FDA issues proposed rule for healthcare cleaning products

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a new rule requiring manufacturers of over-the-counter antiseptic products used in healthcare settings to provide further documentation of their safety and effectiveness.

Medical schools approach nationwide enrollment goal

Medical school enrollment will rise 30 percent within the next five years, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges' Survey of Medical School Enrollment Plans.

Hospital system looks to improve outcomes with collaboration, ER redesign

A Michigan hospital system is taking both its emergency department and its care coordination strategies back to square one. Leaders at Grand Haven's 81-bed North Ottawa Community Health System are revamping ED services based on the sheer amount of patients who would be better served elsewhere. 

What healthcare leaders can learn from a home health nurse

Guest post by Thomas H. Dahlborg, chief financial officer and vice president of strategy for NICHQ (National Institute for Children's Health Quality), where he focuses on improving child health...

Reports renew scrutiny of VA oversight, quality of care

A slew of new investigative reports from the Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General raise questions about why the agency waited to publicly disclose allegations of wrongdoing at the country's beleaguered VA hospitals, according to USA Today.

Low health literacy linked to death of acute heart failure patients after hospitalizations

Patients who can't understand health information and are hospitalized for acute heart failure are more likely to die after discharge, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Hospitals stagnate on patient safety outcomes

The Leapfrog Group's latest hospital safety scores now allow users to see how facilities scored over time, and the data show that hospitals still have much room for improvement when it comes to keeping patients safe.

Can facility design cut down on hospital-acquired infections?

The University of Chicago's new Center for Care and Discovery plays host to the Hospital Microbiome Project, a three-year program in which scientists study how facility design and environmental factors affect patient-threatening bacteria.


4 essential steps for healthcare compliance

To create effective compliance programs, healthcare providers and officials must focus on four major principles, according to new guidance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General.

C. diff. rates highest in Northeast and springtime

Over the past 10 years infection rates for the deadly superbug Clostridium difficile (C. diff) have been at their highest in the Northeast region of the United States and during the spring, according to a new study in the May issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.

Nurses say peer bullying is rampant--and patients pay the price

As the issue of violence directed at healthcare workers gains ever more attention, research shows that nurses and doctors suffer some of the worst abuse at the hands of their own colleagues.

15 'vital signs' to improve healthcare

The healthcare industry currently uses thousands of measures to assess healthcare in the United States. But a new report reveals that providers only need to track 15 core measures or "vital signs" to determine progress.

As value trumps volume, some hospitals treat patients at home

While some hospitals use the old-fashioned concept of the house call to provide better post-discharge care, other organizations take the idea even further by treating certain patients entirely from the comfort of their homes, according to post on the New York Times' Well blog.

Shift to value-based care requires cultural transformation

Healthcare's need to transition from volume- to value-based care models is a constant refrain in the industry, but the shift has hit a rough patch that demonstrates organizations can't achieve true reform until they change their cultures, according to a Health Affairs blog post.

ERs ill-prepared to treat children

Thirty million children 18 years old and younger are treated in emergency rooms each year, according to the Wall Street Journal.

4 important--but confusing--healthcare terms

Some of the prevailing jargon in the healthcare industry suffers from confusion over what it actually means, according to healthcare expert Paul Keckley, Ph.D.

5 billion people lack access to surgical care

Though "surgery is an integral, indivisible part of healthcare," 5 billion people worldwide lack access to safe and affordable surgical care, according to a new commission from The Lancet.

Hospitals don't do enough to stop C. diff spread

Even as the White House has unveiled an aggressive, $1.2 billion plan to fight antibiotic-resistant infections, a new study suggests that U.S. hospitals don't do enough to prevent one particularly dangerous superbug from harming patients.

Advisory councils help hospitals boost patient engagement, satisfaction

As incentives grow for hospitals and health systems to improve the patient experience, an increasing number choose to weave patients and families into their leadership structures, Kaiser Health News reports.

Nursing homes may replace hospitals as linchpin of senior care

Nursing homes may edge out hospitals as the primary healthcare option for elderly patients, according to the New York Times.