A war of words--and advertisements--is taking place in California over long-simmering allegations that Kaiser Permanente has failed to provide adequate treatment and insurance coverage for patients who need mental health services. A Kaiser spokesperson told FierceHealthcare that the Courage Campaigns' claims are just the latest efforts in an ongoing union smear campaign.
Increasing numbers of nurse practitioners who enter the healthcare field could help fill the gap created by a shortage of primary care physicians, according to an opinion piece on the Health Affairs Blog.
The healthcare field has made great strides in preventing adverse events that cause physical harm to patients, but one Boston hospital thinks it's time that hospital quality improvement programs also work to prevent emotional harm that damages a patient's dignity.
With unions weakened and management emboldened by shifts in worker demographics in recent decades, organized labor is recalculating how to obtain more leverage in negotiations moving forward, the Wall Street Journal has reported.
As the healthcare industry transitions from a volume-based to a value-based model, more healthcare organizations are adding the position of chief quality officer to their payrolls, according to Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality.
A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court this week to review a case that could limit the power of public unions to collect fees from nonmembers, could also destroy their bargaining power, and in effect, endanger patient safety, the largest U.S. organization of nurses warned Tuesday.
A new Virginia law that takes effect today will require hospitals to inform patients of their admission status verbally and in writing.
Engaging in dual coding as the deadline to transition to ICD-10 moves closer to reality is not an optimal strategy, according to Walter Houlihan, director of health information management and clinical documentation at Springfield, Massachusetts-based Baystate Health.
Running a medical practice is hard work. And with various forms of healthcare consolidation potentially affecting virtually any practice, managers are under pressure to not just keep their jobs amid new governance but also to help such ventures succeed. To make the most of opportunities for their practices and careers, practice managers must pay special attention to honing certain skill sets.
The Affordable Care Act still isn't winning the favor of all doctors in its fifth year, but more are at least willing to give it a passing grade, according to new data from the Medicus Firm.