The most recent round of administrative penalties for hospital deficiencies constituting immediate jeopardy includes two patient falls resulting in deaths, a wrong-site surgery, and a retained surgical object. >>>
Interns observed interacting with hospitalized patients exhibited five basic behaviors associated with etiquette-based medicine during only 4% of all encounters. >>>
Patients are already facing copays, coinsurance, and deductibles that are much higher than only a year or two ago. If you think they're unhappy now, wait until you see what happens when you try to collect their share of your payment directly. >>>
A study finds reductions in emergency department usage can be achieved through patient education, interventions in patient financial incentives, and the adoption of population health strategies such as patient-centered medical homes. >>>
The author of a study on pay for performance in healthcare, says there is little evidence to support that incentives for following certain processes that have been proven to add value… actually improve quality or value. >>>
Research findings call on hospital leaders to take a deeper look at how staff—primarily nurses—interact with patients, to determine a way for patients at highest risk for infection to come into contact with fewer workers. >>>
The National Committee for Quality Assurance has been tracking the use of antibiotic treatment in adults with acute bronchitis since 2006 and has found that compliance with not prescribing antibiotics has been "strikingly and perpetually low." >>>
Don't look for a slowdown in healthcare mergers and acquisitions anytime soon. While the era of mega mergers has peaked, one observer says to watch for robust consolidation activity among small health systems and stand-alone hospitals. >>>
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