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Patient Care & Outcomes

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House, Senate leaders deadlock on VA fix

The leadership of the House and Senate committees on veterans' affairs hit a stalemate Thursday over their respective legislation to aid veterans hurt by the Veterans Affairs scandal, Reuters reported.

How providers can engage, empower patients

As healthcare becomes increasingly patient-centered, providers must engage their patients and empower them to become partners in their own care, argues a  Health Affairs  blog post.

There's no place for disruptive behavior in healthcare

Has the healthcare industry gone too far in cracking down on disruptive behavior? Is it okay for doctors to be rude, dismissive and act like jerks if they have superior surgical skills?  Those are the questions raised this week in an article that explored  whether the patient satisfaction movement has gone too far and perhaps, in some cases, disruptive physicians aren't so bad.

Why disruptive docs may not be so bad after all

Has the patient satisfaction movement gone too far? Maybe so, according to  Becker's Hospital Review,  which calls into question the zerio tolerance approach to disruptive doctors, who may actually be better physicians than their counterparts with good bedside manners.  

4 pillars for physician engagement

As shifts in healthcare bring a more intent focus on team-based care and coordination, hospitals can boost  physician engagement  using a framework inspired by the "father of modern sociology," Max Weber, according to an  article  in  Harvard Business Review.

California nurses' union braces for contract battle with Kaiser Permanente

A California nurses' union will begin bargaining negotiations next week with Kaiser Permanente, the eighth largest health system in the country, on a new four-year contract for nurses at its Northern California hospitals,  Kaiser Health News  reports.

Standard handoff practices help children's hospitals cut errors

Hospitals can cut handoff-related errors nearly 70 percent by standardizing care transfers during shift changes, according to a study published ahead of print in the journal Pediatrics.

New ACOs organized despite federal scrutiny

Two Arizona health systems are joining together to launch an accountable care organization (ACO) that will provide coordinated care to about 50,000 members, the organizations announced this week, in hopes of improving outcomes, patient satisfaction and cost savings.

Medicare pilot programs waive three-day admission rule for senior patients

Medicare officials piloting experimental programs across dozens of U.S. hospitals want to know if dropping the requirement that limits nursing home coverage to seniors admitted to the hospital for at least three days can reduce costs and improve care,  Kaiser Health News   reported.

Minnesota physician shortage to emerge in next decade

A physician shortage will emerge in Minnesota in the next decade, according to a study conducted for the Minnesota Hospital Association.