Maryland hospital launches domestic violence program to reduce patient risk

Staff at Westminster, Maryland's Carroll Hospital will begin screening possible domestic violence victims to reduce their risk of being injured or killed by their partners, according to the Carroll County Times.

American College of Surgeons clinical database drives improvements in surgical quality

The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) provides more accurate data for driving improvements in surgical quality than two other sources of administrative data, according to two new studies.

As outpatient care gains steam, one Texas hospital adopts a short-stay model

To address an increased demand for outpatient services and a surplus of inpatient beds, one Texas hospital plans to create a short-stay center--and it's a move that other other hospitals across the country may want to consider.

Joint Commission announces care-integration certification

The Joint Commission has announced a new certification for integrated care, which assesses how well healthcare providers incorporate care transitions, hand-offs and information sharing during patients' transitions between hospital and outpatient care environments

Five-star hospitals double in quarterly Hospital Compare update

The number of hospitals earning perfect scores on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' five-star scale doubled in a new round of ratings.

Want better surgeons? Poll their coworkers

Hospitals can improve patient outcomes, teamwork and surgeons' compliance with care quality standards using a performance assessment common among Fortune 500 companies, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

Reducing hospital readmissions through telemedicine partnerships with skilled nursing facilities

Guest post by Raymond Hino, president and CEO of the Sonoma West Medical Center in California. Telemedicine systems, including remote presence technology, have evolved over the years from stationary...

Most 2012 Minnesota ED visits were unnecessary

More than 1 million emergency department visits in Minnesota during 2012 may have been preventable, according to a report from the state Department of Health.

Antibiotic-resistant superbugs: Deadlier than previously thought

A new study presents some troubling findings when it comes to the rise of antibiotic-resistant superbugs in hospitals across the country. The antibiotic-resistant bacteria, once thought to be less "fit" than other strains, in fact survive better and cause more deadly infections, according to the findings. 

Straight healthcare providers unconsciously biased against LGBT patients

Whether or not they realize it, heterosexual healthcare providers are biased against LGBT patients, a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health found, but how those biases affect care is unclear.


3 steps to optimize physician referrals

As healthcare organizations struggle to remain competitive, they often overlook one potential opportunity: courting physician referrals, Medical Marketing & Media reports. 

Florida hospital's response to sewage spill inadequate, threatened public safety

Venice Regional Bayfront Health's response to a large sewage spill in the post-surgical orthopedic wing of the facility was inadequate, according to a report from the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration. 

How providers, payers can prepare for consumer-centered healthcare

The healthcare industry is more consumer-centered than ever, and hospital and health system leaders must strategize accordingly, says a new report from the Healthcare Performance Management Institute.

When is the right time for hospital CEOs to announce their departures?

Hospital CEO turnover rate remains high as many executives seek new opportunities or decide to retire. But when is the right time for CEOs to announce their departure from an organization? It depends, according to experts interviewed by Becker's Hospital Review.

How community health workers can prevent the next Ebola

Developing a large cadre of highly trained community health workers in sub-Saharan Africa is key to stemming future outbreaks of deadly diseases like Ebola as well as achieving universal healthcare, according to a new report by international healthcare experts and African leaders.

Housing for homeless patients could cut inappropriate ER use, readmissions

Hospitals should prioritize housing for homeless patients to prevent inappropriate emergency care and unnecessary readmissions, according to a Health Affairs blog post.

Massachusetts nurses call for end to hospital violence

A union that represents Massachusetts nurses is pushing for the passage of a bill that would require healthcare providers to partner with unions to create a comprehensive workplace violence program, according to a report in the Boston Business Journal.

Pediatric quality survey tool captures inpatient care experience

Although hospitals often survey adult inpatients and family members about their hospital experience as a measure of care quality under the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems, it's been difficult to capture information about the experience at children's hospitals because until now there hasn't been a publicly available standardized measure to collect, evaluate and share information about children's hospital experience.

An 8-step strategy to improve hand-hygiene compliance

Although proper hand-hygiene is considered the most important measure to prevent the spread of infections, nearly 1 in 4 hospitals fail to fully comply with recommended guidelines. But a new guide by the Association for Professional in Infection Control and Epidemiology aims to change that and help hospitals boost compliance.  

The pros and cons of smartphones in the operating room

Although smartphones can be a major asset in the operating room for doctors and nurses to look up quick information, they can also distract clinicians, according to The Atlantic.