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How to reduce "sundowning" delirium in elderly patients

Many of the everyday realities of being in the hospital--bright lights, loud and unusual noises, unfamiliar surroundings--appear to contribute to the phenomenon of "sundowning," in which some elderly patients become delirious at night, a doctor in Boston's Cambridge Health Alliance writes in  WBUR  radio's health blog.

New addiction treatment options offer reasons for hope, skepticism

New treatment options provide additional avenues for opioid addicts to get clean, but some have begun to question the trajectory and duration of the paths offered by some popular clinics, according to an  NPR story.

Experts call for reform of global infectious disease protocols

Over a year after fears of the West African Ebola epidemic gripped the U.S. healthcare epidemic, a panel of experts called for far-reaching reforms in how public health organizations handle the threat of infectious disease.

The danger of prescribing opioids at discharge

Non-opioid users prescribed painkillers upon hospital discharge were nearly five times more likely to become chronic opioid users after a year than patients not prescribed opioids when discharged, a recent study published in the  Journal of General Internal Medicine  found.

Value-based purchasing scores remain volatile

Data from Medicare's value-based purchasing program contain broad variations and few clear patterns, according to a new report from Leavitt Partners, and the report's author says it may take solutions such as a separate program for low-volume hospitals or combining Medicare's care-quality programs to achieve meaningful improvements.

Report: HIE-sponsored PHRs offer 'one-stop shopping'

Health information exchanges may wish to consider offering personal health records as part of their array of services, according to a report recently unveiled by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

ONC: Rural communities working to adopt health IT need more financial support

Providers in rural areas are working to incorporate health IT into their practices in order to improve patient care, but could use more financial support, according to a new blog post from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

Remote patient monitoring tools gaining traction for chronic disease management

More than half of hospitals and health systems responding to a new survey are deploying remote patient monitoring systems to achieve operational efficiencies, improve risk management and boost care quality and control costs, according to Spyglass Consulting Group.

Hospitals push again on new 340B guidance

As the federal government continues to push new guidance regarding how the 340B drug discount program operates, the American Hospital Association (AHA) and its members continue to prod Congress to ensure that the changes do not go too far.

CMS okays Medicaid money for housing

The Obama administration has signed off on the use of Medicaid funds to house enrollees, possibly creating a path that would not only bring down the homeless population but also cut down on hospital costs.