety

Hospitals that reduce the number of medications a patient takes could improve patient safety under the theory that the fewer medications given, the less chance of a medication error, according to an opinion piece at Quartz, a digital news outlet.

CVS expands retail health reach with purchase of Target's pharmacies, clinics

CVS Health Corp. will expand its reach in the retail health business by acquiring Target Corp.'s clinics and pharmacies for $1.9 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal.

VA whistleblowers push for system-wide changes to improve patient care

Whistleblowers from around the country who put a spotlight on problems at Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities that resulted in a nationwide scandal last year, have banded together and vow to keep up the pressure to improve care for veterans.

US News to overhaul its measures for annual Best Regional Hospital rankings

U.S. News & World Report will revamp the methodology it uses to compare hospitals for its annual Best Regional Hospital report. 

Interprofessional care model shows promise for readmission reduction, ER use

A group of nurse practitioners (NPs) at the University of Arizona College of Nursing aims to improve care for patients whose complex needs put them at high risk for readmission or emergency care through a new bundled-care model, according to Clinical Advisor.

Nearly 1 in 4 hospitals fail in hand hygiene

Though hospitals' performance on hand-hygiene practices has improved, 23 percent still fail to meet all 10 best practices the Leapfrog Group outlines in its latest quality and safety report, according to the nonprofit organization.

5 ways community health worker programs can improve post-ACA

Community health worker programs are more relevant than ever in the United States amid the current emphasis on outcomes and value, but these initiatives still must overcome several significant barriers in order to succeed, according to an opinion piece published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Drug companies contribute to the rise in antibiotic resistance

Major pharmaceutical companies may have contributed to the global rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, according to a new report from Sum of Us, a consumer watchdog. 

For elderly patients, hospital environment can do more harm than good

Hospitals must address environmental factors that leave many patients at risk of long-term damage from post-hospital syndrome and delirium, according to a column in Forbes.

OSHA doubles down on efforts to curb nurse injuries

Amid recent reports that chronicled the high rates of workplace injuries among nurses, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration plans to ramp up its regulatory efforts in the healthcare industry, Healthcare Finance News reports.

Changing healthcare industry breeds new recruitment strategies

The Affordable Care Act and the ongoing threat of a physician shortage have led one major health system to rethink its training and recruitment techniques, according to Forbes.

Surgical never events: How to stop these preventable medical errors once and for all

As a longtime healthcare reporter, I am shocked every time I read about a surgeon who operated on the wrong site or wrong patient or accidentally left a surgical instrument inside a patient's...

California's ACOs: A model for the nation?

California's successful accountable care organizations could offer valuable lessons for rest of the nation, which has seen mixed results with ACOs, according to California Healthline.