High-risk patients fare better when heart docs are out of town

If you have a heart attack, heart failure or cardiac arrest while your cardiologist is out of town at a major industry conference, no worries--you're actually more likely to live. That is the conclusion of a study that appeared in the most recent edition of the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

Medicaid set to drop payments for primary care physicians

The Medicaid program may face its toughest challenge in 2015, when payments to primary care physicians are slated to drop an average of more than 40 percent, Kaiser Health News reported.

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays! FierceHealthcare will be taking its annual publisher's holiday over the next two weeks and will return to its regular publishing schedule after the New Year on January 5, 2015....

Palliative care manages chronic conditions and provides comfort

Palliative care--long thought of mainly as a precursor to hospice care for patients with terminal illnesses--is not just for the dying anymore, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.

Report: VA wasted billions on projects while veterans waited for care

Matters just keep getting worse for Veterans Affairs. The department continues to waste billions on elaborate, controversial projects even as it struggles to address urgent quality of care issues, according to a new CNN report.

3 skills an effective hospital CFO needs in 2015

In the modern healthcare industry, the role of the chief financial officer has become more complex, which requires the executive to possess several qualities, according to Becker's Hospital Review.

Hospitals turn to gardening, farming to improve population health

Two hospitals hope to manage community and population health with the principle of "food as medicine," according to ABC News.

Records show scope of patient harm at VA facilities

Amid the recent controversy over whether the Veterans Health Administration accurately reported the number of patients who died waiting for an appointment, a new report from the Washington Free Beacon sheds some light on just how many patients have been harmed while seeking care at VA facilities.   

After report on nurse drug abuse, Virginia gov calls for background checks

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) called for criminal background checks for nurses seeking licenses to practice in the state, according to the News Leader.

89 new ACOs join Medicare Shared Savings Program

Eighty-nine new accountable care organizations will join the Medicare Shared Savings Program, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced in a blog post this week.

2014 Year-in-Review: Ebola, VA scandal and evolving care models

They say you can't know where you're going until you know where you've been, so as 2014 draws to a close, let's take a look back at some of the top FierceHealthcare headlines that made it a year unlike any other.

'Executive physicals' a popular choice for the C-suite

More and more executives make their health a priority not only for their own good, but for the benefit of their careers, according to the Columbus CEO.

Officials: Work still remains on Ebola despite progress

Despite progress in controlling the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, there is still substantial work to be done, said the first member of Congress to visit the virus zone during the epidemic, according to the Washington Times.

Military Health System whistleblowers face backlash

Following up on its investigation into poor patient safety and lax oversight at military hospitals, a new report from the New York Times reveals how the system itself is designed to discourage internal criticism and even punish those who point out problems in care.


Georgia hospitals struggle, refuse to sign on to state-survival plan

None of Georgia's struggling rural hospitals have signed onto the state's plan to save money by scaling back operations, the Associated Press reports.

Study: Core care team includes doctors, social worker, dietitian

A study conducted at the Loyola University Health System's burn center intensive care unit found that three doctors, a dietician and a social worker are the most central players in regard to communicating about patient care.

Emergency surgeries increase costs, mortality rates

A 10 percent reduction in emergency surgery for three common procedures could save healthcare providers $1 billion over a decade, according to a new study published in the Annals of Surgery.

What healthcare providers can do to prevent violence

Healthcare providers are ideally positioned to help stop the cycle of violence that claims the lives of 56,000 Americans every year, and more are starting to realize this fact, according to an article in Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine.

Leadership support central to long-lasting hospital change

This year I had the privilege of interviewing many hospital and healthcare executives about leadership strategies and the challenges the industry faced in the wake of healthcare reform, Medicare...

Medicare to penalize hospitals with highest rate of HACs

More than 700 hospitals are set to have their Medicare payments lowered by 1 percent in the fiscal year 2015 due to failure to reduce hospital-acquired condition rates and meet patient safety benchmarks put in place by the Affordable Care Act.