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Medical errors don't necessarily mean lawsuits: Patients want apologies, explanations

As healthcare turns toward a more patient-centered, value-based model, providers' approach to medical errors--the third leading cause of death in the U.S.--is also changing. Increasingly, the culture of secrecy that led to providers taking a "deny and defend" approach to medical errors is giving way to an "acknowledge and apologize" culture in which the mistake is fully explained to the patient and apologized for, according to a CNN report.

3 ways Magnet nurses deliver quality care

Research shows that both "Magnet" designations for hospitals and increased rates of nurse satisfaction result in better patient outcomes, and at a hospital recognized for some of the nation's best nursing care, nurses say the improved care comes down to several factors.

Obama administration announces new proposals to stem opioid epidemic

As part of the federal government's response to the ongoing opioid addiction epidemic, the Obama administration has announced a proposal that would allow physicians to issue more prescriptions for buprenorphine, according to a story in STAT.

Wisconsin Hospital care team help clothe homeless patients

A care management team at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin is making sure all patients have everything they need once they are discharged to a rehabilitation facility or back home. And for some patients, that includes the proper clothing, according to an article an Hospital & Health Networks.

Hospitals respond to influx of children, adults with complex needs

More healthcare providers are creating special clinics to coordinate care for a patient population that increasingly includes children with complex medical conditions, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Pain from all sides: Hospitals balance pain management with fears of opioid addiction

Hospitals, under pressure to stem an epidemic of opiate addiction, also face mounting criticism that they don't do enough to manage patient pain. Indeed, 8 in 10 patients say that hospital staff haven't received adequate training in pain management, according to an online survey of 1,250 acute and chronic pain patients by Pain News Network and the International Pain Foundation.

Olympus hiked device prices amid superbug outbreaks

Amid an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant superbugs linked to their medical scopes, medical device manufacturer Olympus Corp. hiked prices more than 25 percent, according to Kaiser Health News.

Medical errors: Hospitals often drop the ball with dementia patients

Too many "near misses" involving dementia patients occur in hospital settings, and the number is likely underreported, according to a new report from the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority.

Community health worker programs can improve outpatient care delivery

Experts have long held that improvements to community health worker programs could significantly enhance care delivery, and now new research from Penn State's Perelman School of Medicine has modified the model for outpatient settings.

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Innovation, collaboration key to fighting racial disparities for LGBT patients

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients of color face significant health outcome disparities compared to their white counterparts. A team at the University of Chicago has dedicated itself to easing these inequities and finding ways to establish trust between these patients and their healthcare providers, enabling them to work together to ensure the patients' health and improve their long-term outcomes, according to the university's Science Life magazine.

Quarter of Michigan nurses blame staffing issues for patient deaths

Nearly 1 in 4 Michigan nurses said they're aware of patients dying due to low staffing levels, but the poll found divisions among respondents on whether their managers were addressing these issues, according to the Lansing State Journal.

Geisinger's integrated approach slashes ER use for heart failure

Fully-integrated care is the wave of the future in healthcare, and one health system has used it to cut emergency room visits and improve medication management for heart failure patients, according to a blog post at NEJM Catalyst.

Look to the skies for lessons on how to create a culture of hospital safety

Medical errors remain a major problem within the healthcare industry, ranking as the third-leading cause of death in the United States. To move the needle in a meaningful way, providers must adopt the aviation industry's mindset on mistakes, according to a MedPageToday column.

ER workers must learn to spot elder abuse

Emergency department personnel have a crucial role to play in spotting signs of elder abuse, according to two papers published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

Brussels attack: US hospitals step up disaster prep but leaders worry it's not enough

In the wake of yesterday's terrorist attack in Belgium, U.S. hospitals are working to ensure they're prepared for a similar mass-casualty event in America, but are concerned budget cuts and lack of precautions may leave them short-handed in a worst-case scenario.

Cost control behind upcoming layoff at Scripps Health

Despite a long-time no-layoff policy, Scripps Health, a nonprofit healthcare system based in San Diego, California, is about to let go of 69 employees from its human resources and marketing departments

Cleveland Clinic's Toby Cosgrove on critical skills and traits for healthcare leaders

Hospital executives must have certain skills to successfully lead healthcare organizations today, writes Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove in a post for LinkedIn.

Find improvement at the junction of patient experience and clinical performance

Hospitals can improve their performance in a consumer-driven environment by adopting core tenets based on the intersections of patient experience and clinical performance, according to a new market report by Press Ganey Holdings.

FDA proposes ban on powdered gloves

The Food and Drug Administration announced a proposed ban on powdered medical gloves, arguing they pose a threat to patient and provider safety.