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 may hurt quality of care, because larger chains often don't understand community needs, according to Bridge Michigan.
Engaging patients in their own wellness and care--as well as their personal health data--is necessary to qualify for new payment models and incentives, such as the Meaningful Use program, and to improve outcomes. A slideshow for InformationWeek offers a whopping 16 creative ideas to improve patient engagement.
The U.S.must learn more about value-based healthcare from global emerging markets and employ frugal innovation if the country and the industry wants to reduce the gross domestic product on healthcare and prevent it from rising 25 percent over the next few years, Forbes contributor Reenita Das wrote in a recent opinion piece.
The upcoming two-midnight rule for inpatient admissions will put considerable financial pressure on the nation's hospitals in the coming months, according to a new report by Moody's Investors Service.
Legislation that would permanently repeal Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) may be in jeopardy after Republicans inserted language that would delay the Affordable Care Act's mandate requiring that all individuals obtain health insurance, NPR reported.
Hospital CEO turnover reached an all time high of 20 percent in 2013. Experts cite a variety of causes for the uptick, including consolidation of the healthcare industry.
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights convened last week to determine if hospitals across the country are violating the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act by "dumping" mentally ill and other patients.
The chief population health officer (CPHO) is the latest executive title in hospital and health system C-suites. The CPHO oversees the development and implementation of a hospital or health system's population health management strategy and is typically a physician.
An Indiana hospital will form its own independent police department in an effort to ensure officers receive consistent training for the healthcare setting and so the hospital doesn't drain resources from community departments.
Low-income patients face higher operative mortality rates but not because of their socioeconomic standing. It's because of the hospital that treats them, according to a new study published in JAMA Surgery.
It's rare to find a person who possesses effective management skills. As a result, companies--and healthcare organizations--often hire unsuitable managers, according to a Harvard Business Review blog post by Randall Beck and James Harter.
A proposed bill may keep the government from classifying hospitals and healthcare providers as federal contractors or subcontractors because they receive federal payments.
Faced with a growing physician shortage and overcrowding, many hospital emergency departments must find ways to redirect patients, such as the elderly, to other settings that can provide more appropriate treatment, according to a blog post from the New York Times.
Subsidies designed to reduce copays and other expenses for the poor won't be cut after all, according to a new budget report, which explains how the sequester will impact spending in fiscal year 2015.
Surgical safety checklists didn't improve operative mortality, readmission rates and emergency department visits within 30 days after discharge at Canadian hospitals, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
A new Australian initiative aims to determine the best way for hospitals to contain infections, according to Health Canal.
Just as organizations learned the costs of implementing ICD-10 were likely higher than previously realized, now there is a new headache on the horizon: The transition to ICD-10 may also lead to information and financial losses, according to a study published in the Journal of Oncology Practice.
Don't rely on National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) data to compare hospitals. The surgical outcomes don't necessarily reveal hospital quality, according to a new study published in JAMA Surgery.