Scripps' active-shooter drill offers lessons for violence preparedness

Hospitals preparing for potential violent scenarios can take several pointers from Scripps Health in San Diego's active shooter simulations, according to Becker's Hospital Review.

End-of-life care, planning fails patients

Despite repeated calls for improvement in end-of-life care and planning, pain and suffering has actually increased for dying patients, and significant barriers still stand in the way of effective discussions about patients' care options, according to recent research

Workplace danger: Nursing assistants suffer more physical injuries than construction workers

Hospitals must do more to protect nursing staff, who suffer more workplace musculoskeletal injuries than those in intensely physical industries such as construction, due in large part to the strain of lifting patients, NPR reports.

Hospitals turn to patient 'passports' to boost communication

Many hospitals now issue "passports" to patients to bridge common doctor-patient communication gaps, the Wall Street Journal reports. Patient passports, like travel passports, are documents that contain a patient's essential medical information, such as current prescription drugs and medical diagnoses, as well as treatment preferences.

AHA offers blueprint for hospital-community partnerships

As the transition from a fee-for-service model to a value-based system continues to build momentum, it will largely be up to hospital leaders to chart a new course forward. To aid in this effort, a new report from the American Hospital Association outlines how health system executives, boards and their communities can work together to improve the quality of care.

Global costs of cancer care continue to rise

Global spending on cancer is now on par with the gross domestic product of Hong Kong, the planet's 35th largest economy, according to a new report from The World Innovation Summit for Health on the rising costs of cancer treatments.

4 ways to prevent 'healthcare hysteria'

Nearly four months after the first patient was diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, providers can take several lessons from the incident to combat public hysteria over similar virus, according to a blog post on Hospitals & Health Networks.

Studies shed light on measures to improve surgical outcomes, readmissions

Two new studies that evaluate attempts to improve surgical outcomes call into question the effectiveness at least one of the key metrics for care quality performance in the current pay-for-performance model used to evaluate hospitals.

Organizations collaborate to reduce in-hospital heart attack deaths

Twelve hospitals will collaborate to develop strategies to reduce in-hospital heart attack mortality, the Wall Street Journal reports.

How hospital CEOs can be agents of change

Hospital chief executives have a vital role to play as agents of a change in the healthcare status quo, according to Becker's Hospital Review.

3 ways for hospitals to promote physician leadership

As the trend of healthcare consolidation shows no signs of slowing down, strong physician leadership within an integrated organization can play a major role in determining that organization's success. With that in mind, hospitals and healthcare organizations must empower physician leadership by adapting to accommodate a new culture of integration, Jerry Floro, M.D., president of the Pioneer Medical Group, wrote in a recent article for Becker's Hospital Review.

Can meditation lower the rate of hospital-acquired infections?

Although hospitals follow recommended guidelines to reduce hospital-acquired infections, a Washington Post columnist says they will never work until healthcare providers try another approach: Mindful meditatio

What Obama's 2016 budget will mean for healthcare providers

President Barack Obama's 2016 budget, which was formally released Monday, details a number of proposals with implications for healthcare providers--chief among them recently announced initiatives to pursue precision medicine and combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria, but also proposed cuts to Medicare payments.


3 lessons from HHS' latest healthcare initiatives

Three recent announcements from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have major implications for the agency's strategy going forward, writes health economist and policy expert Paul Keckley.

States expand programs to draw doctors to rural areas

One of the most pressing challenges among rural healthcare providers is the dearth of doctors in nonmetropolitan areas, an issue that several states have recently pushed to address.

Nonprofit hospitals tackle community food needs

In "food deserts"--neighborhoods where sources of healthy food are few and far between--not-for-profit hospitals can help bridge the gap, according to the Boston Globe.

Value-based payment initiative raises questions about how to measure quality

Many providers and payers have taken a wait-and-see approach to the Department of Health and Human Services' recent announcement that it will shift Medicare provider payments from a fee-for-service model to a quality-based system. But some are already wonder how exactly the agency will measure "care quality" at the many healthcare facilities affected by the policy.

Is Whole Foods the next retail chain to expand into healthcare?

Whole Foods, Inc. may follow other retail companies such as Walmart, CVS and Walgreens and expand into the clinic business, co-CEO John Mackey told Bloomberg.

Despite friction, CFO-CMO partnerships are a win-win

The changing nature of the healthcare industry means chief financial officers and chief medical officers must put aside historical friction in favor of collaboration.

Non-clinical care coordination process improves discharge process, reduces readmission

In case you missed it, this week FierceHealthcare ran a story about the success of a pilot program at three Pennsylvania hospitals that had non-clinical patient navigators help patients gain access...