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Better staff education, clinical analytics, and new care coordination techniques that improved EHR documentation nearly eliminated patient safety risks from improper heparin administration at Carilion more »

The Michigan Health and Hospital Association (MHA) Keystone Center is taking a proactive step towards accountable care and quality improvements by bringing clinical analytics to more »

Healthcare providers have a poor grasp of the impact EHRs and other health IT on patient safety, says a new RAND Corporation report, and few more »

The average US hospital loses $1.7 million a year due to poor coordination and communication among members of staff, according to a new report from more »

Bundled payments for cancer treatments, which covered an entire “episode of care” for a single patient, resulted in a 34% reduction of overall medical costs, more »

CMS is taking a page out of the online retail industry’s book by instating a simple five star rating system for hospitals to be included more »

Reducing preventable readmissions is one of the most important goals for cutting healthcare costs, says a poll of healthcare quality improvement experts by ASQ, and more »

While the Centers for Disease Control asserts that hospital-acquired infections are on the decline thanks to financial quality penalties and a closer focus on patient more »

Providing patients with a standardized, color-coded instruction sheet before surgery can help them understand which long-term medications to take prior to hospitalization and which to more »

The United States healthcare system has a little bit of soul searching to do after it ranked dead last for efficiency, equity, and overall health more »

A new study in the American Journal of Medical Quality uses ICD-9 codes to identify the top hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) that adversely impact patient mortality, more »

Humana and the UC San Diego Health System have entered an accountable care agreement to focus on improving outcomes and lowering costs for Southern California more »

California lawmakers are issuing guarded praise to Truven Analytics after the company adjusted its hospital rankings to reflect some of the many sanctions issued to more »

Is there actually some good news to be found on the internet?  According to Vanguard Communications, which surveyed more than 46,000 online physician ratings on more »

Personalized medicine?  Not if you want to make an extra $350 a month, WellPoint, Inc. is telling oncologists.  The insurer will be offering a financial more »

Healthcare organizations may be investing in clinical analytics, business intelligence solutions, revenue cycle management tools, and robust quality improvement programs, but all the technology in more »

Reducing the number of unnecessary hospital readmissions may be as easy as just paying attention, says research from the Mayo Clinic published in JAMA this more »

A lack of data integrity and adequate health information exchange, along with poor care coordination, have topped the 2014 list of ECRI Patient Safety Concerns.  more »

Patients who received a tailored care plan and follow-up from a community health worker were more likely to access primary care services and stay out more »

The use of computer algorithms and data analytics to identify preventable hospital readmissions still has a long way to go before it’s accurate and sensitive more »

It takes a lot of stamina and determination to tackle the long hours, fast-paced decision making, and responsibility of being a physician in a hospital more »

Hospital acquired infections related to common procedures and difficult bacteria are on the decline according to a pair of newly released reports by the Centers more »

A three decade old tool used by nurses to predict patients at risk of pressure ulcers in the ICU may be significantly inaccurate, says a more »

Antibiotic-resistant superbugs have changed the way clinicians need to tackle bloodstream infections, but many community hospitals may not be keeping up with newer tactics. A more »

While advanced diagnosis tools can help spot dangerous cancers before they spread in order to save lives and reduce the costs and pain associated with more »

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