Hospital leaders testifying before the House Ways and Means Committee derided Medicare's two-midnight and observation rules, saying that not only are the policies not working, they've also added huge costs and quality issues for providers and patients. >>>
A widespread shortage of saline solution is forcing hospital pharmacists and healthcare clinicians to stretch existing supplies, find workarounds, and formulate substitutes. >>>
Researchers find that as many as one in every two patients who die while hospitalized have sepsis. Many, the report says, come to the hospital with mild or early-stage cases, which go under-recognized. >>>
The proposed rule would give healthcare providers more flexibility in how they use electronic health record systems to meet Meaningful Use requirements and would formally extend the timelines for Stage 2 and Stage 3. >>>
More than nine out of 10 federally qualified health centers reported having electronic health records systems in 2013 compared with 30% in 2009. >>>
Compensation is not a physician's only consideration when contemplating a new job, and it shouldn't be a hospital's only draw. Physician retention starts with healthcare executives making strong hiring decisions. >>>
One doctor attending the eHealth Summit in Baltimore challenged electronic health records system vendors to simplify their implementations, saying "things that should be very simple… get very complicated when they get handed off to the vendor." >>>
Patients who have been harmed by medical errors, and their family members, could be recruited to hospital internal quality review proceedings and their suffering could be used to prevent future mistakes. It's a good, but potentially disastrous idea. >>>
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