Focus on preventing nurse injuries starting to pay off for early adopters

Amid efforts to protect nurses from workplace injuries, some hospitals report encouraging progress, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Retail health clinics part of the population health management puzzle, says RediClinic exec

When it comes to population health management, retail health clinics have an important role that includes not only immunizing patients against the flu virus but coaching chronically ill patients in disease management programs, Peter Goldbach, M.D., chief medical officer of RediClinic, said in an interview with HealthITAnalytics.

Can policy management software improve compliance?

A policy management system can help hospitals stay on top of myriad regulatory requirements and improve compliance in several ways, a recent commentary in Becker's Hospital Review contends.


American Nurses Association calls for 'zero tolerance' on hospital violence

A new American Nurses Association zero-tolerance policy for violence or abusive behavior says hospital executives must create a non-punitive environment so nurses don't fear penalties or retaliation for reporting abuse or violence.

Seattle Children's Hospital incorrectly sterilized equipment; 12,000 families notified

Seattle Children's Hospital is notifying 12,000 families after learning that some surgical equipment at the Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center was incorrectly sterilized, CBS News reports.

Improved hand hygiene means stricter monitoring, concrete penalties

Encouraging hand hygiene among hospital employees is a top priority in the healthcare industry, but improving it may require closer monitoring and the threat of penalties for non-compliance.

Need better evidence-based design for hospitals? Ask a nurse

As hospitals become increasingly willing to listen to nurses' opinions in healthcare facility design, a book coming out this fall will help guide nurses through the redesign process. Multiple contributors will discuss topics including innovations led by nurses and trends affecting design.

Two more Pioneer ACOs may leave over financial woes

Two more participants may exit the Pioneer ACO program due to lackluster financial performance--just days after the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced its accountable care organizations saved $411 million last year.

Zoom's secret to reinventing healthcare: Not trying to be all things to everyone

What if patients thought of getting healthcare, even paying insurance premiums, more like treating themselves to new jewelry than forking out cash for a necessary evil? That's one aspiration of Zoom (formerly Zoomcare), the Portland–Oregon based company planning to redesign a full array of medical and health insurance services to create an "insanely great experience" for its target customer base, according to an article from Fast Company.

Personalized medicine: Examining the implications of a healthcare game-changer

Guest post by Joe Randolph, president and CEO of The Innovation Institute, which is structured to cultivate innovative solutions to transform healthcare delivery. He previously served as EVP and COO...

New York's North Shore-LIJ starts posting patient reviews online

Long Island-based North Shore-LIJ Medical Group has started posting reviews of its doctors online, making it the first large medical group in the New York metropolitan area to do so. 

A tale of two community hospitals: How different leadership decisions shaped their futures

A critical decision on ownership nearly four decades ago ensured the future survival of one Arizona community hospital but potentially led to the recent closure of another, according to an article in the Silver City Daily Press.

How Medicare's transitional care movement may prevent readmissions

In an exclusive interview with FierceHealthcare, Global Transitional Care CEO Rani Khetarpal discusses how transitional care service providers can help prevent readmissions and improve patient care. 

Late shifts don't hurt doctors' surgical outcomes

Surgical outcomes are equally safe for surgeons who worked a late shift the night before as those who didn't, according to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Population health initiatives drive hospital collaboration

The push for patient-centered care and improving population health has led to increased collaboration among hospitals, according to a nationwide survey from the American Hospital Association.

Observation status, ED visits create illusion of fewer readmissions, quality gains

Even as the government claims preventable hospital readmissions have dropped, a dramatic increase in hospitals' use of observation status and emergency care in lieu of readmission suggests many providers are gaming the quality standards.

HHS offers guidance on how to provide care to the homeless during disasters

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services released new guidance to help healthcare organizations provide care to homeless individuals in advance of a disaster. 

Medicare ACOs saved $411M in 2014, but few earned bonuses

Medicare accountable care organizations generated $411 million in total savings in 2014, but few of the Pioneer and Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs qualified for bonuses in the second year results of the program, according to the latest data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. But the financial metrics only tell some of the story, according to ACO leaders interviewed this morning. 

5 steps to an effective hospital CEO apology

Hospital chief executive officers, take note: If you ever need to apologize for corporate wrongdoing, it's best you look sad while you say you're sorry, according to a new study published in the September 2015 issue of Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.

Could recording surgeries reduce medical errors?

Reducing medical errors is a major priority for the healthcare industry, and now legislators and patient safety advocates are exploring a potential solution to the problem: Cameras in the operating room.