VA audit: Many employees manipulated data under supervisors' orders

An audit released this week by the Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare system uncovered even more cases of fraud, data manipulation and staff intimidation to cover up extreme delays in care.

In the face of disruption, healthcare must adapt to change

The healthcare industry is poised for disruption; hospitals and health systems that survive during the turmoil will adjust their business models and practices in the face of these changes and external threats, according to a post on Becker's Hospital Review.

Physician practice: 4 things to consider before hospital integration

The drive toward accountable care that rewards doctors based on quality has the nation's small practices--and even some of the larger ones--courting hospital and health system buyers. FierceHealthcare examines the quesitons physician practices need to consider to help them decide whether joining a health system or hospital is right for them.


Senate committee hears stories on observation status, two-midnight rule

The Senate Special Committee on Aging Wednesday heard testimony from healthcare leaders on the effects of Medicare observation status on seniors.

IOM report calls for overhaul of medical education funding

The Institute of Medicine called for a major overhaul of the United States' graduate medical education system in a report released today.

Hospitals pay to use U.S. News 'Best Hospitals' logo

Hospital staff and administration work hard to earn a place in the U.S. News and World Report 's Best Hospital rankings each year, but those same hospitals then pay the publication if they want to use the "Best Hospitals" logo in advertising, according to WDAF-TV in Kansas City, Missouri.

Hospital seek innovative ways to ease patient "scanxiety"

An increasing number of hospitals try to reduce the extreme fear that patients often have from the thought of being enclosed inside scanning equipment, a condition that healthcare professionals refer to as "scanxiety," according to SFGate.

Judge rules St. Luke's-Saltzer partnership can continue during appeal

A federal appeals court ruled St. Luke's Health System in Idaho can continue to operate Nampa-based Saltzer Medical Group while fighting a ruling that found the acquisition in violation of antitrust laws, according to the Associated Press.

4 essential steps for population health management

Healthcare providers that orient themselves toward a population health-based model are better prepared for shifts in reimbursement, according to Hospitals & Health Networks Daily.

The ultimate patient experience: High-quality care plus free Wi-Fi and 42-inch televisions

A newly opened hospital in Texas bets that the facility designed by physicians to provide patients with the ultimate patient-centered experience will give it an edge in the marketplace, Healthcare Finance News reports.

Hospitals waste $11 billion a year on inefficient communication

As care coordination gains popularity in the healthcare industry, especially within accountable care organizations, healthcare leaders must ensure their teams of doctors, nurses and staff use the most efficient communication processes possible to protect their patients and organizations' bottom lines.

Tennessee hospital quality program cuts complications 20%, saves 533 lives

Hospitals participating in the Tennessee Surgical Quality Collaborative saved more than 500 lives and cut costs by more than $75 million.

Should hospitals bear more responsibility for mentally ill?

With more and more stories of mental health patients injuring and killing healthcare worker across the country--most recently in Pennsylvania--hospitals and health systems need to focus more on treating mental illness, author Caroline Hamilton writes in Security Info Watch.

Shake up hospital hierarchies to deliver better care

To provide the best possible healthcare, hospitals must shake up their rigid hierarchies, argues an opinion piece in Forbes.

Essential building blocks for patient-centered medical homes

Insurers must implement certain foundational factors to build a successful patient-centered medical home, including strong leadership and staff commitment to the care model, adequate information technology and effective patient engagement tools, reported Health IT Analytics.

Nursing extremes: CA hospital eliminates positions, while Missouri seeks nurse educators

The future of nursing is as unpredictable as ever, with one California hospital eliminating skilled nursing positions, while a shortage of nurse educators leaves Missouri working to recruit more teachers into the profession.

Preventable medical error reporting still lacking in some hospitals

Preventable errors in hospitals still cause hundreds of thousands of death in the U.S. each year, but in some states such as Maryland, the exact number isn't readily available even though hospitals are supposed to report serious medical errors to state regulators an investigative article from the Baltimore Sun revealed.

St. Louis health system may lose doctors over new pay model

Doctors affiliated with Mercy Health in St. Louis are unhappy with the health system's new compensation model and say they may not sign the new contracts, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. 

Fist-bumps, high-fives more hygienic than handshakes

A new study in the American Journal of Infection Control provides further evidence that fist-bumps are a more hygienic alternative to handshakes or high-fives in a healthcare setting.

Sanders, Miller announce tentative VA deal

The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans' Affairs committees have reached a tentative deal on Veterans Affairs reform legislation, according to the Associated Press.