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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.

3 ways to enhance patient engagement

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. 

Emerging global healthcare markets may hold key to value-based care

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. 

Two-midnight rule could hurt hospital finances

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. 

Updated SGR repeal legislation likely DOA

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.

Why hospital CEO turnover is on the rise

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. 

Feds investigate 'patient dumping' law compliance

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.

Add a new chair to the hospital C-suite table

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. 

Ind. hospital to start its own police department

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.

Higher mortality risks for patients at hospitals serving low-income population

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.

Why a good healthcare manager is hard to find

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.

Communicating with patients: Stick with the tried and true

Guest post by Nancy Cawley Jean, senior media relations officer for the Lifespan health system in Rhode Island Over the years, the way we communicate with patients has changed drastically. I...

Proposed bill protects hospitals from 'federal contractor' designation

A proposed bill may keep the government from classifying hospitals and healthcare providers as federal contractors or subcontractors because they receive federal payments.

Overcrowded EDs seek to redirect patients

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.

White House saves cost-sharing healthcare subsidies from budget cuts

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 may not improve patient outcomes after all

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.

New program will test hospital cleaning methods

A new Australian initiative aims to determine the best way for hospitals to contain infections, according to Health Canal.

ICD-10 transition may cause information loss, financial trouble

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.

Surgical outcomes study sheds new light on hospital performance measures

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.