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DOJ anti-fraud push could mean criminal charges for healthcare executives

​A push by the U.S. Department of Justice to hold executives accountable for corporate misdeeds could mean an increased focus on prosecuting healthcare executives, the law firm Arent Fox warns.

Dallas hospital missed chance to contain Ebola

Eighty people may have come in contact with the first diagnosed U.S. Ebola patient before he was hospitalized in Dallas, calling into question why Texas Health Presbyterian clinicians failed to recognize the symptoms when he first sought care and missed a chance to isolate him when he was contagious.

 

4 ways to improve primary care delivery

Several practical solutions, such as value-based payment models and expanding the scope of practice of non-physician clinicians, could offset the primary care shortage, according to a new report from the UnitedHealth Center for Health Reform & Modernization.

Virtual ward model does not affect patient outcomes

The "virtual ward" model did not reduce readmission or mortality rates among high-risk patients, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Military hospital system report shows disparities in care

A newly released report from the secretary of defense that reviewed the Military Health System showed the system generally provide safe and timely care, however there are some disparities in care provided by the military. Eight facilities have "significantly higher than expected" rates of patients getting sick following treatment.

Assault case shines light on hospital patient privacy, social media policies

Lansdale (Pennsylvania) Hospital, part of the Abington Health system, has fired an emergency room technician who posted pictures of patient X-rays and two severed fingers and described different patients in her Twitter account, according to insurancenews.net via the Philadelphia Inquirer

CDC confirms first case of Ebola

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Tuesday the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States in a person who traveled to Dallas from West Africa, while Texas officials urged residents to remain calm and hospitals across the nation said they are prepared to handle additional cases.

 

The drawbacks of drug-testing physicians

A California ballot initiative addressing the growing problem of substance abuse among healthcare workers may have unintended consequences, according to two opinion pieces in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Connecticut requires hospitals to inform patients of observation status

Beginning today, Connecticut hospitals must tell patients when they are in observation and not actually admitted--and inform them that they may be responsible for charges incurred during their stay, according to the Greenwich Times.com.

4 mistakes hospitals make in the search for partnerships

In an effort to be more efficient, deliver value-based care and streamline the healthcare continuum, hospitals enter into partnerships out of want rather than financial necessity to stay ahead of competitors in the ever-evolving healthcare industry, according to a piece in Hospitals & Health Networks.

Mixed news, unclear future for ACOs

Despite their early successes, accountable care organizations remain an uncertain prospect within healthcare, MedPageToday reports.

NJ Supreme Court: Hospitals can keep internal error reviews confidential

Hospitals' internal review reports written after adverse events can remain confidential, according to a New Jersey Supreme Court ruling on Monday. 

VA scandal whistleblowers receive settlement for unfair treatment

​The Veterans Affairs Department announced Monday it settled the complaints of three employees who faced retaliation after filing whistleblower complaints about the Phoenix VA hospital--revelations that led to a nationwide scandal that involved secret wait lists to cover up treatment delays and possible patient deaths.

4 ways to prevent patient "leakage"

Healthcare providers can take several steps to reduce patient "leakage," the industry term for primary care physicians who refer patients to out-of-system providers, rather than to those in their network, resulting in significant business losses, according to a blog post from Simon Associates' Kriss Barlow.

Reduce readmissions among chronically ill patients with post-acute care plan

Hospitals and health systems can reduce readmissions and improve quality of care by implementing a post-acute care model for patients with chronic diseases, Patty Upham, director of care transitions with FirstHealth of the Carolinas in Pinehurst, North Carolina, told senior writer Paul Barr in an interview for Hospitals & Health Networks.

Pioneer ACO program loses three more participants

Despite early success among some of the Medicare Pioneer Accountable Care Organization program, four more hospital systems recently dropped out, leaving just 19 of the original 32 organizations , according to an article in the Wall Street Journal.

Rural hospitals left behind in push for accountability

Rural providers have been largely left out of the healthcare industry's shift toward accountability, the Chicago Tribune reports.

3 skills effective hospital leaders need

As healthcare providers reshape their infrastructure to a post-Affordable Care Act world, they must think about how to hire the most effective executives, according to Hospitals & Health Networks.

Specialized ambulance offers life-saving transport for dying patients

Seton Medical Center introduced a specially equipped ambulance to transport and save dying patients, KXAN news in Austin, Texas reported. 

How health leaders can optimize employee wellness

by Zack Budryk As important as patient engagement is in today's healthcare landscape, engaging employees in their own health and lifestyle choices can be just as vital. One way healthcare leaders...