Congressional panel questions outcomes of patient-centered medical homes

In the wake of a recent study that found patient-centered medical homes don't significantly improve quality or save money, a congressional agency is now questioning the model and its payment mechanisms.

New guide helps assess hospital scorecards

A set of 25 guiding principles from the Association of American Medical Colleges can help organizations assess hospital rankings and scorecards.

3 ways to manage patient pain

A recent study shows pain control is tied to patient satisfaction, and one way hospitals can help patients manage pain and boost their organizations' satisfaction scores is to follow the lead of an outcomes-driven, interdisciplinary approach developed by the VA to treat pain.

NPs, PAs offer more advice on managing chronic conditions than physicians

Physician assistants and nurse practitioners are more likely than physicians to advise patients who have chronic illnesses on how to live healthier lives, according to a new study published in Preventing Chronic Disease.

Procrastination can help hospital leaders make better choices

Doing nothing for a moment before making a final decision actually helps people come to better conclusions, according to research published in the journal PLoS One

Hospitals lack universal plan for drug-resistant bacteria

Hospitals' lack of standardized infection control practices for multidrug-resistant gram-negative bacteria (MDR-GNB) may contribute to an increase in multidrug-resistant bacteria, according to a study from the the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America Research Network published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.

Scheduled emergencies: Is lucrative practice emblematic of a bigger problem?

Bloomberg News report describes what it calls a "heart surgery factory" at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City. But the practice of scheduling emergency procedures in order to maximize reimbursement is widespread, according to Forbes.

Pain control tied to patient satisfaction

Postsurgical pain evaluations correlate with overall patient satisfaction scores during hospital stays, according to a new study presented at the American Academy of Pain Medicine's 30th Annual Meeting.

National value-based purchasing program needed to drive improvement

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) should create a standardized national strategy for value-based purchasing, similar to the existing National Quality Strategy, argues a new study conducted by the RAND Corporation for HHS.

NJ hospitals spent $4.5M to lobby against ACA funding cuts, revenue tax

New Jersey hospitals spent more than any other industry in the state to lobby against funding cuts in 2013, according to a report released this week.

CEO gets patients' view of complicated healthcare system

Guest post by Lynn McVey, CEO and president of Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center, an acute care, 230-bed hospital in New Jersey For this month's blog post, I planned to continue my theme of...

Hospitals can predict high-risk surgical patients, reduce readmissions

Hospital physicians can predict which patients will experience post-surgical complications and, in turn, reduce unplanned readmissions, using the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program predicted risk of major complications, a new study published in JAMA Surgery shows.

Video interviews create dialogue to improve patient experience

A new research project uses video interviews of patients talking about healthcare experience to trigger discussion among doctors, nurses, patients and their families in a new effort in the U.K. to collaborate and come up with ways to improve care, according to an announcement from the University of Oxford.

Alzheimer's disease kills more than believed

The number of Alzheimer's disease (AD) dementia-related deaths is greater than five times the number reported in the United States every year, according to research published in the journal Neurology.

St. Luke's fights antitrust ruling that would dissolve physician practice acquisition

St. Luke's hospital and Idaho's largest independent physicians' practice filed a motion this week to suspend a federal judge's order to dissolve its partnership while it appealed a ruling that their joint venture violated federal antitrust laws.

Physicians in Congress can shape healthcare policy

As healthcare becomes even more important in American politics, the number of doctors in Congress is on the rise, which could play a huge role in shaping the country's healthcare future, according to a Health Affairs blog post.

NJ developers repurpose closed hospitals as "medical malls"

Closed hospitals in New Jersey are no longer abandoned buildings thanks to developers who purchase and reopen them as private medical facilities that provide similar services,  the New York Times reports.

Slowed healthcare spending could save Medicare $900B

Medicare could save an additional $900 billion over the next decade thanks to slowed healthcare spending growth, according to a new report by health care economics consulting firm DobsonDaVanzo commissioned by the Federation of American Hospitals.

CDC: Hospitals must evaluate, improve community benefit programs

Community benefit programs can help hospitals meet federal requirements to maintain their non-profit status and improve population health, according to a review abstract published in a special issue of the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved that focused on the Affordable Care Act.

Why Obama's physician shortage fix may not be enough

President Barack Obama's budget proposal does not go far enough to address the physician shortage. And without solving the shortage, meaningful healthcare reform is impossible, argues an opinion piece in Fortune.