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"Management By Walking Around" may hurt outcomes

The Management-By-Walking-Around technique, in which hospital leaders directly interact with frontline staff to seek suggestions for improvement or resolve problems, may do more harm than good, according to a new study published in Production and Operations Management.

ICD-10 delay: How providers should respond

While it's clear that the ICD-10 deadline will be pushed back for the second time in nearly two years thanks to the inclusion of a delay in the latest sustainable growth rate patch legislation, what's not so clear is what comes next for both providers and payers. In a pair of recent posts, Deloitte Healthcare Provider Lead Mitch Morris and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO John Halamka offer up a few suggestions.

Aetna International tech chief talks strategy

Aetna has placed technology at the center of its efforts to offer customers, partners and employees information anytime, anywhere, on any device, according to Rick Jeandell, chief technology officer of Aetna International.

Teaching hospital leaders-drug company affiliation raise conflict of interest concerns

Academic medical center leaders who serve on pharmaceutical company boards could create a conflict of interest or foster competition between institutional oversight responsibilities and individual clinical and research practices, according to an article published in the  Journal of the American Medical Association.

Study: 'White coat' hypertension may alter treatment decisions

Physicians have known about the "white coat hypertension" phenomenon for decades, but new research suggests that patient nervousness in the office may be dramatic enough to falsely diagnose some patients with high blood pressure, the  New York Times  reported. The implications of elevated blood-pressure readings affect treatment decisions as well as practices' tracking of quality metrics under systems of pay-for-performance.

Healthcare workers tip obesity scale

Employees in the healthcare field have higher obesity rates than almost any other category, according to a study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine.

Costs, LOS increase with hospitalist workloads

Heavier hospitalist workloads may lead to longer lengths of stay and higher costs, according to a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

ThedaCare Center CEO: Engage front-line hospital workers to boost patient safety, quality care

Senior healthcare leaders need to simplify their approach to patient safety and quality measures, and give front-line workers the opportunity to provide the best care possibly by creating an environment that fosters open communication and team work, according to John Toussaint, M.D., chief executive officer of ThedaCare.

Patient observation boosted physician hand hygiene

Patient observation could be the key to healthcare worker hand hygiene, according to a new Canadian study published in the  American Journal of Infection Control. 

4 ways to improve the nursing environment, patient safety

The nursing world has changed for the better throughout the past decade, but there is room for improvement as patients remain at risk for serious harm and disruptive behavior in the workplace continues, according to a new brief from the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation.