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VA whistleblowers push for system-wide changes to improve patient care

Whistleblowers from around the country who put a spotlight on problems at Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities that resulted in a nationwide scandal last year, have banded together and vow to keep up the pressure to improve care for veterans.

US News to overhaul its measures for annual Best Regional Hospital rankings

U.S. News & World Report will revamp the methodology it uses to compare hospitals for its annual Best Regional Hospital report. 

Interprofessional care model shows promise for readmission reduction, ER use

A group of nurse practitioners (NPs) at the University of Arizona College of Nursing aims to improve care for patients whose complex needs put them at high risk for readmission or emergency care through a new bundled-care model, according to Clinical Advisor.

Nearly 1 in 4 hospitals fail in hand hygiene

Though hospitals' performance on hand-hygiene practices has improved, 23 percent still fail to meet all 10 best practices the Leapfrog Group outlines in its latest quality and safety report, according to the nonprofit organization.

5 ways community health worker programs can improve post-ACA

Community health worker programs are more relevant than ever in the United States amid the current emphasis on outcomes and value, but these initiatives still must overcome several significant barriers in order to succeed, according to an opinion piece published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Drug companies contribute to the rise in antibiotic resistance

Major pharmaceutical companies may have contributed to the global rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, according to a new report from Sum of Us, a consumer watchdog. 

For elderly patients, hospital environment can do more harm than good

Hospitals must address environmental factors that leave many patients at risk of long-term damage from post-hospital syndrome and delirium, according to a column in Forbes.

OSHA doubles down on efforts to curb nurse injuries

Amid recent reports that chronicled the high rates of workplace injuries among nurses, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration plans to ramp up its regulatory efforts in the healthcare industry, Healthcare Finance News reports.

Changing healthcare industry breeds new recruitment strategies

The Affordable Care Act and the ongoing threat of a physician shortage have led one major health system to rethink its training and recruitment techniques, according to Forbes.

Surgical never events: How to stop these preventable medical errors once and for all

As a longtime healthcare reporter, I am shocked every time I read about a surgeon who operated on the wrong site or wrong patient or accidentally left a surgical instrument inside a patient's...

California's ACOs: A model for the nation?

California's successful accountable care organizations could offer valuable lessons for rest of the nation, which has seen mixed results with ACOs, according to California Healthline.

BUILD Health Challenge announces 18 awardees

The BUILD Health Challenge, an initiative founded by The Advisory Board Company, the de Beaumont Foundation, the Colorado Health Foundation, The Kresge Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has announced grants to 18 healthcare projects.

Rural health crisis: Hospitals struggle to stay open, shift focus to outpatient care

The rural health financial crisis has forced many hospitals to cut their workforces, others to drop services like routine baby deliveries and all to look at other delivery options and financial models. But more hospital closures are likely, industry experts say, unless the federal and state governments make policy changes.

Why one state isn't worried about a rise in hospital medical errors

Medical errors are on the rise in Massachusetts, the Boston Globe reports, but according to the state's Department of Public Health, that's actually a good sign.

Massachusetts regulates nurse staffing levels in ICUs

Amid rising concerns about unsafe nurse staffing levels nationwide, Massachusetts on Wednesday became the second state to explicitly regulate nurse-to-patient ratios in its hospitals, the Boston Globe reports.

To improve patient experience, some hospitals redesign dining areas

To maximize patient satisfaction, many hospitals redesign their dining spaces, according to Healthcare Design Magazine.

Provider-sponsored insurance plans can boost outcomes, credit

The growing trend of provider-sponsored insurance plans helps drive needed change within the healthcare industry post-Affordable Care Act, according to a new report from Standard & Poor's.

5 traits of the ideal healthcare CEO

As the industry continues to experience sweeping changes, healthcare organizations that want to survive and thrive will need a new breed of CEO at the helm, Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine reports.

How CEO Trevor Fetter brought Tenet back from the brink

Tenet Healthcare Corp. has come a long way since it faced a series of crises in 2003, and it owes much of its success to its CEO, Trevor Fetter, the Dallas Morning News reports.

American Muslim nurses break down cultural barriers

While American Muslim nurses face unique challenges in 2015, many use heir position as caregivers to clear up misconceptions, according to Nurse.com.