As international agencies fight to contain the world's worse Ebola outbreak in nearly 40 years amid reports that a Dallas hospital misdiagnosed a patient infected with the deadly virus, a survey of registered nurses reveals most believe their hospitals aren't prepared to handle patients with Ebola.
State legislatures aim to reduce a prevalent problem in the healthcare sector: violence against workers.
The fact that just one in four accountable care organizations qualifies for a bonus shows that ACO status "is just one step toward becoming an effective population health manager," according to a blog post by The Advisory Board Co.
Hospitals that take a few simple steps can minimize the chance that they'll send another Ebola patient home from the emergency room, according to an article published by BHM Healthcare Solutions.
More acute care facilities ask patients to prepay prior to undergoing medical procedures or before they're discharged, CNN Money reported.
Massachusetts hospitals have stepped up the transparency of their post-medical error apology process, according to New England Public Radio.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services levied a record number of fines against hospitals for excessive readmissions, according to a Kaiser Health News analysis of federal records released this week.
Despite the mixed results so far of Medicare accountable care organizations, a new issue brief from the Navigant Center for HealthCare Research and Policy Analysis concludes that the traditional model is here to stay, although it will continue to evolve.
A push by the U.S. Department of Justice to hold executives accountable for corporate misdeeds could mean an increased focus on prosecuting healthcare executives, the law firm Arent Fox warns.
Eighty people may have come in contact with the first diagnosed U.S. Ebola patient before he was hospitalized in Dallas, calling into question why Texas Health Presbyterian clinicians failed to recognize the symptoms when he first sought care and missed a chance to isolate him when he was contagious.
Several practical solutions, such as value-based payment models and expanding the scope of practice of non-physician clinicians, could offset the primary care shortage, according to a new report from the UnitedHealth Center for Health Reform & Modernization.
The "virtual ward" model did not reduce readmission or mortality rates among high-risk patients, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
A newly released report from the secretary of defense that reviewed the Military Health System showed the system generally provide safe and timely care, however there are some disparities in care provided by the military. Eight facilities have "significantly higher than expected" rates of patients getting sick following treatment.
Lansdale (Pennsylvania) Hospital, part of the Abington Health system, has fired an emergency room technician who posted pictures of patient X-rays and two severed fingers and described different patients in her Twitter account, according to insurancenews.net via the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Tuesday the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States in a person who traveled to Dallas from West Africa, while Texas officials urged residents to remain calm and hospitals across the nation said they are prepared to handle additional cases.
A California ballot initiative addressing the growing problem of substance abuse among healthcare workers may have unintended consequences, according to two opinion pieces in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Beginning today, Connecticut hospitals must tell patients when they are in observation and not actually admitted--and inform them that they may be responsible for charges incurred during their stay, according to the Greenwich Times.com.
In an effort to be more efficient, deliver value-based care and streamline the healthcare continuum, hospitals enter into partnerships out of want rather than financial necessity to stay ahead of competitors in the ever-evolving healthcare industry, according to a piece in Hospitals & Health Networks.
Despite their early successes, accountable care organizations remain an uncertain prospect within healthcare, MedPageToday reports.