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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.