Wisconsin providers form statewide partnership

Six of Wisconsin's foremost healthcare providers formed a statewide partnership in hopes of cutting costs, improving care and contracting with insurers, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

Certificate program seeks to improve healthcare diversity

In an era of increased scrutiny of disparities in healthcare, both in outcomes and leadership, many providers look for ways to make the industry more diverse.

Admitting privileges laws open new front in abortion battle

The next legal front in the abortion debate is flurry of state legislation requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at area hospitals, Kaiser Health News reports.

Docs skeptical about online medical auction sites

Patients may find cheaper deals for surgery and other medical procedures online, but physicians worry that the practice may hold patient safety risks, reports Kaiser Health News.

VTE rates don't reflect care quality

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has long used venous thromboembolism rates to determine hospital care quality, but a report finds this measure may not indicate care quality, according to Anesthesiology News.

VA official: Two years to fix wait times, investigate employee data manipulation

The Department of Veterans Affairs can fix the long wait times for veterans within two years--the same amount of time it will take to complete investigations of employees who allegedly falsified data to cover up the issues, Deputy VA Secretary Sloan Gibson announced Wednesday, the Associated Press reported.

Gains from pay-for-performance don't last

Pay-for-performance programs, despite initial improvements, may not improve patient mortality rates in the long term, according to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Is 'Kaiser-fication' of healthcare system a good thing?

Some experts think the "Kaiser-fication" of healthcare in the wake of the Affordable Care Act may be good for the industry, according to a USA Today article.

CMS modifies contracts for RACs to begin reviews

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is initiating contract modifications to current Recovery Auditor Contracts to allow auditors to restart some reviews, due to the continued delay in awarding new RACs, CMS announced this week.

Study finds surprisingly effective way to identify narcissistic CEOs

As hospital CEO turnover continues to rise, organizations on the lookout for new leaders may want help identifying narcisstic candidates who may make a good impression but could actually be detriments to the workplace. A new study published in PLOS ONE offers a simple, but effective way to root out potential narcisstic employees.

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.