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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.

AHRQ video shows how to educate patients, providers on infection prevention

A video created for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality that shows the benefits of engaging patients in hemodialysis infection prevention activities won the fifth annual Film Festival at the 42nd Annual Conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology this weekend.

5 strategies to standardize healthcare wait times

Wait times for healthcare services vary broadly throughout the country, but strategies that were effective in other sectors could reduce these disparities, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine.

For better care, recruit more nurses to research positions

The number of scientists in the nursing field is slowly growing, according to an article published in the journal Nature, with many of them entering the research field to seek solutions for problems in their clinics.

Physician empathy is key to patient satisfaction

In recognition of how poor bedside manners could hurt both patient satisfaction scores and finances, more healthcare providers put a higher priority on physician empathy training, according to the Deseret News.

Infection preventionists spend more time on data collection than prevention

Hospital infection preventionists spend more time reporting and collecting data than they do protecting patients from healthcare-associated infections, according to new research.

 

Disruptive--and dangerous--behavior caught on tape: Time to finally stop misbehaving docs

In all the furor leading up to the Supreme Court's ruling Thursday to uphold federal subsidies, you may have missed a story in FierceHealthcare this week about a lawsuit involving an...

5 traits essential to success of independent hospitals

Times have not been easy for many independent community hospitals. Yet, some of those organizations have not only survived, but have thrived, according to an article on Hospitals and Health Networks Daily.

Online ratings game: To boost PR, many hospitals post their own patient satisfaction info

As online ratings play an increasing role in consumer healthcare decisions, many healthcare organizations are getting into the ratings game by posting real patient feedback on their web sites, according to CNBC.

Stroke centers more common in states that offer incentives

Hospitals certified as primary stroke centers are far more common in states with laws that require paramedics to take stroke patients directly to one, according to a study published in Stroke, the journal of the American Stroke Association.

New readmission reduction guidelines: Medication management essential

The Network for Excellence in Health Innovation proposes national recommendations to better manage patient medications in order to reduce hospital readmissions.

OSHA to crack down on hospitals that don't protect nurses from injury

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration has announced a new initiative to drastically increase scrutiny of injuries among hospital nursing staff.

Antibiotic-resistant superbugs: 'Health crisis of this generation'

A new Consumer Reports series examines the rise of antibiotic-resistant superbugs, calling the dangerous infections the "health crisis of this generation."

Do advocates overestimate the benefits of personalized medicine?

The advocates of personalized or precision medicine may have set up unrealistic expectations about its promise while leaving many questions unanswered, according to a viewpoint article in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Anesthesiologist must pay $500K for insulting man under sedation

A jury awarded $500,000 to a Virginia man whose accidental recording of his colonoscopy revealed his surgical team mocked him while he was under anesthesia, according to the Washington Post.

5 health IT terms every hospital CEO must know

As the healthcare industry becomes increasingly technology-focused, leaders without a background in tech may find it overwhelming. That's why it's essential they understand several key terms and concepts, according to Managed Healthcare Executive.