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To succeed long-term, ACOs must increase consumer focus

The accountable care organization model has seen substantial progress in recent years, but to succeed in the long term, the model must provide comprehensive data and engage with consumers, 12 consumer advocacy groups said in a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

WHO announces reforms after bungled Ebola response

The World Health Organization will overhaul its protocols for handling health emergencies after it faced backlash for how it responded to the deadly Ebola outbreak, CNN reports.

CDC calculates likely cause of death by state; Post-stenting risks vary nationwide;

News From Around the Web > The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has calculated the most "distinctive" cause of death for each state. Article > The majority of people who...

U.S. News clarifies seeming HAI contradiction

U.S. News & World Report has responded to concerns that its hospital-acquired infections measure seems to disagree with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' public reporting that uses the same data.

Major teaching hospitals impose restrictions on low-volume surgeries

Three of the top academic hospital systems in the U.S. will implement volume minimums on hospitals in their system, which will restrict surgeons from performing procedures they are not experienced with, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Unnecessary admissions: Many ER patients with chest pain

Healthcare providers that want to avoid unnecessary care and thus reduce healthcare costs may want to focus their efforts on patients who visit the emergency department for chest pain, a new study in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests.

3 challenges as healthcare shifts to a retail industry

The move from a manufacturing model to a retail market model may be the biggest challenge facing the healthcare industry, according to healthcare policy expert Paul Keckley, Ph.D.  

How first responders can keep patients out of the ER

As hospitals look for ways to stem emergency department overuse in order to reduce costs and improve outcomes, their efforts are increasingly getting a boost from an unlikely source--first responders.

Thrift store donations help Montana critical access hospital survive

Granite County Medical Center, a 25-bed Montana critical access hospital, faced a $60,000 shortfall last year due to increased costs and lower reimbursements, but assistance from a local thrift store allowed the hospital to meet basic needs such as medical supplies and payroll, according to the Helena Independent Record

Low-volume hospitals increase mortality risk

Low-volume hospitals are less prepared for common surgical procedures, putting patients at risk for serious harm, according to an analysis by U.S. News & World Report.

FDA advisory panel: Superbug-linked scopes put patients in danger

An advisory panel convened by the Food and Drug Administration urged the agency to better protect patients from specialized medical scopes linked to recent superbug outbreaks, the L.A. Times reports.

 

Intervention programs help violence victims after hospital discharge

Post-discharge care is a major priority for the healthcare industry, but normally it focuses on high-risk patients with chronic conditions. When violence in the community results in hospitalizations and poses a risk to--a patient population, the solution is more complicated, according to The Atlantic.

Why hospitals must educate nurses about healthcare costs

Guest post by Susan J. Penner, an adjunct faculty member of the University of San Francisco's School of Nursing and Health Professions, and author of the book "Economics and Financial...

How to align workplace health, safety strategies

Adopting a framework to integrate health and safety strategies into the workplace could significantly improve American workers' overall well-being, according to guidance published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Disaster drills helped Philadelphia hospitals respond to Amtrak train crash

In the wake of this week's derailment of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia, the city's hospitals faced a surge of incoming patients--and thanks to disaster drills, they were well-prepared, according to NBC Philadelphia.

40 percent of hospitals fail on nursing workforce safe practices

Just weeks after it issued a report that indicated hospitals have made little to no progress on patient safety outcomes, the Leapfrog Group released another report that found many hospitals also fail to adequately support their nurses.

How hospital-community partnerships can boost population health

As providers increasingly strive to keep patients healthy, it has become clear that much of what influences health outcomes happens outside of traditional care settings. With that in mind, a new set of white papers from the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement illustrates how healthcare leaders can leverage community resources and pursue partnerships that help them achieve better population health management.

4 steps for effective care coordination

As healthcare leaders prepare their hospitals or hospital systems for sweeping changes, such as the shift to value-based care and increased readmission penalties, they must also improve care coordination. Patient satisfaction, the bottom line and care quality all improve when care coordination programs are effective, and there are several steps to ensure this, according to Hospitals & Health Networks.

Superbug outbreak leaves hospitals with questions, few answers about scopes' safety

The antibiotic-resistant superbug outbreaks tied to a specialized device known as a duodenoscope has left hospitals across the country uncertain about how to safely sterilize the scopes absent any clear guidance from the government or device manufacturers, the L.A. Times reports.

 

Hospitals improve access to mental healthcare services

After years of funding cuts to the nation's mental health infrastructure, hospital emergency departments are often left to care for mentally ill or addicted patients, who represent nearly 4 percent of all ED visits. Now, many providers strive to improve their behavioral healthcare options, according to Hospitals & Health Networks.