California health department fines 12 hospitals $775K for patient deaths, injuries

The California Department of Public Health fined 12 Golden State hospitals nearly $800,000 for causing or risking death and serious injuries to patients, San Jose Mercury News reports.

To prevent burnout, hospitals must care for caregivers

Hospital staff spend long hours staying professional amid death, suffering, grief and anger from patients and their families, and those clinicians need support as well. To take care of their staff and prevent burnout, hospital leaders increasingly look for ways to treat stress and prevent the job from overwhelming clinicians, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

Nurse scope of practice expansion may help ease rural healthcare woes

As more states move to expand nurses' scope of practice, these measures may be especially vital in rural America, where healthcare access gaps are often the most glaring, according to  the New York Times.

Hospitals as insurers: Competition, costs, and considerations [Special Report]

In this special report, FierceHealthcare takes an in-depth look at hospital systems that have become insurers and what organizations must consider before taking on this challenging business line.

Healthcare must embrace transparency, not 'translucency'

Outcomes transparency is a hot topic among healthcare leaders, but many leaders see it as a marketing tool, which misses the point, according to a blog post from the Harvard Business Review.

Green hospitals increasingly vital for population health, cost control

Environmentally friendly hospital redesigns, once considered just a bonus, are increasingly necessary within the healthcare industry, according to Becker's Hospital Review.

Why healthcare must fight against doc, nurse burnout

Healthcare leaders have a responsibility to lessen clinician burnout not only for the benefit of their employees, but also to improve the quality of patient care, according to a post from Hospitals & Health Networks Daily.

Publisher's Note: Memorial Day

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Timely patient satisfaction surveys: No longer an option

Guest post by Tom Scaletta, M.D., emergency department medical director at Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare, a health system that comprises three hospitals and serves 1.7 million residents in the west and...

What the healthcare worker of the future will look like

In an exclusive interview with FierceHealthcare, Jordan Asher, M.D., chief medical officer and chief integration officer at MissionPoint in Nashville, Tennessee, talks about the changing role of clinicians under value-based care and the need to retrain them to address psychosocial factors as part of population health management. 

5 ways nurses can improve their patient education skills

There's no question that nurses play a major role in health outcomes, which makes it all the more critical that they improve their ability to engage and educate patients. Here are five suggestions from American Sentinel University that nurses can use to boost patient education.

Senate hears providers' concerns about observation status crisis

In a hearing this week, a hospital sector representative told the U.S. Senate's Special Committee on Aging that the observation status problem has left healthcare providers in the "untenable position" of trying to meet patient needs while complying with Medicare payment policies.

'Yelp for hospitals': New site offers healthcare ratings

A new site that aims to become the hospital equivalent of Yelp premiered this week, TIME reports.

Sepsis rivals pneumonia, heart failure for readmissions

Severe sepsis causes hospital readmissions at a rate comparable to more commonly addressed conditions such as pneumonia and heart failure, according to a study presented at the 2015 American Thoracic Society International Conference.

Hospital infection control in the era of superbug outbreaks [Special Report]

Long before superbug outbreaks tied to a specialized medical scope sickened and killed patients across the country, infection control has been a major priority for hospitals. But while the problems posed by such outbreaks are clear, finding solutions to them--particularly in a seldom-static healthcare industry--is anything but. To help chart a way forward, this special report from FierceHealthcare examines advice from experts and hospital leaders who have learned valuable lessons from the front lines of hospital infection control.

Nurse self-care: Solution to peer bullying?

Nurses who are empowered to care for themselves will not only provide better care to patients but also could help combat the widespread problem of bullying that is rampant in the nursing culture, Susan Groenwald, Ph.D., R.N., president of the Chamberlain College of Nursing, tells FierceHealthcare in an exclusive interview. 

New ratings evaluate hospitals' delivery of 'common care'

Amid an already crowded--and sometimes controversial--field of hospital rankings, U.S. News & World Report has added a new form of evaluation that rates hospitals based on how well they handle five common medical conditions and procedures.

Nurse who contracted Ebola claims documents were withheld

Documents that Texas Health Resources withheld from Nina Pham, the nurse suing the company after she contracted Ebola while treating a patient last year, could hurt its defense, according to state District Judge Martin Hoffman.

Patients less satisfied at large, urban hospitals

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' patient satisfaction rating system puts large urban hospitals at a distinct disadvantage compared to their smaller urban/suburban counterparts, according to research published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

Preventable hospitalizations down among American seniors

A new report on the state of seniors' health indicates that preventable hospitalizations have dropped among this population, a positive sign for a healthcare industry that has made reducing this metric among its top priorities.