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CMS program to reduce hospital-acquired conditions has flaws

The Medicare program that penalizes hospitals financially for failing to adequately reduce hospital-acquired conditions might be backfiring, a new  study  published in JAMA  suggests.

Outcomes improve, costs decline for Medicare beneficiaries

A new study finds "remarkable" improvements in hospitalization and mortality rates as well as per-patient costs for 65-and-over beneficiaries.

Why surgical checklists often fail

The success of a surgical checklist, designed to be a simple and inexpensive way to cut post-operative infection rates and save patient lives, may depend on a number of factors, including leadership support, how the hospital adapts the checklist and buy-in from the staff who use it, according to an article in  Nature.

Majority of hospitals rate poorly in controlling C.diff, MRSA

Only 6 percent of 3,000 hospitals examined by  Consumer Reports  scored well for controlling two of the most serious and prevalent infection-causing bacteria--C. diff and MRSA.

A look at healthcare coverage, trends before and after ACA implementation

Americans' access to healthcare coverage and overall health improved after the Affordable Care Act's first round of open enrollment in October 2013, according to a  study from the  Journal of the American Medical Association.

Cancer data sharing drives collaboration between California health department, St. Joseph Health

St. Joseph Health and the California Department of Public Health are teaming up on a project to collect and share cancer data.

3 truths about making tough decisions

Decision-making is exhausting. Whether partnering with patients to make medical choices or making business decisions for your practice, the best answer is rarely obvious. There are almost always...

3 ways to cut unnecessary readmissions of heart patients

Given the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) financial penalties for hospitals with above-average readmission rates, many organizations seek ways to prevent 30-day readmissions of patients who undergo percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), or what's commonly known as angioplasty. Here are three suggestions.

Robust EHRs, inpatient physical rehab and staff levels minimize 'weekend effect'

With studies showing that patients admitted to hospitals over the weekend are more likely to die and have serious complications, Loyola University Health System researchers have come up with strategies for reducing the so-called "weekend effect."

Payments to NPs, PAs outpace physicians

The industry increasingly is calling upon nonphysician practitioners (NPP) such as physician assistants (PA) and nurse practitioners (NP) to help expand healthcare access and optimize physician efficiency. And according to Medicare billing records, NPPs have certainly stepped up to the plate.