Experienced nurses hold edge as acute care job market opens up

Demand for experienced nurses continues to grow, and vacancy rates have more than doubled in recent years at hospitals around the country. However, new graduates are increasingly competing with experienced nurses.

Hospitals must improve on deaf accessibility, advocates say

Hospitals have an accessibility problem when it comes to deaf and hard of hearing patients. And now Maryland's government is collaborating with the states' providers to solve it.

Government urges all facilities to double down on device cleaning process

Healthcare was rocked by the revelation earlier this year that improperly-cleaned medical scopes spread deadly superbugs in hospital settings, but contaminated medical equipment poses a similar risk in outpatient settings and doctors' offices, according to a new advisory from the CDC and the FDA.

Culture of safety starts with hospital leaders

In an era when medical errors are the nation's third-leading cause of death and hospitals are increasingly at risk for penalties for unsafe practices, healthcare leaders need more and better tools in order to foster a culture of safety.

4 strategies to manage remote healthcare workers

In an exclusive interview with FierceHealthcare, Adriane Willig, a principal at executive search firm's Witt/Kieffer's healthcare practice, offers suggestions for healthcare leaders to successfully manage a virtual workforce.


U.S. healthcare quality is better but still not as good as other countries

Although the quality of healthcare in United States is improving, it still falls behind countries of comparable wealth in several key measures, according to an insight brief by the Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker, an online information hub dedicated to monitoring and assessing the performance of the U.S. health system.

Most docs in hospital-owned practices refer patients to that hospital

After hospitals acquire their practices, physicians are far more likely to refer patients to those facilities, according to a paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research.

12-hour-plus shifts linked to nurse burnout

Nurses working shifts of 12 hours or longer are at severe risk for burnout, according to an international study published in BMJ Open.

CMS star ratings lack vital socioeconomic, demographic factors, hospital groups say

Medicare's five-star scale that rates the quality of care provided at hospitals doesn't offer a complete picture because it fails to reflect the distinct socioeconomic and demographic factors of vulnerable patients, according to hospital advocacy groups.

How Ascension achieves health equity and puts its words into action

Guest post by Patricia Maryland, president of healthcare operations and chief operating officer of Ascension Health, a subsidiary of St. Louis-based Ascension, the largest nonprofit health system in...

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield hack puts 10M personal records at risk

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield announced that it discovered a massive data breach in early August that could put 10 million of its members personal records at risk.

How to improve patient satisfaction in the ER [Interview]

In an exclusive interview with FierceHealthcare, Sheridan Healthcare's Catherine Polera, M.D. talks about the organization's strategy to help ER doctors understand the importance of patient satisfaction and improving the patient experience. 

Healthcare needs 'care coordination records' to better manage patient care

While electronic medical records guide physicians through patient encounters and help document their services for billing purposes, the records don't support true care coordination. Therefore, to better manage the patient's entire care experience, the healthcare industry needs to adopt "care coordination records," according to an opinion piece for MedCity News.

Ebola watch: One year later, many nurses say government left them ill-prepared

A year after the West African Ebola outbreak, as well as fears of a similar disaster hitting the United States, many nurses feel unprepared for future epidemics, echoing concerns nurses voiced at the time, the Huffington Post reports.

Hospital-behavioral health partnerships: A magic bullet for readmissions?

In their ongoing quest to reduce preventable readmissions, hospitals may want to explore partnerships with behavioral health organizations, according to Behavioral Healthcare

Maryland creates ER opioid prescribing guidelines

The Maryland Hospital Association, working with the Maryland Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, recently developed opioid prescribing guidelines to be used in emergency departments in the state.

CMS rolls out plan to reduce healthcare outcomes disparities

A new plan from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services aims to reduce inequities in healthcare for underserved, high-risk populations.

Happy nurses lead to happy, satisfied patients

Hospital efforts to boost patient satisfaction by following the lead of luxury hotels or resorts are misguided, according to an article in Quartz. Instead, leaders must focus on the healthcare workers that patients interact with the most: nurses.

Sepsis prevention: Ohio collaborative develops protocols to attack deadly blood infection

In an exclusive interview with FierceHealthcare, Mike Abrams, president and CEO of the Ohio Hospital Association, discusses the association's collaboration with the Sepsis Alliance to reduce death from sepsis in the state by 35 percent. 

Dallas hospital becomes first to conduct universal suicide-risk screenings

Dallas' Parkland Memorial Hospital  has become the first in the United States to implement universal mental health screenings to assess whether patients are at risk for suicide, according to a blog post from the Dallas Morning News.