Emergency room-ICU collaboration key to better sepsis outcomes

Lowering the threshold for admitting sepsis patients to the ICU from the emergency department lowers mortality, lengths of ICU stays and transfers from intermediate care to intensive care, according to new research.

U.S. News reveals methodology behind hospital rankings

Editors and analysts revealed the methodology behind the U.S. News & World Report healthcare quality ratings at the 2015 U.S. News Hospital of Tomorrow Conference

Pharmacy intervention after discharge cuts readmissions

Pharmacists could cut preventable hospital readmissions by keeping in touch with discharged patients to ensure medication adherence, according to research presented at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy 2015 Global Conference, Medscape reports.

How the healthcare industry can foster innovation

To foster innovation within healthcare, the industry needs the mechanisms in place that promoted major advances in other industries.

Healthgrades: 1 in 6 patients receive care at 1-star hospitals

One out of every six patients in the United States received care at a 1-star hospital and faced a greater chance of complications and death, according to new research released by Healthgrades, an online resource that publishes comprehensive information about hospitals and physicians.


Hospitals must shift cancer strategy to encourage patients to thrive, not survive

The healthcare community needs to rethink cancer treatments to make them more personal, with outcomes tailored to each patient's needs, and do a better job of coordinating care and helping patients navigate that journey, according to a new paper from PwC. In other words, hospitals must shift their focus from cancer survival, which not everyone will achieve, to help patients thrive throughout the "cancer experience.

Ethics in healthcare: Why nurses need 'moral courage' to protect patients

Ineffective leaders often fail to promote moral courage or to address the ethical dilemmas nurses routinely face, such as when they witness or experience bullying in the workplace, failure to obtain informed consent or inattention that may endanger patients, according to an article published by

Retail pharmacies key to value-based care, CVS Health exec contends

Partnering with community retail pharmacies can help healthcare systems succeed in delivering value-based care, a senior executive for CVS Health argues in the Harvard Business Review.

New Joint Commission online tool gauges organizations' progress on high-reliability harm reduction

The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare has launched a new online assessment and resource library to help hospital executives track their organization's progress on reliability and preventable harm reduction.

Hospitals aim to cut admissions for fainting spells

Fainting sends up to four million people to the emergency room per year, a major concern within the healthcare industry, especially as the population ages. Hospitals and other stakeholders are working to identify fainting causes and cases serious enough to require hospitalization, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Partnerships bring urban specialties to suburban hospitals

The financial realities of post-reform healthcare are pushing top-of-the-line medical services once available only in major, big city hospitals into suburbs and smaller communities.

How millennial parents will reshape healthcare marketing

Amid an increasingly consumer-centered healthcare industry and the emerging influence of millennials on the market, healthcare providers are overhauling their pediatric marketing strategies for millennial parents, according to new research from the marketing firm Marcus Thomas LLC.

As inbound medical tourism picks up, concerns about overseas care remain

Medical tourism is increasingly becoming a two-way street. Americans aren't just seeking lower-cost health services abroad, but patients from all over the world are also more willing to travel overseas for top-notch, full-price U.S. healthcare. But opportunities and concerns surrounding the trend are attracting attention from industry leaders, investors and politicians.

Seniors value convenient hospital parking

Ease of hospital parking is a major factor in patient satisfaction among people older than 65, according to a new survey from ParkingBoxx.

Value-based care requires trading competition for collaboration

Guest post by Barry Ronan, president and CEO of Western Maryland Health System in Cumberland, Maryland Last week, I read the results of a survey on value-based care delivery that got my attention....

3 key considerations for ACO model agreements

Patient experience and access, financial structures and quality of care are must-have elements for all accountable care organization contracts, according to a new memo issued by the Health Care Transformation Task Force, an industry consortium made up of patients, payers, providers and purchasers.

Superbugs cause half of post-surgery infections

Drug-resistant superbugs cause as many as half of post-surgical infections and a quarter of post-chemotherapy infections, according to a new study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.

Hospitals: Ensure physicians know what employment really means

Hospital employment isn't for everyone, a reality that leaders from the LifePoint Health hospital chain strive to make clear to physicians before they join the organization.

How lean manufacturing improved ER wait times, satisfaction at a California hospital

Lean manufacturing principles are responsible for a significant drop in emergency department wait times and a big boost in patient satisfaction at Stanford Hospital and Clinics in California, according to an article in Scope. Best of all, the approach didn't expand the ED's current resources.

Evidence-based care, culture change reduced sepsis, complications at NJ hospital

New Jersey's Kennedy Health System undertook a multilevel, multidepartmental plan to fight sepsis in its emergency department and intensive care unit and successfully reduced cases of sepsis and its resultant complications, including patient mortality, according to an AHA News article.