Patient Care & Outcomes

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CMS takes closer look at hospice care benefit

The Medicare program will revisit how it pays for the hospice care benefit in an attempt to avoid duplicate payments,  Kaiser Health News  has reported. However, some advocates worry that any changes could make it more difficult for terminally ill patients to decide to switch to hospice care.

Nursing homes could supplant hospitals as nexus of elderly care

Nursing homes could wind up being the primary setting for elderly patients to receive much of their care in the future, the  New York Times  has reported.

5 billion people lack access to surgical care

Though "surgery is an integral, indivisible part of healthcare," 5 billion people worldwide lack access to safe and affordable surgical care, according to a new commission from  The Lancet.

Hospitals don't do enough to stop C. diff spread

Even as the White House has unveiled an aggressive, $1.2 billion plan to fight antibiotic-resistant infections, a new study suggests that U.S. hospitals don't do enough to prevent one particularly dangerous superbug from harming patients.

Individual mandate penalty too low to encourage uninsured to get coverage

The individual mandate penalties may be too low to entice consumers to purchase coverage on the health insurance exchanges, according to a recent  report from Avalere Health.

Advisory councils help hospitals boost patient engagement, satisfaction

As incentives grow for hospitals and health systems to improve the patient experience, an increasing number choose to weave patients and families into their leadership structures,  Kaiser Health News  reports.

Nursing homes may replace hospitals as linchpin of senior care

Nursing homes may edge out hospitals as the primary healthcare option for elderly patients, according to the New York Times.

Drug known as 'spice' sparks rise in ER visits, poison-control calls

The use of a drug called spice--a synthetic substance that mimics the effects of marijuana--has sparked a troubling rise in visits to emergency departments and calls to poison control, the  New York Times  reports.

How Main Line Health cut sepsis mortality rates by 55%

A Philadelphia hospital system's successes can serve as a blueprint for hospitals that aim to reduce the threat of sepsis, Hospitals & Health Networks reports.

Advance directives and end-of-life care: The conversation no one wants to have

My husband and I recently attended a funeral that was devoid of anything personal or unique about the deceased's life: Who she was, how her life mattered and how those who loved her will miss...