5 considerations for hospital board compensation planning

Hospitals saw an increase in paid nonprofit hospital board members over the past five years, a trend experts say will continue, according to a Becker's Hospital Review article.

3 reasons patient satisfaction is more important than ever

Patient satisfaction is an increasingly important topic in healthcare, and three factors are driving that increased prominence, according to an article in Hospitals & Health Networks Daily.

Tips to improve patient handoffs, outcomes

Hospitals can take several steps to reduce handoff errors, according to a new study published in Pediatrics.

Healthcare groups argue against excessive False Claims Act penalties

Hospital and healthcare groups across the country submitted a brief in support of petitioners Gosselin World Wide Moving, asking the Supreme Court to bar excessive False Claims Act penalties, according to a JDSupra Business Advisor blog post.

New program tracks ACA's effect on hospitals

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will collaborate with 24 state hospital associations to track the Affordable Care Act's  effect on inpatient admissions and emergency department visits. 

Hospital elevator buttons carry more bacteria than toilet surfaces

Hospital elevators are home to more bacteria than toilet surfaces--making the high-traffic area a breeding ground for potentially dangerous infections.

New York hospitals collaborate to redesign healthcare delivery, reduce readmissions

A new consortium of 200 hospitals, nursing homes and other health-related entities throughout the Rochester, New York, region aims to redesign healthcare delivery and reduce avoidable readmissions.

Nurse's firing highlights importance of social media discretion

The firing of a New York City nurse for her social media use has reaffirmed the hazards of healthcare workers bringing their work online, according to ABC News.

Hospital resiliency most important after natural disaster, emergencies

High impact weather events across the country have some experts wondering if hospitals are resilient enough to overcome the aftermath of storms, tornados, hurricanes and floods, according to the Florida Times-Union.

The 10 top-grossing public hospitals

University of California San Francisco Medical Center at Parnassus leads public hospitals nationwide in gross revenue, according to Becker's Hospital Review list of the top 50 highest-grossing public hospitals

Illinois licensing fee funds adverse events reporting system

A new hospital licensing fee in Illinois will help the state create a healthcare reporting system, as well as improve hospital inspections, Crain's Chicago Business reported. 

How 5 payers are changing the insurance landscape

Like much of the healthcare market, health insurance is going through a period of rapid, unpredictable, change, and employers that want to thrive and compete must keep pace with these changes, FierceHealthPayer reports.

Executive physicals: CEO illness buster and lucrative business line

JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon's recent throat cancer diagnosis shines a light on a perk offered to many top executives and available via some of the nation's leading hospitals: the executive physical.

Mixed reactions to CMS 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a proposed update to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for the 2015 calendar year late Thursday afternoon, which didn't include changes to the sustainable growth rate formula, but revises the Medicare Shared Savings Program.

AHA exec: Hospitals must reduce non-beneficial care

Healthcare systems and hospitals can give better care and reduce costs by reducing non-beneficial care, according to John R. Combes, M.D., in an article published in Hospitals & Health Networks.

Former surgeon general: Don't eliminate position, take politics out

A former surgeon general has proposed an alternative to a recent call to eliminate the position, MedPageToday reports.

VA wait times triple initial estimates

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) urges further information in the wake of new findings that indicate Veterans Affairs hospital wait times nationwide are triple the initial estimate.

CMS releases 2015 Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued its 2015 Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule late Wednesday. The rule is set to be published in the Federal Register on July 11.

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VA's chief medical inspector resigns after independent report

John R. Pierce, M.D., the Department of Veterans Affairs' chief medical inspector, retired this week in the wake of a report that found his office did not properly respond to whistleblower complaints about problems at VA facilities, according to the Associated Press.