Lack of advance directives leads to unwanted care

Nearly a quarter of older patients say they or a family member with advanced illness were pushed into unwanted or excessive treatment, according to articles published in a recent issue of Public Policy & Aging Report (PP&AR).

Longer hospital stay equals lower mortality, fewer readmissions

One extra day in the hospital cuts costs and significantly reduces the chance of the need to readmit Medicare patients within 30 days, a new study from Columbia Business School found.


3 keys to a successful population health management approach

An organization's transition to manage the health of certain populations is often met with obstacles, but there are three strategies that will improve your chances of establishing a practical and effective approach, according to an article in Becker's Hospital Review.

Intermountain CIO warns of morale problems in health IT

The leadership turnover at the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT may be hurting morale within the healthcare industry, Intermountain Healthcare CIO Marc Probst told FierceHealthIT in an exclusive interview. 

Ebola Watch: Nurses plan protests over lack of preparedness in US hospitals

National Nurses United, which has repeatedly warned that nurses are unprepared to handle patients with the deadly Ebola virus, will hold protests in at least 14 states and the District of Columbia to demand tougher Ebola safety precautions in U.S. hospitals.

Despite hospital safety process improvements, outcomes backslide

The fall 2014 update to Leapfrog's Hospital Safety Score reveals a mixed bag of news about U.S. hospitals. Overall, of the 2,520 hospitals scored, 790 earned an "A," 688 earned a "B," 868 earned a "C," 148 earned a "D" and 26 earned an "F." In addition, several states moved up into the "A" rankings, including Wisconsin, Florida, Virginia and New Jersey, according to an announcement.

Traditional communication isn't enough: Use entertainment education to fight Ebola

Guest post by Andrea J. Simon, Ph.D., a former marketing, branding and culture change senior vice president at Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Michigan. She also is president and CEO of Simon...

Use patients, families as experts to improve quality

Hospitals could improve quality and safety if they engaged patients and their families in improvement initiatives, experts say.

Two Virginia hospitals first to receive infection risk certification

Two Virginia hospitals are the first in the country to receive certification in a new program aimed to transform healthcare organizations' approach to managing infection risk.

Cleveland Clinic announces next year's top medical innovations

The Cleveland Clinic has announced its top medical innovations for 2015.

Early isolation of sickest may help contain Ebola

Isolating the sickest Ebola patients in the first few days they display symptoms may be key to containing the spread of the virus, according to a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Illinois hospital network saves $160M by reducing readmissions, patient harm events

Hospitals in health systems across Illinois that participate in the state Hospital Engagement Network prevented 15,887 patient harm incidents since 2012, saving more than $160 million, according to the Illinois Hospital Association.

Hospital business to dwindle as patients become consumers

The healthcare market is transitioning to a consumer-driven health market that could cut hospital inpatient business by 25 percent initially and by 40 percent over the longer term, according to an Oliver Wyman market report.

3 ways to drive employee engagement and satisfaction

As many healthcare providers make cutbacks in services, it's important they retain employees and keep them satisfied, especially in light of documented links between employee engagement and patient satisfaction.

Checklist can improve surgical patient handoff

A surgical checklist can improve communication and reduce potential errors during patient handoffs, Medscape reports.

MGMA speaker makes business case to innovate healthcare communication

The healthcare industry's recent focus on patient satisfaction and HCAHPS scores don't go deeply enough into repairing the core breakdowns in the way organizations help patients heal, according to M. Bridget Duffy, M.D., chief medical officer at Vocera Communications in San Francisco, who spoke at this week's Medical Group Management Association's annual conference.

3 reasons U.S. Ebola patients recover faster than those in West Africa

Medical experts have several theories on why, despite Ebola's devastating body count in West Africa, only one patient with the virus, Thomas Eric Duncan, has died in the United States, with all eight other patients treated in U.S hospitals either recovering or still alive, CNN reports

Barriers prevent complete shift from master's to doctor of nursing practice degrees

Nursing schools made progress in transitioning to the practice doctorate and the importance of the Doctor of Nursing Practice in preparing people for advanced nursing practice, according to a study by the RAND Corporation released by the American Association of Colleges of Nurses.

Don't toss unused surgical supplies; donate them

Large U.S. hospitals throw away $15 million in sterile, unused surgical supplies annually that easily could be donated to hospitals and clinics in developing countries, a Johns Hopkins University study published online in the World Journal of Surgery found.

Key features of employee wellness programs

To implement a successful employee wellness program, leaders should keep a few key aspects in mind, according to Employee Benefit News.