Workflow system improves outcomes, efficiency, patient engagement

A new workflow optimization system piloted at Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center could significantly benefit both doctors and patients, according to a study published in the Physician Leadership Journal.

How teamwork, trust and improved communication reduce mistakes in the ER

It's so easy to think you've communicated a message clearly. After all, you understand the instructions, so it only stands to reason that the person receiving them must also understand what...

ACHE 2015: KentuckyOne CEO describes efforts to serve the underserved

Ruth Brinkley, CEO of KentuckyOne Health, may now run an organization that serves a quarter of Kentucky's 4 million people, but her nursing background and experience growing up in a Georgia town...

Most patients don't visit nearest ER

Fewer than half of emergency department visits are to the patient's local emergency room, according to a new data brief from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.

Appliances used to clean superbug-linked scopes may be flawed

​Issues with a high-tech appliance called an automated endoscope reprocessor may bear a large portion of the blame for a superbug outbreak that has killed and sickened patients in hospitals across the country and left the government scrambling to update its regulations for reusable medical devices.

Catholic Health Initiatives creates infrastructure to engage, retain doctors

One of the nation's largest hospital-based systems has made strides in physician engagement by building an infrastructure for its ambulatory services, according to Hospitals & Health Networks.

ACHE 2015: Healthcare must focus on vulnerable populations

Healthcare's biggest challenge in an era of value-based care is to target the causes of poor health before patients require medical intervention, according to a panel discussion on population health management for diverse populations this week at the American College of Healthcare Executives' 2015 Congress.

How Medicaid ACOs can pave the way for population health management

Accountable care organizations and similar models are a prime opportunity for states to bridge their population health and payment reform goals, according to the Milbank Memorial Fund's new issue brief, which offers strategies to promote Medicaid ACOs.

New Colorado VA hospital to cost a 'shocking' $1.7 billion

The new Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Aurora, Colorado, is expected to cost $1.73 billion, according to new estimates from VA officials, the Washington Post reported.

5 post-ACA healthcare trends to watch

Despite Republican lawmakers' continued attempts to derail healthcare reform and the uncertainty over the Supreme Court's upcoming ruling in the King v. Burwell case, the Affordable Care Act has had a profound impact on the healthcare industry in the last five years and will continue to do, according to a new report by PwC.

How the Cleveland Clinic has embraced value-based care

The Cleveland Clinic, a nonprofit healthcare organization long known for clinical excellence in treating the "sickest of the sick," may face its biggest challenge yet as it delves into primary care delivery and chronic disease management to keep up with a rapidly changing healthcare landscape, the New York Times reported.  

Do online hospital ads mislead patients?

Although patients' ability to seek healthcare information online is an important part of patient engagement, hospitals' online advertising often downplays the potential risks of procedures that providers offer, according to a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

ACHE 2015: 4 habits of highly effective healthcare leaders

Confronting the myriad challenges of running a healthcare organization requires creative thinking and talented leaders--three of whom shared their insights at the American College of Healthcare Executives' 2015 Congress.


Bill Gates weighs in on how to combat the next global epidemic

The Ebola outbreak, which has killed more than 10,000 people, has shown the world that it is not ready to deal with a global epidemic, Bill Gates wrote in a New York Times op-ed.

Hospitals bring patient engagement to the ICU

The Wall Street Journal looks at efforts to improve patient engagement in one of the most intimidating parts of the hospital: the intensive care unit.

NIH: American Ebola-infected patient now in critical condition

An American clinician being treated for Ebola at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, is now in critical condition, according to an NIH statement. 

ACHE 2015: Value-based care models heighten need for science-based measures

In today's rapidly changing industry, the healthcare quality movement's main challenge is to "reduce the noise and increase the signal strength" of measures used to assess hospitals and healthcare systems, National Quality Forum CEO and President Christine Cassel, M.D., said during a luncheon Monday at the 2015 Congress of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

2015 ACHE Congress: Healthcare industry needs strong, diverse leadership

The American College of Healthcare Executives kicked off its 2015 Congress in Chicago with a celebration of diverse healthcare leaders, a call for more progress in improving patient care and an update on the political climate in the nation's capital.

Ebola outbreak: 10 American aid workers under voluntary isolation after potential exposure

Although the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has subsided, the deadly virus is far from finished. As many as 10 American aid workers were flown from Sierra Leone to the United States for observation this weekend after they were possibly exposed to Ebola.

Limited resources, reimbursement shortfalls threaten hospitals' role in community

Increased demand, funding and resource shortages, and migration of services to other settings threaten hospitals' capacity to provide 24-hour care, according to a new report from the American Hospital Association.