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.

Hospital group lobbies against proposed $2B provider cuts

A top hospital lobbying group spoke out against a provision in President Barack Obama's budget proposal that cuts about $2 billion to healthcare providers, according to the National Journal.

Antibiotic overuse puts patients at risk

As concern mounts regarding incorrectly prescribed antibiotics and their contribution to the increase in antibiotic-resistant infections, some hospitals reported prescribing three times more antibiotics than other hospitals, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Hospital surgical admissions cost $185B in 2011

Hospitalizations that involved an operating room procedure accounted for roughly $185 billion of the $387 billion in aggregate costs in 2011, according to a new statistical brief from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

State approves Chicago providers for Medicaid cost-saving initiative

Five Chicago healthcare groups received preliminary approval for a new initiative to reduce Medicaid costs, according to Crain's Chicago Business.

NY docs, nurses debate scope of practice

Doctors and nurses continue to debate a New York bill that eliminates the need for experienced nurse practitioners (NPs) to have written agreements with doctors in order to see patients, the Post-Standard reported. 

3 steps to make hospital alarms safer, more effective

Technical failure and alarm fatigue continue to plague hospitals but three steps are all that organizations need to take to make alarms safer and more effective, according to an opinion piece published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Medicare Part D cuts $1.5B in annual hospital admissions spending

Medicare Part D prescription coverage reduced hospital admissions and program spending by $1.5 billion a year, according to a new study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

3 ways to drive employee engagement with data

Health systems and hospitals can learn a lot from Google's use of data to create an organizational culture that drives employee engagement and satisfaction, according to a Becker's Hospital Review article.

Doc jokes on social media may have real-world implications

Although jokes at the expense of doctors and hospitals aren't new, researchers who looked at the popularity of the one-liners on Facebook say the study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research provides insight into the use of social networking sites for research related to health and medicine.

Clinical research gender gap hurts women's health

Clinical studies still overlook gender difference, which leaves women at a disadvantage and could endanger their health, according to a new report from Mary Horrigan Connors Center for Women's Health & Gender Biology at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. 

Drug shortages cost hospitals $230 million a year

Hospitals spend roughly $230 million a year to purchase expensive generic substitutes in an effort to combat drug shortages, according to new research from Premier, Inc.

Cosgrove: Patient experience key to healthcare quality

The definition of care quality has evolved in recent years to incorporate patient experience, which is why the Cleveland Clinic created the position of chief experience officer, according to Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove, M.D.

4 strategies for provider success

Healthcare providers must adapt and change to the evolving industry climate, taking into consideration healthcare consumerization and the evolution of risk, which is shifting from payers to providers, according to an article from Strategy+Business.

Hand-hygiene compliance requires healthcare leader buy-in

Although most healthcare system leaders surveyed have a clear commitment to support hand hygiene, a new World Health Organization study indicates there is room for improvement.