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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Despite their early successes, accountable care organizations remain an uncertain prospect within healthcare, MedPageToday reports.
Hospitals' internal review reports written after adverse events can remain confidential, according to a New Jersey Supreme Court ruling on Monday.
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.
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.
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.
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 providers have been largely left out of the healthcare industry's shift toward accountability, the Chicago Tribune reports.
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.
Seton Medical Center introduced a specially equipped ambulance to transport and save dying patients, KXAN news in Austin, Texas reported.