Massachusetts hospitals question plan to involuntarily commit opioid addicts

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) will file legislation this week to address opioid addiction, including a provision allowing doctors to hold addicts involuntarily for up to three days, but many Bay State hospitals worry the provision is not a meaningful solution to the problem, according to the Sentinel and Enterprise.

Hospital demand for nurses with bachelor's degrees on the rise

Hospitals increasingly want their nursing staff to have more advanced degrees, resulting in a potentially rude awakening for nurses with two-year degrees, according to the Wall Street Journal.

What patients really want from hospitals

Subtle changes can make all the difference to improve the patient experience and they aren't expensive. Patients simply want respect and for healthcare workers to treat them with care and empathy, notes patient safety expert Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., in a post for U.S. News & World Report.

Infection control experts: U.S. isn't ready to handle an epidemic

Infectious disease experts say the country isn't ready for the next epidemic and this week called on lawmakers to help raise awareness and provide additional funding to prevent another serious disease from threatening the nation. An outbreak caused by an unexpected pathogen, unlike the Ebola epidemic one year ago, will likely cause significant harm unless the country takes adequate countermeasures, according to The Washington Times.

Limited resources doom safety-net hospital surgical outcomes

Safety-net hospitals experience higher mortality, complication and readmission rates--along with higher costs--for nine common elective surgical procedures,according to a new study published in JAMA Surgery

Leapfrog Group: Hospitals can--and must--improve C-section rates

Hospitals' cesarean section rates vary broadly, according to the Leapfrog Group, with fewer than half of providers reaching the healthcare-quality watchdog's target rate.

Hospital Compare 5-star ratings plummet

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Hospital Compare database saw a steep decline in the number of hospitals earning perfect five-star ratings on patient experience, according to an analysis by Becker's Hospital Review.

Four in 10 older US adults can't manage their healthcare needs

A significant number of older adult patients in the U.S. are unable to cope with the complexities of navigating the modern healthcare system, according to a study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine

More urban hospitals aim to improve health of poor communities

More urban hospitals are showing a greater interest in addressing poverty in their communities by improving health through employment, education and philanthropy, according to an article at

Cultural competency, communication key to better HCAHPS scores

Improving Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems scores is a top priority within the hospital sector, and to make meaningful improvements, provider-patient communication that incorporates demographic information is key, according to Healthcare Finance News.

Drug-resistant E. coli infection rates in community hospitals double

The rate of drug-resistant E. coli infections seen in community hospitals doubled between 2009 and 2014, with the majority of the infections occurring in healthcare settings, a study by Duke Medicine found.

Terminally ill patients have a more peaceful death at home

Dying at home is a more peaceful experience than a hospital, according to a new research article published in the journal BMC Medicine.

How pharmacists can promote preventive, value-based care

In light of new findings about the slow progression to value-based care models, organizations may want to give pharmacists a role in the transition to speed up the process, according to The Hill.

Patient tweets may reveal insights into health outcomes, hospital experiences

​Every day social media posts may provide insights about health, health outcomes and the quality of care at hospitals, according to two new studies published in the journal BMJ Quality & Safety.

Healthcare workers can help prevent domestic abuse

Healthcare providers can help prevent domestic violence by conducting screenings and education, but they shouldn't limit the screenings to women of childbearing age, two assistant professors at the University of Kentucky's College of Health Sciences argue in a column published in the Lexington Herald Leader.


What hospitals must know about getting into the payer game

Amid an era of "merger-mania" among major U.S. health payers, many hospitals and health systems want to get into the payer business themselves to prevent the consolidations from having a negative impact on their local markets, according to Reuters.


Half of medical workers contaminate themselves when removing personal protective equipment

Even when they don protective gear correctly, nearly half of medical workers contaminate their skin or clothing when removing gowns and especially gloves, a recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found.

Antibiotic stewardship program slashed C. diff infections among children

An antibiotic stewardship program that raised the bar for prescribing antibiotics to hospitalized children cut the rate of Clostridium difficile infections among pediatric patients more than threefold, according to research presented at the IDWeek infectious disease conference.


Infections increase risk of patient falls

Infections are often an underlying cause of falls, and not just among the elderly, according to research presented at the IDWeek conference of infectious disease specialists.

VA scandal: Amid budget woes, facilities spent $6.3M on art installations

Amid continual news of slow progress in reforming the embattled Department of Veterans Affairs, critics are scrutinizing the department's spending on artwork on hospital campuses, The Washington Post reports.