Live-tweets during Cincinnati hospital surgery reveal unexpected complications

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center intended on Friday to live tweet for the first time during a gastric bypass and vagotomy operation for a 12-year-old girl with a rare medical condition that drew national media attention. But a few minutes into the operation, social media staff reported surgeons couldn't proceed with the operation due to an unexpected complication, according to the Cincinnati Business Courier.

6 readmission reduction success stories

With the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services penalizing 30-day readmissions, it's more important than ever for hospitals to take a proactive approach to prevent readmissions. FierceHealthcare spoke to experts and healthcare leaders about their readmissions success stories.

Industry leaders give mixed reviews about the future of healthcare

Healthcare leaders across the country are uncertain about the future of medicine in the wake of sweeping changes from the Affordable Care Act, but many are optimistic about the industry's possibilities.

Cost for proposed SGR repeal now at more than $180B

A last minute insertion in a bill to repeal the much-hated Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula increases the cost of the measure by more than $42 million, according to a new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report.

Nearly half of Americans believe medical conspiracy theories

Almost half of all American adults believe one or more medical conspiracy theories, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

3 ways hospitals can reduce patient suffering

Although there's not much doctors can do about patients suffering from unavoidable pain, such as condition symptoms and side effects from treatment, Thomas Lee, M.D.of Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital tells Becker's Hospital Review that they can reduce avoidable suffering caused by snags in the system.



ED use up since MA instituted healthcare reform

Since Massachusetts implemented statewide healthcare reform in 2006, emergency department use has increased slightly but consistently, according to a new study published in the Annals of Emergency Use.

For-profit hospitals in Conn. could face additional regulations

Connecticut lawmakers held a hearing this week regarding two bills that would put additional requirements on nonprofit hospitals that want to transition to for-profit status, CTnow reported. 

CEOs share 3 strategies for success in a value-based industry

It's not surprising that an American College of Healthcare Executive survey found financial challenges are the top concerns for hospital CEOs. After all the industry faces financial pressures...

New hospital protocols make EDs more efficient, safe

A series of new protocols and initiatives make hospital emergency departments across the country more efficient, cost effective and safe.

Drive hospital bottom line with culture of kindness, compassion

Hospitals that want to stand out among their competitors must emphasize kindness and compassion, according to Forbes.

Online ratings don't help patients determine best hospitals

Online hospital ratings do not help patients compare quality or performance, according to a new study published in Health Services Research.

4 ways hospital leaders can foster patient engagement

To create a positive and safe patient engagement environment, healthcare providers must collaborate with patients and their families, according to a new report from the National Patient Safety Foundation's Lucian Leape Institute.

Cutbacks may save Georgia hospitals from closure

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) announced a plan this week to help struggling rural hospitals stay open by cutting back their operations, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

5 reasons patients seek unnecessary emergency care

As hospitals across the country try to reduce overcrowding in emergency departments, one way to shift patients to a different but more appropriate setting is to identify and understand the types of patients who seek unnecessary emergency care.

Pneumonia mortality higher under broader definition

Hospital mortality rates for pneumonia are much higher under a broader definition of the illness, according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

1 in 3 community hospital patients get inappropriate bloodstream infection antibiotics

More than one in three community hospital patients treated for a bloodstream infection get inappropriate antibiotic therapy, according to a new study published in PLoS One.

Docs, APNs clash on state scope of practice measures

Scope of practice and how much authority advanced practice nurses should have are under debate again thanks to proposed legislation in several states. 

Checklists as effective, important as ever

Doctors introduced the concept of checklists to the healthcare setting to prevent errors, especially for staff that are often fatigued and distracted. Checklists now play a large part in reducing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), Kay Temple wrote in an Infection Control Today article.

Physician-hospital consolidation reduces quality of care

Physician-hospital consolidation may hurt quality of care, because larger chains often don't understand community needs, according to Bridge Michigan.