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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 Nurse.com.
Major social and cultural demographic shifts in the United States are transforming the business side of healthcare, according to a column published in Forbes.
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.
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
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced updated inspection procedures to better protect workers against exposures to tuberculosis in healthcare settings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.