In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing last month and this week's tornado in Oklahoma, hospitals across the country are preparing for the worst kinds of disaster by conducting emergency training drills to simulate what it would be like if they were inundated with trauma patients.
Hospital-acquired bloodstream infections--an avoidable medical condition--can rack up huge profits for hospitals, according to a new study conducted by Johns Hopkins University.
Researchers find hospitals in the U.S. tend to over-report death from heart disease, but a simple intervention can improve the quality of cause of death.
Hospital administrators across the country should ask themselves six important questions to uncover and tackle systematic problems within their organizations that may lead to inadequate patient care, according to a HealthAffairs blog post.
A dozen administrators at San Antonio's University Hospital found out first-hand today what it's like to be a nurse on its Level I trauma center. The leadership team, which typically spends its day attending meetings and pushing paperwork, shadowed nurses instead and watched them deliver care to the region's most sick and injured patients.
Relationships between physicians and pharmaceutical representatives, according to some, have strayed from their original purpose, which was to keep doctors up-to-date on new medications that could benefit their patients.
Hospitals with the highest rates of cardiac arrests tend to have the poorest survival rates for those cases, according to a study conducted by the University of Michigan Health System.
Although a third of the nation's academic hospitals use intensivist staffing at night to help improve outcomes, nighttime intensivists don't benefit patients and may unnecessarily increase costs, according to a study published online yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine .
Serious illness and financial strain often go hand in hand for patients, but a recent study published in Health Affairs is one of the first to look at the "financial toxicity" of cancer care in particular. The findings: Patients diagnosed with cancer were 2.65 times more likely to go bankrupt than people without cancer.
Not only do physician-led ACOs slightly outnumber their hospital-based counterparts, but they also may be superior at saving money, according to presenters at an ACO summit hosted by America's Health Insurance Plans.