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Stress buster: Chaos theory helps nurses cope in the emergency room

To help nurses cope with the stress they encounter on the job, one nursing school program teaches students to incorporate the chaos theory and expect the unexpected.

How to improve clinical decision support drug interaction alerts

Clinical decision support alerts for drug interactions need major improvements. A paper published at the  Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association  offers some recommendations.

Endoscopes also linked to drug-resistant E.Coli outbreak in Washington State

The contaiminated medical devices blamed for a series of superbug outbreaks are also linked to an outbreak of a drug-resistant  Escherichia coli   (E. Coli)  strain in a Washington state hospital. These endoscopes may infect more patients if hospitals use the company's recommended cleaning procedures, according to a study published in  Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.

5 ways to involve patients and familes in achieving the Triple Aim

To achieve meaningful care quality and safety outcomes, providers must partner and collaborate with patient and family advisors, according to a new guide from the American Hospital Association.

Health plans need to up their game to help smokers quit

A majority of state health insurance marketplace plans do not do enough to provide smokers with the assistance they need to quit, according to a new  report from the American Lung Association.

How payers, providers make bundled payments work [Special Report]

This  FierceHealthPayer  special report explains the basics of bundled payment agreements, identifies some of the most successful use cases for bundled payments, examines the positive impact that bundled payments can have on care delivery and discusses what it will take for bundled payments to spread beyond today's use cases.

Will price transparency information ever become easy to use?

"You know, for kids." That was the best gag line in a lesser-known Coen Brothers movie called the "Hudsucker Proxy." Tim Robbins would say that to sell his idea for the hula...

Will SGR repeal pull doctors away from sickest patients?

The pending Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act has the potential to harm patients, according to a right-of-center think tank.

The key trends behind the growth of population health management

As healthcare industry accelerates its transition from a fee-for-service model to a value-based one, population health initiatives will loom larger than ever throughout 2015, according to a new report.

CDC looks to Chicago hospitals' example in battle against superbugs

In the wake of the White House's aggressive plan to combat antibiotic-resistant infections, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hopes to slash rates of one particularly dangerous superbug nationwide by replicating the success of a program it piloted in five Chicago hospitals, Reuters reported.