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3 trends driving retail health clinic expansion

Retail health clinics are a new healthcare delivery trend quickly picking up steam across the country, the Washington Post reports.

Nurse mindfulness can decrease patient pain, stress during procedures

Psychological support from nurses can help patients heal and decrease the pain during uncomfortable procedures, according to researchers from Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark, who presented their findings at the EuroHeartCare 2014 conference in Norway last week.

Hospital-dependent patients drive up readmissions, costs

Medical advances are saving the lives of older, sicker patients, but at the cost of a surge of hospital-dependent patients that drive hospital readmissions, according to a blog post for the New York Times.

Fort Hood shooting, Boston bombing anniversary spark emergency prep actions

In the aftermath of incidents like this week's Ft. Hood shooting and last year's Boston Marathon bombing, hospitals around the country have stepped up preparation for mass casualty and emergency scenarios.

Beth Israel Deaconess lowers readmissions with post-discharge program

Faced with an above-average readmission rate, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston is reducing readmissions with a post-discharge program focused on elderly patients, according to Kaiser Health News.

Society establishes global advisory panel to advance the future of nursing

A panel of international nurse leaders met in Basel, Switzerland last week for the first time to collaborate on nursing initiatives to advance global health outcomes.

Is anyone happy about the SGR fix and ICD-10 delay?

It's been quite a couple of weeks for the healthcare industry. In case you missed the news, in lightning speed, Congress approved a temporary fix to the sustainable growth rate, a formula that...

SD training program seeks to improve rural nursing

The South Dakota State University College of Nursing seeks to improve nursing care in rural settings through a three-year, $1.09 million grant from the Department of Health & Human Services, News-Medical reports.

NJ healthcare leaders: Cost constraints drive innovation

Financial constraints and pressure to lower costs drive healthcare innovation, industry leaders in New Jersey said during a panel discussion this week, according to NJSpotlight.

Fewer blood transfusions reduce hospital infections

Red blood cell transfusion strategies are a common treatment in the U.S., but infection rates dropped by 20 percent when hospitals performed them less often, information that could help save hospitals money on infection-related costs, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

3 hospital employee engagement strategies

A small hospital that enlisted Gallup's help to boost employee engagement not only improved its overall engagement score in a three-year period, but it also experienced a drop in staff  turnover and workers' compensation claims, according to the Gallup Business Journal.

Obama signs SGR patch

A day after the Senate approved the measure, President Barack Obama signed H.R. 4302, which implements another 12-month patch to the sustainable growth rate payment formula.

"Management By Walking Around" may hurt outcomes

The Management-By-Walking-Around technique, in which hospital leaders directly interact with frontline staff to seek suggestions for improvement or resolve problems, may do more harm than good, according to a new study published in Production and Operations Management.

Increased coverage didn't reduce MA readmissions

Providing health insurance to the uninsured does not reduce 30-day readmission rates, according to research published in the British Medical Journal.

Common nursing practices based on tradition, not evidence

Many common nursing practices derive from tradition rather than empirical evidence that they are effective, according to an article in Critical Care Nurse.

Teaching hospital leaders-drug company affiliation raise conflict of interest concerns

Academic medical center leaders who serve on pharmaceutical company boards could create a conflict of interest or foster competition between institutional oversight responsibilities and individual clinical and research practices, according to an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

NY to expand nurse practitioners' scope of practice

New York will pass legislation as part of the state budget expanding nurse practitioners' (NPs) authority to practice independently this week, Syracuse.com reports.

House approves pediatric hospital residency program funds

The House of Representatives Tuesday approved the Children's Hospital Graduate Medical Education Support Reauthorization Act, which provides support to children's hospitals for their pediatric medical residency programs. 

Healthcare workers tip obesity scale

Employees in the healthcare field have higher obesity rates than almost any other category, according to a study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine.

Docs unhappy with yet another SGR patch

Physicians are unhappy with the Senate's decision to approve yet another one-year delay to the sustainable growth rate--the 17th patch since Congress implemented the payment formula in 1995--instead of a permanent repeal.