Patient Care & Outcomes

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Healthcare must embrace transparency, not 'translucency'

Outcomes transparency is a hot topic among healthcare leaders, but many leaders see it as a marketing tool, which misses the point, according to a blog post from the Harvard Business Review.

Why healthcare must fight against doc, nurse burnout

Healthcare leaders have a responsibility to lessen clinician burnout not only for the benefit of their employees, but also to improve the quality of patient care, according to a post from  Hospitals & Health Networks Daily.

Narrow network plans offer same quality as other plans

Although narrow network plans, which are commonly sold on the health insurance exchanges, offer far fewer hospitals and doctors for consumers to choose from, they still deliver similar or better quality care as other plans, according to a study published in Health Affairs.

Timely patient satisfaction surveys: No longer an option

Guest post by Tom Scaletta, M.D., emergency department medical director at Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare, a health system that comprises three hospitals and serves 1.7 million residents in the west and...

5 ways nurses can improve their patient education skills

There's no question that nurses play a major role in health outcomes, which makes it all the more critical that they improve their ability to engage and educate patients. Here are five suggestions from American Sentinel University that nurses can use to boost patient education.

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.

'Yelp for hospitals': New site offers healthcare ratings

A new site that aims to become the hospital equivalent of Yelp premiered this week, TIME reports.

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.

Non-group enrollment spiked in 2015

Nearly 59 percent of eligible consumers enrolled in a marketplace plan in 2015,  a 48 percent jump from last year's open enrollment period, according to a recent analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Larger urban hospitals tend to disappoint patients

A large teaching hospital may have an edge in size and resources compared to smaller institutions, but it may be lacking in patient satisfaction.