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Restraint and confinement still an everyday practice in mental health settings

lthough control intervention techniques such as restraints and confinement are known patient safety risks, a new study from the University of Waterloo reveals that almost 1 in 4 psychiatric patients in Ontario hospitals are subjected to mental and physical control intervention.

OIG: Delays, scheduling violations plague VA's private-care fix

More than a year after the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) came under fire for care delays, a heavily-touted solution that would allow veterans to seek private healthcare suffers from similar problems, according to a new report from the VA Office of Inspector General.

Despite patient risks, most docs, nurse practitioners go to work when sick

Although they know the risks it poses to patients, most doctors and advanced practice clinicians admit they go to work when sick due to staffing concerns and because they don't want to let their colleagues and patients down, according to a new survey published in  JAMA Pediatrics.  

Do patient navigators really help? Depends on who you ask

Although many providers incorporate patient navigators into  cancer programs to boost patient outcomes and coordinate care, it's unclear whether these individuals actually help patients or save money, according to  The Washington Post.

Improved continuity of care could save billions of dollars, study says

Streamlining the continuity of care among Medicare patients could save the United States hundreds of billions of dollars a year, has reported.

Hospitals shift from episodic care to population health initiatives

New payment structures conceived as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are prompting hospitals to shift away from treating patients on a case-by-case basis to instead adopt a population health model focusing on chronic conditions such as diabetes and obesity, the Philadelphia Inquirer has reported.

States set cost limits for pricey prescription drugs

In an effort to limit consumer spending on specialty drugs, several states have capped the out-of-pocket payments of patients in private health plans. 

Hand-hygiene compliance booster: On-the-spot intervention

Organizations can dramatically improve hand-hygiene compliance when infection control personnel provide on-the-spot intervention, according to a study presented at last week's Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology 2015 annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee.

CMS to update Hospital Compare rankings with critical access data

After introducing a five-star scale ranking hospitals on patient experience earlier this year, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Hospital Compare site will release a second round of rankings including data for critical access hospitals, according to AHA News Now.

Transgender patients form their own health referral networks

A transgender advocacy group has created a directory of physicians and other caregivers that rates the providers on how knowledgeable and non-discriminatory they are regarding trans and genderfluid patients, according to Boston Public Radio's  Common Health  blog.