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Graduate degrees improve nurse earnings, advancement

Nursing students don't need advanced degrees to get good jobs. But a master's degree might help, according to U.S. News & World Report.

CMS announces 'Next Generation' accountable care organization model

In a new accountable care organization model that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services launched Tuesday, providers will take on more financial risk--and potentially earn greater financial rewards for doing so.

Hospitals find few easy fixes for patient satisfaction scores

Hospitals have launched many initiatives to boost patient satisfaction, but many organizations still find the goal elusive, Kaiser Health News reports.

Four US hospitals among world's most ethical companies

The Ethisphere Institute named four American hospitals to its 2015 World's Most Ethical Companies list.

Early follow-up reduces readmissions of high-risk patients

Prompt follow-up care for high-risk patients with multiple chronic conditions significantly reduces their risk of readmission, according to a new study published in the Annals of Family Medicine.

Nurses flock to higher education programs

Baccalaureate, master's and doctoral nursing programs experienced an "enrollment surge" last year, according to new data from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, a trend that the group says reflects a growing demand for better-educated nurses.

Keckley: Hospital report cards will evolve with healthcare consolidation

Despite recent questions about the reliability of major hospital ranking systems, the report cards remain relevant in the wake of healthcare industry changes, argues policy expert Paul Keckley.

 

Susquehanna Health improves outcomes with data analytics

Susquehanna Health in Central Pennsylvania has improved outcomes in numerous ways using data analytics, Lori Beucler, vice president and chief nursing officer at the health system, told Hospitals & Health Networks.

Nebraska latest state to expand nurse practitioners' role

Nebraska has become the latest state to expand the practice scope of nurse practitioners, a move hailed by a leading industry group and backed by other states' push to do the same.

VA fails to release 140 healthcare investigation reports

The Department of Veterans Affairs' inspector general has declined to publicly release the findings of 140 healthcare investigations dating back to 2006, USA Today reported. The investigations all concern medical care at VA hospitals or complaints of clinical misconduct.

Should hospitals have to tell patients about superbugs?

Amid the recent, deadly outbreak of Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) associated with the use of dudenoscopes, the Food and Drug Administration has been scrutinized for what some call inadequate regulation of the medical devices. But an even bigger regulatory gap may be the fact that hospitals aren't required to tell patients that they've been exposed to pathogens like CRE, Bloomberg reports.

Medical overuse slightly more likely for white patients

Race and ethnicity do not correlate with healthcare overuse, but a large percentage of overuse is concentrated among white patients, according to a new study published in Milbank Memorial Quarterly.

Start of King v. Burwell arguments boosts hospital stocks

While the Supreme Court's decision in King v. Burwell is still a long way off, the stock market's reaction to the start of oral arguments Wednesday indicates that many see hope for the survival of federal health insurance subsidies.

4 ways to tackle healthcare disparities

Research leaves little doubt that significant care quality disparities due to race, income, gender and even sexual orientation continue to trouble the U.S. healthcare system, but the greater challenge for providers is to pinpoint what to do about it, Permanente Medical Group CEO Robert Pearl, M.D., writes in a recent Forbes article.

How nurses can use the past to transform their future

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Those words, by philosopher George Santayana, can apply to many aspects of healthcare, but a new book shows just how much...

Healthcare CEO turnover drops from all-time high

Turnover among healthcare CEOs fell in 2014 but remains high, according to research from the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Whistleblower reprisals still plague VA

Without whistleblowers, the revelation that the Department of Veterans Affairs tried to cover up dangerous delays in care at its health facilities may not have ever come to light. But employees who expose wrongdoing still face reprisals in the VA system, even as it tries desperately to change, the Washington Post reports.

To improve patient-centered care, look to fast food industry

To address perception issues in the healthcare business, hospital leaders can take pointers from an unlikely source: the fast food industry, according to Becker's Hospital Review.

Hospital execs prepare for consequences of King v. Burwell ruling

In addition to the high stakes for patients and health insurance companies, the Supreme Court's decision in King v. Burwell regarding the legality of federal subsidies in the Affordable Care Act has major implications for healthcare providers. But hospital executives are hopeful that their institutions will avoid any dire consequences if the court doesn't uphold the subsidies, Reuters reported.

One-third of Americans live too far from stroke care centers

Even under optimal conditions, it would take one in three Americans more than an hour to obtain treatment at the nearest comprehensive stroke center, according to a recent study published in Neurology