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Patient Care & Outcomes

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Latest Headlines

Why disruptive docs may not be so bad after all

Has the patient satisfaction movement gone too far? Maybe so, according to  Becker's Hospital Review,  which calls into question the zerio tolerance approach to disruptive doctors, who may actually be better physicians than their counterparts with good bedside manners.  

4 pillars for physician engagement

As shifts in healthcare bring a more intent focus on team-based care and coordination, hospitals can boost  physician engagement  using a framework inspired by the "father of modern sociology," Max Weber, according to an  article  in  Harvard Business Review.

California nurses' union braces for contract battle with Kaiser Permanente

A California nurses' union will begin bargaining negotiations next week with Kaiser Permanente, the eighth largest health system in the country, on a new four-year contract for nurses at its Northern California hospitals,  Kaiser Health News  reports.

Standard handoff practices help children's hospitals cut errors

Hospitals can cut handoff-related errors nearly 70 percent by standardizing care transfers during shift changes, according to a study published ahead of print in the journal Pediatrics.

New ACOs organized despite federal scrutiny

Two Arizona health systems are joining together to launch an accountable care organization (ACO) that will provide coordinated care to about 50,000 members, the organizations announced this week, in hopes of improving outcomes, patient satisfaction and cost savings.

Medicare pilot programs waive three-day admission rule for senior patients

Medicare officials piloting experimental programs across dozens of U.S. hospitals want to know if dropping the requirement that limits nursing home coverage to seniors admitted to the hospital for at least three days can reduce costs and improve care,  Kaiser Health News   reported.

Minnesota physician shortage to emerge in next decade

A physician shortage will emerge in Minnesota in the next decade, according to a study conducted for the Minnesota Hospital Association.

Inpatient volumes positive for first time in years

Hospital inpatient volumes trended positive for the first time in several years--albeit by only a slight margin--according to a new survey from Jefferies. The investment bank and securities firm also released data about hospital performance and payer mix. 

Shared medical appointments show promise in primary care

Thus far, much of the research surrounding shared medical appointments (SMAs) involved specialties dealing with chronic conditions such as diabetes. SMAs may have a promising place in primary care, particularly as part of the patient-centered medical home, according to a new study published in the  Annals of Family Medicine.

Physicians balk at recertification requirements

Although board certification was once a lifelong credential, obligations mount for physicians to maintain their certifications throughout their careers. And according to a recent article from  Kaiser Health News,  many physicians consider emerging recertification requirements to be not just onerous, but worthless in terms of improving the way they practice medicine