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Hospitalists expand rapidly into post-acute care

Twenty years after hospitalists started shaking up hospital-based healthcare by orchestrating multiple aspects of patient care, a post-acute care subspecialty is the fastest-growing segment of hospitalist medicine, Medscape reported.

Patients who miss meals or eat too little more likely to die

Mortality risk increases for hospital patients who skip eating or eat too little, according to a study of nearly 60 Australian and New Zealand hospitals.

Nurses on night shifts at risk for heart disease

Nurses working rotating night shifts may face unintended health consequences, according to a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association.

 

4 fundamental values for healthcare leaders

The modern era of healthcare heavily emphasizes rapid evolution and the need for innovation and reform, but this emphasis has come at the expense of reinforcing several universal values, according to a Forbes column.

Pledge to keep surgeons current on high-risk surgeries goes largely unanswered

A year after Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and the University of Michigan Health System pledged that their surgeons must perform a certain number of high-risk surgical procedures to continue performing the procedures, no other hospital networks have joined them in the so-called volume pledge, according to The Washington Post.

High-volume hospitals don't necessarily produce better surgical outcomes after all

The current conventional wisdom holds that higher volume hospitals produce better outcomes in a number of surgical procedures and have lower rates of patient mortality. But a new study published in Applied Health Economics and Health Policy calls that idea into question.

Medicaid managed care rule creates rating system

The federal government on Monday issued a long-awaited final rule for Medicaid managed care plans, which creates a quality-rating system, allows states to set standards for network adequacy and limits how much money insurers can put toward administrative costs.

Shared decision-making: ER tools help docs, patients choose treatment options

Patients often find it daunting to make the right healthcare choices while in the fast-paced emergency department, but new apps and other tools may help make those tough choices a bit easier.

Hospitals embed mental health professionals in the ICU

Pilot programs at several large academic medical centers suggest that integrating psychiatrists and other mental-health professionals into hospital units to work with patients before they're in crisis can lead to everything from shorter hospital stays and fewer readmissions to intensive care unit (ICU) patients being weaned off ventilators sooner, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Patients 50% more likely to die avoidable deaths in hospitals that score lowest in safety

Hospitals could save at least 33,000 lives each year if they followed the patient safety policies and procedures of the highest-scoring hospitals in The Leapfrog Group's Spring 2016 Hospital Safety Score update, a new study finds. 

Top health systems boast shorter ER wait times, lower costs

Top health systems in the country earned high marks in emergency room wait times, cost effectiveness and patient rating, according to Truven Health Analytics' list of top 15 health systems for 2016. 

Zika virus: CDC issues worker protection guidelines

Public health authorities have issued new guidelines to protect workers who treat patients exposed to the Zika virus.

Convenient care drives new healthcare partnerships

The rise of "convenient care" within the hospital sector is driving a wave of partnerships, including joint ventures, non-exclusive arrangements and telehealth alliances, according to a post at the NEJM Catalyst blog.

5 steps to improve behavioral health, eliminate gaps in care

A new guide from Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence provides hospitals with concrete steps for improving integrated, accessible behavioral health services by building community networks and partnerships that fill gaps in care.

US preparedness for public health emergencies edges upward

The U.S. is better prepared for public health emergencies than it was three years ago, according to an annual health preparedness assessment from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Best practices for care coordination [Special Report]

In this special report, FierceHealthcare examines best practices for care coordination to ensure patients receive the right care, in the right place and at the right time. 

Officials warn Wisconsin hospitals to be on alert for new bacterial outbreak

A new bacterial outbreak, dubbed Elizabethkingia anopheles, has emerged in southeastern Wisconsin and area hospitals must be extra vigilant, according to Hospitals & Health Networks

Hospital leaders: Words of caution for social media outreach

Guest post by Nancy P. Jean, senior social media strategist for Lifespan Inc. So you're tweeting, posting to Facebook, updating Pinterest boards and maybe putting pictures up on...

Critic questions accuracy of 'Top Hospitals' lists

Rankings of so-called "Top Hospitals" can produce wildly different results depending on the questions asked and the criteria used to determine each healthcare institution's rating, according to a commentary published at MedPageToday.

Patient safety: A call for more meaningful measures

Increased financial pressure provides hospitals with more incentives to improve patient safety, but policymakers must establish more meaningful measures to create lasting change, write two leading patient safety experts.