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True extent of scope-related superbugs unknown

​One reason that superbug outbreaks linked to medical scopes continue to rise is because many cases of the deadly infections go unreported, a USA Today investigation finds.

Coverage expansion won't cut ER visits for dental care

Uninsured patients increasingly turn to the emergency department for dental healthcare needs, but expanding Medicaid's dental coverage won't reduce ED traffic, according to a study published in Health Affairs.

Wisconsin hospital partnership coordinates efforts to improve care

A year after six Wisconsin health systems partnered on an initiative to share best practices and improve care quality, the program has added two members and reaped the benefits of diverse experts and strengths.

Can you afford not to invest in digital patient engagement?

Guest post by Tom Scaletta, M.D., medical director of patient experience and the emergency department chair at Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare, a health system that comprises three hospitals and serves...

Medicare will likely update measures for hospital-acquired conditions

In the wake of recent research that revealed a flaw in how Medicare measures reductions in hospital-acquired conditions, the agency plans to update and expand the methodology it uses to calculate the benchmarks.

90% of docs, trainees don't address obesity issues with hospitalized pediatric patients

Doctors and trainees do not address overweight/obesity in more than 9 in 10 hospitalized children, according to a new study published in the Journal of Pediatrics.

Precision medicine may leave public health efforts in the dust

The federal government and healthcare industry's focus on personalized medicine comes at the expense of public health efforts, argues an opinion piece published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Yelp expands its hospital reviews: ER wait times, doc communication now available to consumers

Along with online patient reviews, consumers will now have easier access to federal data on hospitals--including average wait times to see a doctor in the emergency room--under a new partnership between Yelp and ProPublica.

Safety-net hospitals turn to lean manufacturing to improve care, reduce costs

In an effort to reduce costs and increase patient satisfaction, some public hospitals now follow the lead of their private counterparts and adopt "lean" strategies modeled after Toyota's production system.

CDC: Superbugs on the rise because facilities don't work together

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals healthcare leaders could prevent 619,000 hospital-acquired infections and 37,000 deaths over the next five years--but only if they work together.

VA scandal: Staff increases, hour extensions have mixed success for wait times

Reforms within the embattled Department of Veterans Affairs continue to yield mixed results, with some VA facilities reporting increased wait times while others have successfully reduced them.

Screening for partner violence doesn't improve outcomes

Whether women were screened for partner violence and provided with a resource list or not, the health outcomes were exactly the same, according to a new JAMA study.

Medicare's three-day rule may lead to longer-than-needed hospital stays

Medicare's rule that says patients must stay in the hospital for three days before it will cover their care in a skilled nursing facility may not be helping patients, a new study finds, and in fact may be costing Medicare plans money.

ER super-users: Needs are severe but temporary

The care needs that drive many healthcare "super-users" to the hospital are severe but temporary, according to a new study in Health Affairs.

6 factors that influence nurse compassion fatigue

Younger, less experienced nurses are more likely to suffer from compassion fatigue and lower levels of satisfaction, according to a survey published in Critical Care Nurse.

Hospitals must reassess cost management

Top-level hospital managers tend to focus on the wrong issues when it comes to effective cost management.

Half of US hospitals face readmission penalties

Most hospitals will face some sort of Medicare penalty for excessive 30-day readmissions, losing a combined $420 million in the fourth year of the federal readmission reduction program, according to a Kaiser Health News analysis.

Clinical quality comes from the top down

Hospital boards of directors that pay close attention to clinical quality have a positive effect on overall management scores and clinical quality metrics.

House moves to protect VA whistleblowers; Obama promises veto

The House passed a measure last week that would give the Department of Veterans Affairs more power to fire poor performers and give whistleblowers some of the strongest protections in history.

Hospitals focus on seniors to prevent readmissions, adverse events

Seniors over-estimate their ability to perform tasks, such as getting in and out of bed, after discharge from the emergency department, putting them at greater risks for falls, complications and readmissions.