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Daily leadership huddles drive up event reporting, cut errors

Morning huddles can significantly improve hospital culture and help hospital leaders anticipate preventable errors, according to a Harvard Business Review blog post.

5 lessons from healthcare partnership success stories

One of the best ways to improve population health management is through collaboration between healthcare facilities and community leaders, and a new study examines a variety of successful partnerships to make recommendations for how organizations can work together to improve public health.

 

How hospitals can go green, save green with food waste disposal

Thanks to the Ebola outbreak, much attention had been paid to hospitals' handling of medical waste, but improving to deal with a slightly more appetizing subject—food waste—is crucial for providers looking to modernize and cut costs, notes a recent article from Triple Pundit.

VA whistleblowers honored

The Office of Special Counsel, the agency responsible for whistleblower protection, honored three Department of Veterans Affairs physicians for disclosing major issues within VA facilities, such as using secret wait lists to cover up excessive wait times, according to the Washington Post.

3 ways to improve patients' access to care

When it comes to creating the optimal patient experience, there is no magic wand healthcare providers can wave. But one major piece to the puzzle is improving patients' access to care, Daniel Palestrant, M.D., writes in an article in Hospitals & Health Networks Daily.

Healthcare marketing: Capitalize on power of mutual attraction

Guest post by Andrea J. Simon, Ph.D., a former marketing, branding and culture change senior vice president at Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Michigan. She also is president and CEO of Simon...

3 great medical error reduction talks

Medical errors are one of the foremost issues in modern healthcare; a report last year found they are the third-leading cause of death in the United States, far more than the estimates in the 1999 Institute of Medicine report, "To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System." But what can healthcare providers and individual healthcare workers do to reduce these errors and address the cultural issues that allow them to continue? FierceHealthcare found three great talks on YouTube that uncover some of the secrets to medical error reduction.

National Patient Safety Board necessary to prevent patient deaths

Improving the accessibility of medical records, increasing accountability for clinicians and creating a National Patient Safety Board are all necessary to steps to reduce preventable hospital deaths, John T. James, Ph.D., a patient safety advocate, told West Health in a recent interview.

Readmission risk higher for poorest seniors

Seniors from the nation's lowest-income neighborhoods are at higher risk for readmission to the hospital for pneumonia or heart disease, according to a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

7 emerging healthcare trends

PwC has released its list of the top issues within the healthcare industry for 2015.

5 smart moves for healthcare leaders

Work smarter, not harder: It's a common phrase, but sometimes difficult to put into practice. Becker's Hospital Review helps to unravel that mystery a bit by sharing some of the smartest moves healthcare leaders can take to thrive in today's ever-evolving industry

Healthcare worker exposed to Ebola arrives at Emory

Another American healthcare worker who may have been exposed to Ebola in West Africa has arrived at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta for treatment, according to Forbes.

Nonprofit seeks to eliminate preventable healthcare deaths

As the goal of reducing hospital-acquired conditions gains increasing traction, one nonprofit aims to wipe out preventable hospital deaths by the year 2020, U.S. News & World Report writes.

A new seat at the C-suite: Chief Data Officer

Make room for yet another seat at the healthcare executive table. In addition to carving out spots for new positions like the chief population health officer and chief incentive officer, some hospitals and healthcare systems hire chief data officers to oversee data collection.

 

3 ways hospitals can create an optimal patient experience

With more and more healthcare providers striving to provide the best possible experience of care for patients, a Gallup Business Journal article provides a roadmap for how to spearhead this effort.

Leapfrog Group names top 2014 hospitals

Ninety-four hospitals made The Leapfrog Group's annual Top Hospitals rankings, a list of providers with top scores in several categories, including safety, quality and resource use.

Ebola watch: 35 US hospitals designated to accept patients

Health officials have designated 35 U.S. hospitals to accept future Ebola patients.

CMS proposed rule delays ACO financial penalties another three years

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Monday proposed several changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program that would give accountable care organizations (ACOs) that participate in the program an extra three years before they could face penalties for poor performance and offers a new model to entice providers to form ACOs.

How to deal with Ebola waste

The Nebraska Biocontainment Unit, located at the Nebraska Medical Center, offers best practices for removing Ebola waste in commentary published in the December issue of the American Journal of Infection Control

Drop in HACs saves thousands of lives, $12B in costs

Efforts to prevent hospital-acquired conditions have paid off in a big way, with a new government report estimating that the steps hospitals took to reduce the adverse events resulted in 50,000 fewer patient deaths between 2011 and 2013.