Help hospital employees alleviate holiday stress

No one wants to be in the hospital over the holidays--and that generally includes healthcare providers as well as patients. It's a stressful time of year to be a healthcare provider, so hospitals need to ensure nurses and others who have to work over the holidays feel supported and treated fairly.

How to make Hospital at Home programs work

The Hospital at Home concept, in which patients who would be admitted from the emergency department are instead visited by doctors, nurses and therapists at their home, is less expensive than traditional inpatient treatment and achieves better outcomes.

Thirty-two hospitals settle Medicare false claims allegations over spinal treatments

Thirty-two hospitals in 15 states will pay nearly $30 million to the federal government to settle accusations of false claims to Medicare over kyphoplasty procedures, according to the Justice Department.

Bedside point-of-care tests speed up care, improve outcomes

To improve healthcare delivery and cut down on outcomes disparities, hospitals should increase their use of bedside point-of-care testing, according to Executive Insight.

Scope-related superbugs: Olympus case timeline increases suspicions

An investigator hired by Olympus Corp.--which controls 85 percent of the U.S. market for gastrointestinal scopes--warned the device maker in 2012 about a design flaw in the equipment that trapped bacteria and could spread from patient to patient, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Berwick advocates for new era of accountability

It's time to enter a new era  of healthcare that returns to the purpose embraced by old-school practitioners and combines it with the accountability of today's healthcare demands, the former head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said.

Colorado hospital reinvents its ER, slashes wait times and costs

A bigger emergency department won't be better unless delivery of care transforms along with the facility expansion, according to the the head of the University of Colorado Hospital emergency department.


Healthcare shakeups spark 'talent war' for children's hospital leaders

In an exclusive interview with FierceHealthcare, a leading executive search firm's chief quality officer talks about the need for children's hospitals to find leaders with non-healthcare experience who have successfully handled major transitions within their industries.




4 must-haves for aspiring nurse leaders

Amid a time of rapid change for the healthcare industry, the face of healthcare leadership is changing as well, with more nurses and doctors in the C-suite. Nurse leaders in particular are ideally positioned to improve patient outcomes, but to make to the top, nurses must use several key strategies and skills.

State-wide quality initiative in Florida leads to drop in patient harms, readmissions

A state-wide quality initiative helped Florida hospitals dramatically improve care and cut costs, according to a report by the Florida Hospital Association.

Inspire employees to think big by allowing them to fail

As healthcare providers and hospitals attempt to radically rethink their approach to care to include greater collaboration and cooperation between all stakeholders and to improve patient outcomes, some of their new ideas are likely to come from hospital innovation centers. 

Most states lag on infectious outbreak readiness

Most U.S. states don't make the grade on preparedness for an infectious disease outbreak, according to a new report from Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Healthcare success requires new type of team-building

Healthcare providers to rethink the way they build and organize teams in order to foster collaboration and multidisciplinary approaches to complex problems.

Men with mustaches more likely than women to head medical school departments

A larger percentage of academic medical center department leaders are men with mustaches than women in general, according to a new study, which is deliberately facetious but makes a serious point about gender disparities within healthcare.

Automated medication system reduces errors

An automated hospital system that tracked medication administration reduced medication errors by more than half, according to a study published in the European Journal of Hospital Pharmacy.

4 more ways to reduce readmissions

In this Fierce special feature, we present four lesser-known--but proven--ways your hospital can cut readmissions.

Ebola preparedness improves, but capacity remains an issue

A year after a deadly Ebola outbreak gripped the United States in fear and tested hospitals' capacity to treat highly infectious disease, a new study reports that nationwide capacity to contain and treat Ebola remains 

Preventive care lessons from Cuba's healthcare model

The U.S. could learn a great deal about healthcare culture from the recently opened island nation of Cuba. In spite of a lack of modern medical equipment and financial resources, Cuba's healthcare system is a model for other nations in the region. 

How hospitals can overcome barriers to create healthier neighborhoods

Hospitals can make their neighborhoods and communities healthier by addressing nonmedical factors that contribute to population health, according to a report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.