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Providers add population health management to chronic care equation

The Affordable Care Act continues to drive changes in healthcare providers' strategies for treating and managing chronic conditions such as diabetes, obesity and heart failure, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Hospitals must encourage ER nurses to report violent incidents

Healthcare organizations must encourage emergency department nurses, who are frequently victims of violence, to report all incidents of physical and verbal assaults, according to Hospitals & Health Networks.

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Why healthcare must eliminate barriers for nurse practitioners

Increasing numbers of nurse practitioners who enter the healthcare field could help fill the gap created by a shortage of primary care physicians, according to an opinion piece on the Health Affairs Blog.

 

Beth Israel aims to prevent emotional harm to patients

The healthcare field has made great strides in preventing adverse events that cause physical harm to patients, but one Boston hospital thinks it's time that hospital quality improvement programs also work to prevent emotional harm that damages a patient's dignity.

HHS launches Ebola training program

The Department of Health and Human Services has launched a National Ebola Training and Education Center to ensure American providers can safely identify, treat and transport any future patients infected with the deadly virus.

Only 6% of cardiac arrest victims survive outside hospital

Less than 6 percent of people who experience cardiac arrest outside of a hospital survive, while less than a quarter of hospital cardiac arrest patients survive, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine.

Why hospitals need chief quality officers

As the healthcare industry transitions from a volume-based to a value-based model, more healthcare organizations are adding the position of chief quality officer to their payrolls, according to Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality.

National Nurses United: Supreme Court case on public unions threatens patient safety

A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court this week to review a case that could limit the power of public unions to collect fees from nonmembers, could also destroy their bargaining power, and in effect, endanger patient safety, the largest U.S. organization of nurses warned Tuesday.

New Virginia law requires hospitals to inform patients of observation status

A new Virginia law that takes effect today will require hospitals to inform patients of their admission status verbally and in writing.

Hospital intervention cuts readmissions for patients at risk for delirium, suicide

A hospital-wide, evidence-based interprofessional care initiative can improve outcomes and cut readmissions for patients at risk for delirium, alcohol abuse and suicide harm, according to a study from the Joint Commission and Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston published in The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.

Early palliative care can save money, reduce patient stay in hospital

While the clinical benefits of early palliative care are well known, new research in the Journal of Clinical Oncology also indicates the programs can reduce both hospital costs and lengths of stay.

5 ways medical tourism can go wrong

Medical tourism is increasingly popular among patients and health insurers, but research indicates that many patients may return from abroad with costly infections or complications.

Nurses need cultural competency education to meet needs of diverse patients

Cultural competency and understanding of different cultures' perspectives on healthcare are increasingly non-negotiable for nurses, particularly in diverse areas of the country, according to a report at Nurse.com.

Scoring system can help hospitals improve care during surges in trauma cases

A scoring system that can identify periods of high activity and increased trauma patient deaths in hospital emergency rooms may help hospitals better prepare for catastrophic events.

Uninsured patients turn to the ER for dental problems

Without insurance that covers dental care, more patients than ever seek care in hospital emergency rooms, according to a USA Today report. In fact, ER dental visits doubled from 1.1 million in 2000 to 2.2 million in 2012, or 1 visit every 15 seconds, according to the publication's analysis of data from the American Dental Association.

How a pediatric hospital collaborative transformed patient safety

As hospitals nationwide work to improve patient safety and avert federal penalties for hospital-acquired conditions,children's hospitals have made some of the most significant progress, according to a column in U.S. News & World Report.

How hospitals can balance social media engagement, patient privacy

.While many companies use social media to promote their brand or business, it is often a challenge for hospitals that must balance the need to market their organizations and protect patient privacy in online postings, according to a report in the Yakima Herald.

Hospitals turn to big data to identify risks in the ICU

Intensive care units, seeking to reduce avoidable deaths, can harness big data to identify trends that may increase patient risks, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Reusable sharps containers may spread C. diff in hospitals

A new study found the rates of C. difficile infections, commonly referred to as C. diff, were 15 percent higher in hospitals that use reusable sharps containers than in hospitals that use single-use disposable containers.