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, 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.

Costs, LOS increase with hospitalist workloads

Heavier hospitalist workloads may lead to longer lengths of stay and higher costs, according to a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

ThedaCare Center CEO: Engage front-line hospital workers to boost patient safety, quality care

Senior healthcare leaders need to simplify their approach to patient safety and quality measures, and give front-line workers the opportunity to provide the best care possibly by creating an environment that fosters open communication and team work, according to John Toussaint, M.D., chief executive officer of ThedaCare.

Patient observation boosted physician hand hygiene

Patient observation could be the key to healthcare worker hand hygiene, according to a new Canadian study published in the American Journal of Infection Control

4 ways to improve the nursing environment, patient safety

The nursing world has changed for the better throughout the past decade, but there is room for improvement as patients remain at risk for serious harm and disruptive behavior in the workplace continues, according to a new brief from the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation.

Senate OKs SGR patch, delays ICD-10

Despite physician opposition, the Senate Monday approved a temporary patch to the sustainable growth rate (SGR) payment formula that will prevent deep Medicare payment cuts for another year but also delays the implementation of ICD-10 to October 2015.

ICU staffing levels affect high-risk patient outcomes

Higher numbers of doctors and nurses in the intensive care unit could increase survival rates of high-risk patients, according to a new study published in the International Journal of Nursing Studies.


Docs would accept payment cuts to force permanent SGR repeal

Doctors, opposed to the proposed temporary fix to the sustainable growth rate payment formula (SGR) that is set for a Senate vote this afternoon, told MedPage Today that they would take the 24 percent cut in Medicare payments this year in order to force Congress to decide how to pay for a permanent repeal.

RN residency program graduates its first class; FDA okays temporary Norwegian saline imports to curb shortage;

News From Around the Web > "Passport to Practice," a Rhode Island residency program for registered nurses, will soon graduate its first class of 19, according to Rhode Island Public...

Reputation still skews hospital assessments

Hospital reputations play an outsized role in both quality assessments and day-to-day operations, several experts told Becker's Hospital Review.

Wellpoint CEO: Technology, smartphones will shape healthcare's future

Many people hold the future of healthcare in their hands--or in their pockets. Smartphone technology, social media and data mining will drive change and shift the future of healthcare, said Wellpoint, Inc. Chief Executive Officer Joseph Swedish, the Malcolm T. MacEachern Memorial Lecturer at the American College of Healthcare Executives Congress in Chicago last week.

Healthcare spending growth highest in a decade

Healthcare spending grew at a 5.6 percent annual rate in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis report. The growth, a 10-year high, is driven in large part by $8 billion more in hospital revenue, which was more than the prior four quarters combined, according to USA Today.

Simple test may rule out heart attacks in ER

A simple test in the emergency department may prevent at least 20 percent of hospital admissions for chest pain, according to the lead researcher of a new Swedish study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and presented Sunday at the cardiology college's annual conference in Washington.

4 steps for successful hospital-physician integration

As hospitals continue their search to hire physicians--and more doctors seek the employment--it's vital that hospitals work to integrate and engage doctors in their organizations. In an exclusive interview with FierceHealthcare, Peter Angood, M.D., CEO of the American College of Physician Executives, shares four steps hospitals can take to successfully integrate physicians into their organizations.

13 important lessons for every leader

Guest post by Darlene A. Cunha, R.N., director of clinical services at Coastal Medical in Rhode Island. What does it take to create a great leader who can survive the break-neck pace of healthcare...