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5 steps to quiet damaging hospital noise

Hospital noise interrupts patients' sleep patterns, influences their blood pressure and puts added stress on hospital staff--all reasons for organizations to find ways to reduce the constant commotion. Here are five ways to silence the noise.

CEO compensation: Time to reign in skyrocketing salaries, incentives

The skyrocketing compensation packages for healthcare CEOs garnered a lot of media attention in the last few weeks. A recent New York Times analysis found that salaries of hospital executives...

5 A's of successful physician employment, alignment

Health systems must make the most of employed physicians, and get the most value and quality for their money. Physician alignment and cohesion into a health system are key to successful and profitable integration. Hospitals & Health Networks shared the five A's of differentiating physicians to give hospitals a competitive advantage.

Value-based contracts will hurt profits, execs say

Healthcare providers expect the industry shift to value-based contracts will negatively impact their organizations' bottom lines, according to a new survey by KPMG, LLP.

Union: Johns Hopkins pays workers below average for top U.S. hospitals

Wages for Johns Hopkins Hospital employees, while comparable to other Baltimore hospitals, are far below those of other top hospitals nationwide, according to the Baltimore Business Journal.

Hospitals seek payer partnerships, risk-based contracts

More hospitals participate in accountable care organizations and group purchasing organizations in hopes of improving cost efficiencies, according to a new report from ITG Market Research. In addition, many now seek partnerships with federal and private payers for risk-based models like shared savings and bundled payments. 

Pharmacists help reduce readmissions among high-risk patients

Readmissions could drop as much as 20 percent if community pharmacists work with high-risk patients after discharge on counseling and medication management, according to a recent study announcement.

Care coordination, targeting chronic conditions key to reducing ED super-users

As hospitals across the country work to reduce costs from emergency department "frequent flyers," some Florida hospitals tackle the problem by coordinating care and targeting patients with chronic conditions, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.

High CEO pay based on performance, not greed, say defenders

Despite the mounting backlash against increasing healthcare CEO pay, attributing it merely to greed is an oversimplification, according to Becker's Hospital Review.

Cleveland Clinic's Cosgrove, other health experts aid in VA search for new leader

The government wants input from a panel of nine healthcare industry experts and leaders to help select a new for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary--and one of the panelists is Cleveland Clinic President and CEO Delos "Toby" Cosgrove, M.D., who recently turned down the job, Reuters reported.

3 ways to improve CEO recruitment

The recruitment process for healthcare CEOs and executives needs a "fundamental shift," argues an opinion piece in Becker's Hospital Review.

Massachusetts nurses union rallies support for staffing ratio, transparency ballot vote

The Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) acquired enough signatures to put two hospital initiatives up for a ballot vote in November, according to the Boston Business Journal.

CFOs, technology play big role in patient engagement

As the healthcare industry shifts toward value-based metrics, patient engagement is a hot-button issue. Two recent articles examine the monetary side and technology aspect of patient engagement, and the important role they play in working with healthcare consumers to improve quality of care.

Hospital pulls from exec bonuses to give employee raises

In an effort to boost employee morale and provide a living wage, one Texas hospital is using money once designated for executive bonuses to give it's frontline employees a raise, according to Think Progress.

Legislators urge CMS to lessen readmission penalties on hospitals that serve poor and elderly

A bipartisan group of U.S. Representatives wants the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to work with Congress to keep Medicare's Hospital Readmission Reduction Program from hurting hospitals that primarily serve elderly, low-income patients and "dual eligibles." 

New report sheds light on link between hospitals, women's healthcare

Hospital administrators that want to strengthen their organizations' relationships with female patients should emphasize care quality and outcomes, which women tend to prioritize over cost, according to a new report from Healthgrades.

Joint Commission issues alert on vial misuse, infection prevention

The Joint Commission issued a sentinel event alert to prevent infection from misuse of vials in hospitals. 

St. Luke's appeals judge's ruling to unwind physician acquisition

St. Luke's Health System in Idaho  filed an appeal last week to reverse U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill's decision to unwind the physician acquisition of Saltzer Medical Group, according to court documents filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

3 provider cost-cutting strategies

To help offset the healthcare cost crisis in a post-Affordable Care Act world, there are three ways providers can slash prices, according to Meredith Rosenthal, Ph.D., associate professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, a presenter at last week's AHIP Institute in Seattle

Patient load, lack of funding among the factors that led to VA scandal

Bonuses tied to wait times for care treatment weren't the only factors leading to the scandal that rocked the Veterans Administration--government decisions made years ago and a surge of patients helped drive the current mess, according to a USA Today report.