A potential weak link in patient safety: ER to inpatient handoffs

Physicians say that patient safety is often at risk because of ineffective communication during the emergency department handoff process when patients are moved to inpatient units.

3 ways to improve communication and care coordination--from the patient and family's perspective

It's easy to write about the importance of effective provider-patient communication and care coordination. How fragmented care causes patients frustration, fear and can lead to readmissions. But...

Hospital farms provide patients with fresh, nutritious food

Patients at St. Luke's University Hospital in Pennsylvania not only receive quality medical care at the facility. They also receive fresh, nuritious food courtesy of the hospital's farm.

New nurses at higher risk for workplace injury

Newly minted nurses are more likely to be injured on the job than nurses with more experience, according to a study published in the International Journal of Nursing Studies.

Calls for relief for rural hospitals continue

The case for saving rural hospitals took center stage in Congress this week, with critical access hospital administrators asking the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee for relief from federal regulations that they say cause more harm than good.

More hospitals turn to 'laborists' to deliver babies

A growing number of hospitals are using OB hospitalists, also called laborists, to deliver babies, according to an article in Kaiser Health News. Patient satisfaction, attempts to reduce malpractice risk and physicians who want to work for a salary instead of running their own practices are some of the factors driving the trend.

Drones can help transport blood samples for routine tests

A new proof-of-concept study at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine shows that hobby-sized drones can transport common and routine blood tests--a finding that could help patients in rural areas of the world that lack passable roads and give healthcare workers quick access to lab work.

What Verizon can teach hospitals about coping with rapid market change

Hospitals can take some lessons from Verizon, the once "stodgy" utility company that is now seizing new business opportunities and reacting to meet new consumer demands.

CMS program to reduce hospital-acquired conditions has flaws

The Medicare program that penalizes hospitals financially for failing to adequately reduce hospital-acquired conditions might be backfiring, a new study published in JAMA suggests.

Questions hospitals must consider before joining an ACO

Organizations must consider four questions when they work with a health insurer to implement an accountable care organization, writes Daniel Finke, CEO of accountable care solutions from Aetna, in a piece for Healthcare IT News.

Outcomes improve, costs decline for Medicare beneficiaries

A new study finds "remarkable" improvements in hospitalization and mortality rates as well as per-patient costs for 65-and-over beneficiaries.

Why surgical checklists often fail

The success of a surgical checklist, designed to be a simple and inexpensive way to cut post-operative infection rates and save patient lives, may depend on a number of factors, including leadership support, how the hospital adapts the checklist and buy-in from the staff who use it, according to an article in Nature.

Majority of hospitals rate poorly in controlling C.diff, MRSA

Only 6 percent of 3,000 hospitals examined by Consumer Reports scored well for controlling two of the most serious and prevalent infection-causing bacteria--C. diff and MRSA.

3 ways to cut unnecessary readmissions of heart patients

Given the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) financial penalties for hospitals with above-average readmission rates, many organizations seek ways to prevent 30-day readmissions of patients who undergo percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), or what's commonly known as angioplasty. Here are three suggestions.

Robust EHRs, inpatient physical rehab and staff levels minimize 'weekend effect'

With studies showing that patients admitted to hospitals over the weekend are more likely to die and have serious complications, Loyola University Health System researchers have come up with strategies for reducing the so-called "weekend effect."

Hospitals' commitment to social media grows

Hospitals in Ohio are spending more money and resources on social media but also say they don't have the staff and time needed to use social media effectively.

3 concerns to address when hiring doctors to work for your hospital

More and more physicians are trading the autonomy of private practice for the security of working in hospital-employed medical groups. Here are three of the challenges hospitals face. 


Health center for low-income families brightens hospital visits

At the Venice Family Clinic in California, galaxies, forests and ocean motifs in treatment rooms, baskets of toys and more reflect a nationwide shift in the way clinics deliver healthcare.

VA settles with more whistleblowers as investigators promise better training

The Office of Special Counsel, which handles allegations of retaliation against federal employees, has announced that three Department of Veterans Affairs whistleblowers would be reinstated to their jobs with clean records and financial settlements..

How Henry Ford Health System, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital improved healthcare disparities

The American Hospital Association recognized two hospital systems for making significant strides in reducing healthcare disparities in their communities and improving diversity in their leadership ranks.