Patient Care & Outcomes

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Will SGR repeal pull doctors away from sickest patients?

The pending Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act has the potential to harm patients, according to a right-of-center think tank.

CDC looks to Chicago hospitals' example in battle against superbugs

In the wake of the White House's aggressive plan to combat antibiotic-resistant infections, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hopes to slash rates of one particularly dangerous superbug nationwide by replicating the success of a program it piloted in five Chicago hospitals, Reuters reported.

Technology plays 'supporting role' in optimal patient experience, survey finds

Most people view technology as an enhancement to healthcare, but still consider the doctor-patient relationship as the most important aspect of a satisfying patient experience, according to a new survey.

Medical residents afraid to challenge doctors' orders even when they're wrong

Medical residents hesitate to challenge doctors' orders even when they are wrong, according to a study published in the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia.

Maryland readmissions drop under Medicare waiver program

A Medicare waiver program in Maryland reduced readmissions by 4 percent at 67 hospitals last year, preventing as many as 5,000 readmissions, according to the Maryland Hospital Association.

High cost of cancer treatments puts patients deeply into debt

The cost of cancer care for some patients is so high that their medical bills can stick around long after they are gone, NPR reports.

Phoenix Children's Hospital receives grant to make discharge tool digital

An Arizona hospital is moving a paper-based pediatric discharge system into the digital age with the help of a grant.

Laparoscopic colectomies far less expensive than traditional procedures

Some laparoscopic surgeries are significantly less expensive for hospitals to execute than traditional open procedures, according to a new study in JAMA Surgery.

Hospitals collaborate to improve the patient experience

More hospitals and health systems create cooperative networks involving doctors, providers, patients and payers, or "ecosystems of care," according to  Healthcare Finance News.

To fix healthcare, remember the 80/20 rule

Spend enough time in the business world and you're bound to come across the 80/20 rule, which states that 80 percent of an effect comes from 20 percent of a cause. A small group of customers...