4 pillars for physician engagement

As shifts in healthcare bring a more intent focus on team-based care and coordination, hospitals can boost physician engagement using a framework inspired by the "father of modern sociology," Max Weber, according to an article in Harvard Business Review.

Less-educated workers enter healthcare

The recent surge in healthcare jobs favors positions requiring less education, providing a potential pathway for lower-paid workers, according to a new report from the Brookings Institution.

5 actions that make CEOs' blood boil

There are a few things almost all CEOs really, really hate, according to Forbes contributor Stephen J. Meyer, CEO of the Rapid Learning InstituteTo prove it, he conducted a survey of executives and share the results in his latest opinion piece, hoping to enlighten colleagues and employees about behaviors that drive their leaders crazy.

California nurses' union braces for contract battle with Kaiser Permanente

A California nurses' union will begin bargaining negotiations next week with Kaiser Permanente, the eighth largest health system in the country, on a new four-year contract for nurses at its Northern California hospitals, Kaiser Health News reports.

Standard handoff practices help children's hospitals cut errors

Hospitals can cut handoff-related errors nearly 70 percent by standardizing care transfers during shift changes, according to a study published ahead of print in the journal Pediatrics.

New ACOs organized despite federal scrutiny

Two Arizona health systems are joining together to launch an accountable care organization (ACO) that will provide coordinated care to about 50,000 members, the organizations announced this week, in hopes of improving outcomes, patient satisfaction and cost savings.

Medicare pilot programs waive three-day admission rule for senior patients

Medicare officials piloting experimental programs across dozens of U.S. hospitals want to know if dropping the requirement that limits nursing home coverage to seniors admitted to the hospital for at least three days can reduce costs and improve care, Kaiser Health News reported.

Minnesota physician shortage to emerge in next decade

A physician shortage will emerge in Minnesota in the next decade, according to a study conducted for the Minnesota Hospital Association.

Procter & Gamble's McDonald vows to reaffirm VA values

Former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald, President Barack Obama's nominee to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, pledged to use his experience in business leadership to improve the embattled system at a hearing before the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs Tuesday.

Inpatient volumes positive for first time in years

Hospital inpatient volumes trended positive for the first time in several years--albeit by only a slight margin--according to a new survey from Jefferies. The investment bank and securities firm also released data about hospital performance and payer mix. 

Johns Hopkins pays $190M to patients secretly recorded during pelvic exams

A gynecologist who secretly recorded thousands of women during pelvic exams using tiny hidden cameras in pens and key fobs cost Johns Hopkins Hospital $190 million in settlement claims--one of the largest on record involving sexual misconduct by a physician, the Baltimore Sun reported.


Potential pitfalls to avoid during mergers

Hospital executives considering a potential merger and acquisition must be aware of potential pitfalls that frequently occur before organizations finalize a deal. 

Redesigned break rooms boost staff efficiency, retention

Looking to optimize staff productivity and retention? A spruced up staff lounge may be the answer, according to Healthcare Design Magazine.

Government watchdog notes nearly 800 VA whistleblower retaliation complaints

Whistleblowers who complained about delays in care, errors and poor-quality care were placed on leaved, removed from clinical work, among other things, according to a report from the Project on Government Oversight watchdog group, based on complaints filed by nearly 800 current and former Veterans Affairs (VA) employees and veterans.

4 considerations before asking aging surgeons to give up the scalpel

Are your aging surgeons' skill levels still up to par? Medscape examines factors to consider before making a determination. 


Medical marijuana: To sell or not to sell?

Although 23 states and the District of Columbia now allow the sale of medical marijuana, not one hospital offers the drug to patients. Despite the known benefits of marijuana in easing patient pain--and the potential revenue that sales could generate for hospitals--healthcare organizations that set up a dispensary run the risk of violating federal law and jeopardizing Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement.


Tennessee hospital drastically dropped infection rates through hand-hygiene initiative

When a doctor noticed the physicians and staff tending to his wife after a double knee replacement weren't washing their hands before interacting with her, he worked to do something about it, Yahoo News reported.

CMS announces new QIO contracts

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services awarded new contracts to 14 organizations as part of an overhaul of the Quality Improvement Organization Friday.

Americans don't trust healthcare sources, find quality-related information hard to find

Americans don't know how to determine which doctor will provide high-quality care, often choosing a doctor based on insurance and if the doctor is friendly, according to a poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

Leapfrog releases 2013 annual survey results, gets record hospital participation

The Leapfrog Group released results from its 2013 annual survey today, examining key hospital safety and quality elements at a record 37 percent of hospitals across the country.