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Medical marijuana benefits: Lower death, overdose rates in states that legalize drug

States that have legalized the use of medical marijuana have lower opioid overdose mortality rates, according to new research in  JAMA Internal Medicine

Study: Higher Medicaid reimbursement leads to more cancer screenings

When Medicaid programs provide higher reimbursements for doctors' office visits, Medicaid members are more likely to receive cancer screenings for breast, cervical and colorectal cancers, according to a  study  published in the journal,  Cancer.

Strategic hospital room design hastens patient recovery, minimizes staff errors

Patient room design may do more than boost patient satisfaction--it could actually reduce the amount of pain patients experience, lead to shorter hospital stays and decrease physician and staff errors.

Redesigned alert reduces catheter-associated UTIs

Clinical decision support alerts reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections, but simpler, redesigned ones can reduce them "dramatically," according to a new study in  Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.

How extra Ebola precautions could backfire

Healthcare providers' precautions against the Ebola virus may have the opposite of the intended effect, according to a report in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

The 3 Ps of patient experience

Guest post by Jason A. Wolf, Ph.D., president of The Beryl Institute, where he specializes in organizational effectiveness, service excellence and high performance in healthcare. I shared in...

Experts refute results of CMS patient safety program

Although the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services boasts of patient safety improvements through its Partnership for Patients program, an opinion piece in the  New England Journal of Medicine  questions whether the initiative actually improved patient care.

Changes in EHR use, QI initiatives help clinics to improve care

Small clinics often lack experience with quality improvement initiatives and electronic clinical data to help patients with diabetes, according to a case study of the Utah Beacon Experience. But with proper training, such facilities can use those resources to improve patient care.

Payer-provider relationship key to driving value-based care

Experimentation is the name of the game in a vastly complex healthcare industry. Insurers toy with new, innovative payment methods constantly, and all have a similar goal in mind: improve the quality of care while also lowering costs.

Clinicians must address cost, quality of care to reduce spending

As patients gain more control over their healthcare and demand more of a role in the decision-making process, hospitals, doctors and front-line workers must engage them in conversations about cost and quality care matters, panelists agreed during an Institute for Healthcare Improvement discussion Thursday afternoon.