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Senate hears providers' concerns about observation status crisis

In a hearing this week, a hospital sector representative told the U.S. Senate's Special Committee on Aging that the observation status problem has left healthcare providers in the "untenable position" of trying to meet patient needs while complying with Medicare payment policies.

Sepsis rivals pneumonia, heart failure for readmissions

Severe sepsis causes hospital readmissions at a rate comparable to more commonly addressed conditions such as pneumonia and heart failure, according to a study presented at the 2015 American Thoracic Society International Conference.

Hospital infection control in the era of superbug outbreaks [Special Report]

Long before superbug outbreaks tied to a specialized medical scope sickened and killed patients across the country, infection control has been a major priority for hospitals. But while the problems posed by such outbreaks are clear, finding solutions to them--particularly in a seldom-static healthcare industry--is anything but. To help chart a way forward, this special report from  FierceHealthcare  examines advice from experts and hospital leaders who have learned valuable lessons from the front lines of hospital infection control.

Nurse self-care: Solution to peer bullying?

Nurses who are empowered to care for themselves will not only provide better care to patients but also could help combat the widespread problem of bullying that is rampant in the nursing culture, Susan Groenwald, Ph.D., R.N., president of the Chamberlain College of Nursing, tells FierceHealthcare in an exclusive interview. 

New ratings evaluate hospitals' delivery of 'common care'

Amid an already crowded--and sometimes controversial--field of hospital rankings,  U.S. News & World Report  has added a new form of evaluation that rates hospitals based on how well they handle five common medical conditions and procedures.

Patients less satisfied at large, urban hospitals

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' patient satisfaction rating system puts large urban hospitals at a distinct disadvantage compared to their smaller urban/suburban counterparts, according to research published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

Preventable hospitalizations down among American seniors

A new report on the state of seniors' health indicates that preventable hospitalizations have dropped among this population, a positive sign for a healthcare industry that has made reducing this metric among its top priorities.

To succeed long-term, ACOs must increase consumer focus

The accountable care organization model has seen substantial progress in recent years, but to succeed in the long term, the model must provide comprehensive data and engage with consumers, 12 consumer advocacy groups said in a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

WHO announces reforms after bungled Ebola response

The World Health Organization will overhaul its protocols for handling health emergencies after it faced backlash for how it responded to the deadly Ebola outbreak,  CNN  reports.

CDC calculates likely cause of death by state; Post-stenting risks vary nationwide;

News From Around the Web > The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has calculated the most "distinctive" cause of death for each state. Article > The majority of people who...