Maximize benefits of patient advisers with updated patient engagement strategies

Hospitals must re-evaluate how they receive feedback from patients, using them as advisors to address patient-care issues from first-hand experience, and do more to engage patients through recommended strategiesaccording to a Hospitals & Health Networks article.

CMS updates short-term hospital claims settlement details

In an effort to reduce the amount of pending inpatient status claims appeals, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services updated its offer of an administrative agreement to hospitals willing to withdraw their pending appeals in exchange for a partial payment of 68 percent of the net allowable amount, CMS announced Tuesday.

HealthFair CEO: Bring on scrutiny of mobile health screenings

The CEO of HealthFair, which offers mobile heart screenings in partnership with Cincinnati Mercy Health hospitals, says he welcomes a review of advertisements that consumer advocates call unethical, according to the Cincinnati Business Courier.

CDC, HHS create hospital Ebola checklist in wake of global crisis

As the Ebola virus outbreak spirals out of control into a world-wide crisis, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response this week released a checklist for hospitals to help clinicians manage patients carrying the virus.

ER visits on the rise due to Medicaid expansion

Emergency room visits are on the rise in states that expanded Medicaid, according to a nationwide study conducted by the Colorado Hospital Association. But ER visits drop among young adults who now have insurance thanks to the Affordable Care Act.


McDonald offers overview of VA scandal fixes

Robert McDonald, the new head of the Department of Veterans Affairs, outlined his plans to consolidate and streamline the VA system in a news conference Monday, the Wall Street Journal reports.

US hospitals have highest administrative spending costs in the world

U.S. hospitals have the highest administrative costs in the world, according to a study published in Health Affairs.

Mississippi, West Virginia tie for fattest states in the Union

America, already the most obese nation in the world, is the fattest it's ever been, according to an annual report from the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation and Trust for America's Health.

3 ways hospitals can engage patients

As accountable care organizations and other forms of value-based care initiatives gain momentum in the healthcare world, hospitals and health systems across the country seek more proactive ways to fight chronic disease and promote long-term health managementaccording to Healthcare IT News.

4 questions to predict whether ACOs can succeed

Although accountable care organizations are widespread throughout the healthcare industry,some question whether they can significantly improve quality care while driving down costs, especially as federal officials predict rising spending growth for the next several years. But there are four key questions that can explain ACOs' capacity for creating change, reported Healthcare Finance News.

Risk of drug-resistant infections increases 1% for each day in hospital

There's a strong relationship between time in the hospital and time to infection from a multidrug resistant pathogen, according to a new study presented at the 54th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.

3 Michigan systems complete merger; White House asks for $30M to fight Ebola;

News From Around the Web > Three healthcare organizations in southeast Michigan made their merger official Tuesday, creating a single, $3.8 billion nonprofit health system, according to Hometown...

Unidentified respiratory illness hits children in 10 states

An unidentified respiratory illness has already infected more than 1,000 children across 10 states will likely spread across the country, according to ABC News.

CMS reverses decision, will publish hospital error data

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reversed its August decision to stop publicly reporting data on several hospital-acquired conditions and it will resume public reporting of data on HACs such as foreign objects left in patients' bodies, according to USA Today.

Marketing lessons for ACOs

To educate consumers, accountable care organizations need to do a better job of marketing their services. Not sure where to begin? FierceHealthcare talked to ACO leaders and healthcare marketing experts for insights on marketing strategies for ACOs. 

More details come to light in VA scandal

More details and accusations come to light months after news broke about delays in care within the Veterans Affairs health system.

3 steps the US can take to control the Ebola outbreak

The United States has done a great deal to try to stop the out-of-control Ebola epidemic in West Africa, but The Hill outlines additional steps the nation could take if the crisis gets worse.

8 cities with the highest hospital readmission rates

Medicare's 2014 comprehensive measure of hospital readmissions show that 364 hospitals across the country, in states such as Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island have higher hospital readmission rates than the national average.

Chicago hospital prepares Navy medics for trauma care

A Chicago hospital now serves as the training ground for Navy doctors, nurses and medics to learn how to treat trauma wounds, the Associated Press reports. The program, launched this spring at The John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, gives military medical teams experience dealing with penetrating wounds, inserting IVs in emergencies and other techniques needed in combat areas.

Scholarship looks to boost number of minority registered nurses

In an effort to increase the amount of black, Latino and other minority registered nurses, the American Heart Association and Macy's will give out 16 scholarships a year for the next three years to boost the number of diverse healthcare workers, the North Dallas Gazette reported.