Although hospital closures remain a major concern within the healthcare industry, they did not significantly affect hospitalizations or mortality rates in recent years, according to a new study published in Health Affairs.
Though new models of healthcare delivery increasingly focus on collaboration, medical education still does not adequately teach aspiring doctors how to work effectively with a team of caregivers, writes Dhruv Khullar, M.D., in a post for the New York Times' Well blog.
Virginia Health Information, a reporting firm that contracts with the state Department of Health, has issued a list of 20 healthcare quality measures to aid patients comparing hospitals.
In stark contrast to the healthcare industry's increasing efforts to curb emergency department overuse, the American College of Emergency Physicians says new research proves how much Americans value their access to emergency care, even though they often face steep barriers to access.
Accountable care organizations (ACOs) aligned with Medicare's Pioneer ACO program saw smaller increases in Medicare spending compared to general Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries in the Pioneer program's second year, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
To create systems that support doctors and allow them to do the best possible job, healthcare leaders should keep three key principles in mind, according to a Health Affairs blog post.
The newly formed Center for Healthcare Transparency has an ambitious goal--it wants half of the U.S. population to have access to reliable cost and quality information by 2020. But panelists at Friday's event to unveil the new initiative at the National Press Club in the District of Columbia said the healthcare industry's current transformation make now an ideal time to pursue such an effort.
In an exclusive interview with FierceHealthcare, Ann Hendrich, R.N., Ph.D., senior vice president of quality and safety and executive director patient safety organization at Ascension Health, the largest non-profit health system in the country and the world's largest Catholic health system, talks about the system's efforts to reduce readmissions by tailoring care to an individual's needs.
Medical school enrollment will rise 30 percent within the next five years, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges' Survey of Medical School Enrollment Plans.
A Michigan hospital system is taking both its emergency department and its care coordination strategies back to square one. Leaders at Grand Haven's 81-bed North Ottawa Community Health System are revamping ED services based on the sheer amount of patients who would be better served elsewhere.