Patient Care & Outcomes

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ICU noise far above recommended levels

Noise in hospitals' intensive care units often surpasses recommended levels, potentially putting patients at risk, according to research presented at Euroanaesthesia 2016.

ACO denied exemption over commercially-insured patients

A recent Internal Revenue Service ruling threatens to hamstring the Obama administration's high hopes for the accountable care organization model, according to The New York Times.

Opioid abuse: California hospital cuts prescriptions by half, recurring ER visits by 60%

A program created at a California hospital has cut opioid prescriptions by physicians by half and reduced recurrent emergency department visits for opioid abuse by close to 60 percent.

New guidance issued on obesity treatment and caring for transgender youth

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists shared new evidence-based guidelines on treating obesity--which it now classifies as a chronic disease--and the care and treatment of transgender youth at the organization's recent annual meeting, which took place in Orlando.

Thousands of newly graduated doctors don't find a residency program match

Despite a growing shortage of physicians, a total of 8,640 newly graduated doctors didn't find a residency program match this spring and won't be allowed to practice medicine, according to a group called No Residency Match M.D.

Publishing mortality rates doesn't improve outcomes

Healthcare leaders have put considerable stock in transparency as a method of improving patient outcomes. However, publicizing hospitals' mortality rates doesn't move the needle on care outcomes, according to a new study published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

Residency's focus on certainty counterproductive, says doc

Training doctors to project certainty to their patients may make both parties more comfortable, but the system would be better served if physicians were encouraged to embrace the opposite, Dhruv Khullar, M.D., a resident at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, writes in the  New York Times.  

Despite innovative ailment prediction tools, docs still rely on human touch

Computer programs can now help physicians better predict illness in patients, but that doesn't mean doctors want technology to do their jobs for them.

Standalone ERs may cause healthcare costs to rise

Freestanding emergency rooms are touted as an alternative to more expensive forms of care, such as the sunken costs of a full hospital. However, they may also drive up total healthcare costs as well.

Antibiotic-resistant superbug found in the United States

Bacterial resistance to so-called "last resort" antibiotics is considered a nightmare scenario for hospitals and other providers. It may have now become a reality in the United States.