CMS limits public access to hospital error data

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has stopped publicly reporting data regarding several hospital-acquired conditions, USA Today reported, which means consumers won't find answers as to which hospitals have high rates of air embolisms and leaving foreign objects in the surgical field.

Cerner set to buy Siemens Health Services for $1.3 billion

Cerner Corporation intends to acquire Siemens Health Services for $1.3 billion in cash, according to an announcement from both companies

Hospitals engage patients to reduce non-emergency ED use

A new program piloted by a Baltimore hospital and a Maryland healthcare access non-profit aims to reduce emergency department use among patients with non-urgent or chronic conditions, according to Sinai Hospital.

CMS issues final Medicare payment rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Monday issued a final rule updating Medicare payment policies and rates for general acute care and long-term care hospitals for fiscal year 2015. The rule changes payments for value-based purchasing, readmission reductions, hospital-acquired conditions and disproportionate share hospitals.

AHA wants court to dismiss government's two-midnight rule challenge

The American Hospital Association urged a federal judge to deny the government's motion to dismiss its challenge to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' two-midnight rule and instead, grant the organization a favorable ruling, according to a motion filed for a summary judgment.

Banished to the basement: Not all whistleblowers receive windfalls

For some whistleblowers, it's worth the risk of termination and other retaliation for reporting misconduct in the workplace. After all--in addition to their good deeds of exposing wrongdoing, they may receive a portion of a large settlement. But not necessarily for whistleblowers who work for federal agencies, The Washington Post reports. In many cases, those employees are banished to the basement.


New hospital CEOs must bring strategic plan for future

In an ever-changing healthcare landscape, hospital leadersmust think long and hard about what they want in a new CEO, making the hunt much more challenging than it was 15 years ago, according to Hospitals & Health Networks.

Nearby ED closures increase risk of inpatient death

Patients admitted to hospital emergency departments (EDs) are at greater risk of death if another community ED recently closed, according to a study published in Health Affairs.

Are U.S. hospitals prepared for potential Ebola patients?

Are United States hospitals prepared to deal with potential Ebola patients? It depends on who you ask.

3 strategies to promote hospital culture of ownership

To become successful and stand out in a competitive healthcare industry, hospitals must encourage a culture of personal accountability and complete ownership, from the bosses in the C-suite to the front-line workers administering medication, Joe Tye, CEO of Values Coach Inc., writes in Hospitals & Health Networks.

Schools, medical groups endorse shorter education programs

Shortening the time it takes to get a medical degree would lessen newly-minted doctors' debt burden without compromising quality of care, according to the New York Times.

Give physicians some slack to drive healthcare innovation

Contrary to conventional wisdom, healthcare providers may want to invest in physicians who slack, argues a Health Affairs blog post.

Old-fashioned marketing technique brings in targeted patients

In an age where social media engages new customers and Internet advertising targets younger users, MLive reports a handful of Michigan hospitals now use an old-fashioned marketing technique to bring in new patients: billboards.

Hospitalists: Two-midnight rule has negative impact on patient care, finances

Add hospitalists to the growing list of medical professionals who are concerned about the federal government requirements for short inpatient stays.

Physicians and business-oriented bosses clash over healthcare

As the face of hospital and health system leadership changes to those who aren't necessarily from a healthcare background, tensions between doctors and their business school managers are on the rise and patients could suffer, according to a Bloomberg Businessweek article.

4 unexpected patient safety hazards

As providers in the United States focus on patient-centered healthcare, the importance of patient safety increases. Some threats to patient safety are obvious, such as preventable medical errors, hospital-acquired infections and hospital violence. But these more obvious examples are far from the only obstacles to a safe patient population. To improve outcomes, healthcare leaders must consider other, less expected threats. FierceHealthcare breaks down four of these patient safety hazards 

20 arrested during union rally at UPMC

At least 20 protesters were arrested Wednesday during a Service Employees International Union-organized demonstration in front of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center headquarters, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Care coordination movement picks up speed in Maryland hospitals

By Carmela Coyle, president and CEO of the Maryland Hospital Association With national healthcare leaders and federal regulators focusing now more than ever on how to achieve the triple aim of...

Health leaders balk at IOM recommendations

Following the release of an Institute of Medicine report that proposes sweeping changes in how graduate medical education is funded, teaching hospital leaders worry about the proposal's implications, Hospitals & Health Networks Daily reports.

VA audit: Many employees manipulated data under supervisors' orders

An audit released this week by the Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare system uncovered even more cases of fraud, data manipulation and staff intimidation to cover up extreme delays in care.