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3 ways providers can increase access to care

If health systems can harness the "customer orientation of a five-star hotel and the operational discipline of a factory floor," they can improve access to care and in turn boost patient satisfaction and the organization's profitability, according to a recent  Health Affairs  blog post.

Superbug killed 29,000 people in U.S. in 2011

The antibiotic-resistant superbug  Clostridium difficile  was responsible for nearly half a million infections and about 29,000 deaths in 2011, according to a new study published in the  New England Journal of Medicine.

Lessons learned from an ACO's successes, struggles

Given the Department of Health and Human Services' recent announcement that it plans to speed up its plans to shift to value-based payment models, it's more important than ever for providers to shift their priorities from volume to value. To that end, the CEO of one of the first accountable care organizations to form has advice for health leaders to map a way forward.

VA spends millions on program to curb nurse injuries

The Department of Veterans Affairs is taking the lead against nurse musculoskeletal injuries, which occur at a rate of about three times that of construction workers.

New Colorado hospital takes neigborhood approach to healthcare

As the goal of healthcare providers shifts from caring for the sick to improving the overall health of the community, hospital design and services have changed dramatically as well. Nowhere will that be more evident than in the planned $177 million St. Anthony North Health Campus in Westminster, Colorado,

Younger women conceal or don't recognize heart attack symptoms

Younger women often do not disclose heart attack symptoms for fear of being labeled hypochondriacs, according to a new study published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

Hospitals go big to take on population health management

With improving population health management high on the list of many healthcare executives' goals, some hospitals have discovered that the best way to achieve this is to join forces with other facilities.

Under-fire FDA rushes to respond to superbug outbreak

Amid concerns over the response of the Food and Drug Administration to a deadly outbreak of the superbug Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), the agency plans to modify the labels on duodenoscopes, the specialized medical devices blamed for spreading the bacteria, Reuters reported.

Survey: Most practices to implement chronic care management within a year

Despite lingering challenges, most providers plan to take advantage of Medicare's new code for chronic care management (CCM), according to preliminary results of a survey conducted by population health technology developer Kryptiq.

Healthgrades names top hospitals in 2015

The top hospitals in America have in common a combination of collaboration, evidence-based decisions and vision, according to the latest rankings released by Healthgrades.