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Obama enlists hospitals, medical professionals to fight health hazards of climate change

The White House says will look to the medical community to not only make the case that climate change poses significant health risks and to help reduce these potential harms.

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Healthgrades' top-ranked hospitals offer insights on patient experience

Healthgrades' annual Patient Safety Excellence Award and Outstanding Patient Experience Award winners offer valuable lessons about what drives patient satisfaction, according to a white paper from the firm.

Nurse-physician collaboration can help combat healthcare-associated infections

Strong nurse-physician collaboration can help hospitals' critical care units cut down on healthcare-associated infections, according to an article in the journal Critical Care Nurse.

More hospitals embrace value-based payment models

The number of hospitals that have delved into value-based care is on the rise, and even more say they plan to make the transition soon, according to new research from Kaufman, Hall & Associates LLC.

Amicus brief supports St. Luke's request to rehear antitrust case

A group of 17 law professors filed an amicus brief this week that supports a petition to rehear the anti-trust case involving an Idaho health system's purchase of the state's largest independent physician practice.

2014 QIO report shows encouraging results on adverse drug events, cost savings

Quality Improvement Organizations generated nearly $1 billion in savings and prevented more than 44,000 adverse drug events over a three-year period, according to a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' progress report.

How providers can use risk-benefit assessments to improve patient outcomes

The healthcare industry must move toward a collaborative, risk-benefit approach that focuses on improving outcomes, according to a new report from Deloitte.

More patients use ER to treat complex, chronic conditions

The rate of patients in California who visit the emergency department for non-injury conditions has increased, indicating a shift in the ED's role in healthcare, according to a study published in Health Affairs.

Expanded scope of practice may boost patient outcomes, transition to value-based care

As many states expand the role of advanced-practice registered nurses and nurse practitioners, there's plenty of reasons to welcome this latest shift in the healthcare landscape, according to Healthcare Finance.

Is the proposed SGR fix too vague to work?

The House of Representatives passed a bipartisan bill to permanently repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate formula last month, but the fix may create a new set of problems, according to Vox.

Alarm fatigue, data integrity, patient violence top list of patient safety hazards

The 2015 edition of the ECRI Institute's top 10 patient safety concerns for healthcare organizations includes many of the usual suspects, but also highlights recent headline-grabbing hazards such as patient violence and inadequate reprocessing of endoscopes.

Minimum-distance requirements could hurt rural, critical access hospitals

A recent study published in Health Affairs determines minimum-distance requirements for rural, critical access hospitals would be disruptive to communities that depend on those hospitals, while only creating modest Medicare savings.

What the US can learn from China's experiments with healthcare

The radical shifts in the structure of China's healthcare system provide important insights for the industry at large, David Blumenthal, M.D., of the Commonwealth Fund, and William Hsiao, Ph.D., of the Harvard School of Public Health, write in an opinion piece in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Ebola fears spurred 'unprecedented' hospital prep

Even as the threat of Ebola recedes, the healthcare sector's experiences last fall as it faced a possible American outbreak created a need for unprecedented planning within the industry, according to two studies published in the Journal of Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.

NAACP: Health systems fail to diversify leadership ranks

While the healthcare industry's supply of well-paying jobs makes it key to bridging the racial economic equality gap in the United States, the stubborn lack of diversity in upper management indicates significant room for improvement, according to a new report from the NAACP.

OSHA updates guidance for hospital violence prevention

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued updated guidance for protections against workplace violence for healthcare workers, as violent incidents continue to plague healthcare providers.

When hospitals merge, CEOs often pay the price

The brisk pace of mergers and acquisitions in the healthcare industry has had one major casualty--hospital executives, according to Crain's New York Business.

Art heals: How creative expression improves the patient experience [Slideshow]

In this slideshow, FierceHealthcare explores how Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital in Pennsylvania, Lee Memorial Hospital in Florida and the Mayo Clinic in Arizona have incorporated art in their facilities and in care delivery.

CMS urges Senate to pass SGR fix before cuts take effect

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services urged the Senate to permanently repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate formula before April 15 so that doctors won't face cuts in Medicare reimbursements, according to The Hill.