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.

Patients remain in danger from preventable errors

Patients today are no safer from harm caused by preventable errors than they were 15 years ago, a leading healthcare expert testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging Thursday.

Busiest emergency departments have lowest mortality rates

Patients are less likely to die in a hospital if they are admitted through a high-volume emergency department, according to a new study published in Annals of Emergency Medicine.

Patients turn to retail clinics for chronic care, preventive services

A new study sponsored by Walgreens finds a marked increase in the number of patients who make return visits to retail clinics.

3 steps to create hospital culture of innovation

Guest post by Andrea J. Simon, a former marketing, branding and culture change senior vice president at Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Michigan. A corporate anthropologist, she also is president...

Good physical work environment leads to more effective nurses

Physical work environments indirectly affect registered nurses, and their ability to complete tasks, communicate and do their jobs efficiently, according to a new study published in Research in Nursing & HealthThe Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's RN Work Project found being able to do the aforementioned tasks leads to higher job satisfaction.

Hospital boot camp teaches docs, nurses teamwork skills

Although historically the communication between doctors, nurses and other hospital staff is less than perfect, one New York state hospital is teaching collaboration right from the start with a program that brings first-year internal medicine and pharmacy residents, nurse practitioner students and respiratory therapists together.

Acting VA Secretary: System fix will cost $17B

It will cost the country $17.6 billion over the next three years to hire enough doctors, nurses and nurse practitioners and build outpatient clinics to fix the widespread problems that led to the Veterans Affairs secret waitlist scandal, Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan D. Gibson told the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs' Committee on Wednesday.

Physician practice acquisitions: 4 hospital considerations

How should hospitals go about deciding whether to acquire a practice? How do they know which practices will be a good fit? And what are the risks versus the potential rewards?

New guidance offers recommendations for hand-hygiene best practices

New expert guidance offers suggestions for hand hygiene in healthcare facilities, according to a new study published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology

Number of registered nurses grows as professionals delay retirement

Despite debate about the validity of a nursing shortage, the number of registered nurses across the country continues to rise, reaching 2.7 million in 2012 and growing even more since then, according to a study published in Health Affairs.

6 steps to better physician-administrator cooperation

In today's healthcare environment, good physician-administrator cooperation is essential to the future of the industry, according to Becker's Hospital Review.

Emergency room docs struggle with two-midnight rule, observation status

As hospitals across the nation face the complications involved with the two-midnight rule, emergency physicians may experience the most conflicts as they strive to balance patient needs with the federal government requirements for short inpatient stays.

Hospital reduces damaging noise with direct communication technologies

One hospital instituted a new way to tackle old noise problems that pose safety risks to patients by using technology to enable more direct communication between caregivers--eliminating many noise sources, according to a Hospitals & Health Networks article.

VA benefits offices changed dates, destroyed documents to meet productivity goal

Veterans Affairs healthcare facilities weren't the only ones trying to dupe the system. The Veterans Benefits Administration changed dates on claims to make them appear new, manipulated data and destroyed thousands of claims documents to meet production goals, according to testimony at a House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing Monday night.

Nurse-led chronic-condition care could offset primary care shortage

Giving nurses a larger role in care for chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes could help offset the primary care physician shortage, according to a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

ACA hasn't boosted number of new patients at doctor offices

Even though the number of sign-ups during the open enrollment for healthcare exchanges increased throughout the first half of 2014, the number of patients going into doctors' offices hasn't, according to a report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and athenahealth. 

Pioneer ACO drives innovation with worldwide competitions, prizes

Earlier this month futurist Ian Morrison, Ph.D., called for drastic innovation to improve healthcare delivery; a move, he said, that could only take place if hospitals and health systems create an environment that encourages new ideas. But for those organizations that are unsure of how to establish this nurturing environment, consider the long-time work of Heritage Provider Network, one of the country's largest Pioneer accountable care organizations