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A culture of patient safety requires education, daily strategies

Seventeen years after the National Patient Safety Foundation's landmark "To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System" report and new research that finds medical errors are the nation's third-leading cause of death, patient safety stands at a crossroads, according to a commentary published in  JAMA.

Collaborative efforts key to medical error data collection

Adjustments on how the healthcare industry collects data on medical errors, especially those that lead to patient death, must be a "collaborative effort," Institute for Healthcare Improvement Vice President Frank Federico tells  FierceHealthcare in an exclusive interview.

Behavioral health screenings: 3 ways to incorporate into patient visits

Left undiagnosed and untreated, adult depression and alcohol use disorders present significant challenges to patients' wellbeing. Here are three ways to incorporate behavioral health screenings in primary care visits.   

Take a lesson from top-performing physicians and follow this simple checklist

A simple checklist, based in part on the actions of top-performing physicians, can create a better experience for patients and families.

Superbug threat grows in DC hospitals

Hospitals in the District of Columbia are a crucial way station for antibiotic-resistant superbugs, according to a new report from the D.C. Hospital Association,

Time for hospitals, physicians to get on board with transparency movement

Guest post by Kent Bottles, M.D., a lecturer at the Thomas Jefferson University School of Population Health To say there is a global disagreement about publicly reported ratings for physician and...

30% of antibiotics prescribed are inappropriate

A study in the  Journal of the American Medical Association  estimates that 30 percent of antibiotics prescribed between 2010 and 2011 were inappropriate.

3 ways to manage patient expectations in the ER

The shift to patient-centered care can create conflicts in the emergency room when a doctor's diagnosis and suggested course of treatment doesn't meet patient expectations. Here are three ways to defuse the tension when patients disagree with clinical decision-making.

Cigna partnership targets opioid addiction, substance use

Cigna will provide the American Society of Addiction Medicine with two years of substance use claims data as part of a partnership to address substance abuse, particularly the growing problem of opioid addiction, according to an announcement released on Tuesday.

AHA16: Physician leaders say MACRA has promise, but won't be easy road

WASHINGTON, D.C.--While the government's new physician payment policies are certain to present challenges for doctors, they are at least a step up from the previous law, healthcare leaders said Tuesday during the American Hospital Association's annual conference.