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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...

Industry group accuses House of "trickery" in last-minute SGR temp fix

Despite industry opposition, the Senate may approve a temporary fix to the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula on Monday in order to avoid a 24 percent physician pay cut that will take effect April 1 if legislators can't agree on a solution. 

Healthcare leaders must balance profits, social good

Healthcare providers face skyrocketing healthcare spending across the United States, funding cuts and dwindling Medicaid reimbursements--but leaders must focus on the social good their organizations can do rather than just making money, according an article in The Atlantic.

HealthCare.gov enrollments surpass 6M as sign-up deadline approaches

In a crucial milestone, HealthCare.gov topped 6 million sign-ups, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Administrator Marilyn Tavenner wrote in a blog post.

7 ways hospitals build leadership development programs

As hospital CEO and administrator turnover reaches an all-time high, having a succession plan is more important than ever.

House approves temporary SGR fix

The House of Representatives on Thursday approved a temporary fix to the sustainable growth rate (SGR) for one year in a bill that also delays ICD-10 implementation until at least October 2015 and postpones hospital compliance with the controversial "two-midnight rule"and recovery audits of medically unnecessary claims until March 2015.

Interprofessional healthcare takes center stage at universities, academic institutions

Interprofessional healthcare is more than a buzzword or a trend. The team-based approach is now a guiding principle at academic and healthcare training organizations and patient-centered medical home models, and what's more, it's the way of the future, according to Bruce Gould, M.D., associate dean for primary care at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and director of the Connecticut Area Health Education Center.

RWJF report examines healthiest, least healthy counties

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released its "County Health Rankings Key Findings Report," which explores national and regional trends on how children in poverty, college attendance, preventable hospital stays, smoking and physical inactivity influence health.

Consumer Reports ranks top 10 safest U.S. hospitals

U.S. hospitals vary widely on safety and likelihood of death from avoidable surgical complications, according to new rankings from Consumer Reports.

Cleveland Clinic: Quality improvement involves all hospital employees

Hospital that want to create a culture where all employees, from physicians to housekeepers, feel like caregivers must set and achieve goals for quality improvement, infection rates and patient experience, according to speakers from the Cleveland Clinic at the 2014 ACHE Congress in Chicago.

1 in 25 patients acquire hospital infections

About one in 25 hospital patients acquired an infection during their stay in 2011, according to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

House readies for short-term SGR fix

In a last-minute deal likely to disappoint physicians across the country, the House of Representatives has reached a deal to delay physician Medicare reimbursement cuts under the sustainable growth rate formula for another year. Congress will likely vote on the bill Thursday.