Why a broken healthcare system needs more selfless acts

Guest post by Lynn McVey, chief operating officer of Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center, an acute care, 230-bed hospital in New Jersey. While having a casual conversation with my buddy who is a...

North Carolina law to make hospital violence a felony may have unintended consequences

A new law making it a felony to commit acts of violence in North Carolina hospitals could have unintended consequences for patients with mental illness, substance abuse issues or--as is common -- a combination of both, according to the Charlotte News-Observer. The legislation is intended as a bulwark against attacks on hospital workers, which make up 75 percent of workplace violence cases.

Most healthcare professionals would leave jobs for better pay

Forty-five percent of healthcare workers have not received a pay raise in the last year, and nearly 3 in 4 said that they would leave their current employer for a higher paying position elsewhere, according to a survey by Health eCareers.

Judge: St. Luke's, Saltzer Medical Group must reveal plans to dissolve acquisition

A federal judge wants St. Luke's Health System in Boise and the Saltzer Medical Group to hand over the details of their plan to unwind their partnership due to anitrust violations, the Idaho Statesman reports

VA scandal: Did officials encourage incomplete applications?

Despite numerous attempts to fix care delays in the Department of Veterans Affairs, the system's patient backlog remains high, and internal politics may be to blame, a whistleblower told the Washington Examiner.

Lessons learned from two Oregon Coordinated Care Organizations

Two of Oregon's Coordinated Care Organizations are coming into their own in their second year of operation, but personnel say that they struggle to meet some state requirements, according to a Health Affairs blog post. The do-or-die process that helped them assemble the institutions on a tight schedule has ended up creating a high turnover and burnout rate, which could jeopardize the institutions' long-term goals. 

Common mortality measure doesn't reflect preventable hospital deaths

Standardized mortality ratios, used for decades in numerous countries, including the United States, are not an accurate reflection of preventable hospital deaths, according to a new study published in the British Medical Journal.

Distinct newborn names cut NICU medical error rates in Montefiore study

A simple but distinct naming convention could help prevent medical errors in hospital neonatal intensive care units, according to a study conducted by researchers at the Montefiore Health System in New York and published online in Pediatrics ahead of its August issue.

Multi-faceted home ventilation intervention reduces COPD readmissions, study finds

Non-invasive ventilation as part of a multi-faceted intervention approach successfully reduced readmission rates among chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.

Nurses can play key role in palliative and end-of-life care

Nurses are among the healthcare professionals best positioned to assess patients' need for palliative care as well as to administer this type of care, according to

How increased diversity will change the business of healthcare

Major social and cultural demographic shifts in the United States are transforming the business side of healthcare, according to a column published in Forbes.

Merger of Walter Reed and Navy National Medical Center provides blueprint for success

The merger of the nation's two leading military hospitals -- Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the Bethesda Navy National Medical Center -- was more than just a joining of two medical institutions, it was a melding of two historical rivals. In spite of early challenges, the two institutions have successfully merged into one and can serve as a blueprint for future challenging mergers and other institutional transformations, according to a blog post for Health Affairs.

VA scandal: Nearly 1 in 3 vets in waitlist backlog are dead

More than a year after a scandal involving wait times and care delays within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) first broke, nearly a third of the veterans that are in the total backlog have already died, according to an internal document leaked to the Huffington Post

OSHA updates inspection procedures to reduce healthcare workers' exposure to tuberculosis

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced updated inspection procedures to better protect workers against exposures to tuberculosis in healthcare settings.

New sites allow patients to compare surgeons based on outcomes, complication rates

Two new sites will allow consumers to evaluate and compare surgeons based on never-before-available information on complications rates and patient outcomes

Patients with complex diagnoses receive better, less expensive care at long-term acute care facilities

Patients with critical and medically complex diagnoses fare better and receive less expensive care at long-term acute care hospitals, according to a study published in the July issue of the journal Medical Care.

Color-coded alert systems provide little benefit in hospital shootings

Hospital shootings are becoming distressingly common--and safety advocates say that the color coded alert systems used by most healthcare facilities are not only inadequate, but may endanger the lives and safety of hospital patients and visitors.

HHS proposal would overhaul safety rules at nursing homes, long-term care facilities

Under a proposal to improve patient safety in long-term care hospitals and nursing homes, the facilities would be required to improve care coordination and planning, mandate infection control training, assign an infection control officer and consider resident health during staffing decisions. 

Satisfied nurses improve hospital outcomes, mortality

Nurses have a significant impact on the success of a hospital, according to a study of a team of Kaiser Permanente nurses published in Health Care Management Review.

CDC: Spend more time during office visits to prevent falls

Providers should take extra time during office visits to review patients' medications for any that may put them at risk for falls and ask patients if they have fallen in the past year or are concerned about falling, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.