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. >>>
One in three hospitals eligible for The Joint Commission's 'top performer' status has provided an evidence-based care practice 95% of the time for patients with certain conditions. >>>
Among the significant perks of being a five-star plan is the ability of payers to enroll members throughout the year rather than only during the seven-week Medicare open enrollment period. >>>
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." >>>
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. >>>
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. >>>
Orthopedic physicians and hospitals are developing new procedures and processes to better select and procure surgical implants for hip and knee pain, spine care, and joint replacement. >>>
Whether using simple techniques or complex technologies, physicians must consider a patient's social needs in order to engage patients and elevate care, say panelists at Partners HealthCare's Connected Health Symposium. >>>
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