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Watchdog group: Audit California hospitals' adverse events reporting

A watchdog group called on California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) to audit hospitals for medical errors in the wake of a local news report that found details on such events are not readily available.

To keep costs down, consumers must act as advocates for cost and quality

If there is any chance of containing costs in the healthcare system, patients will have to be vigorous consumers who are curious about how much they pay for their care and advocate for keeping prices in check, Marketwatch reported.

Unnecessary cardiac stress test imaging costs $501M a year

The overuse of imaging services for cardiac patients takes a fiscal toll on both the healthcare system and the patients who undergo them, the American Journal of Managed Care reported.

Reduce nurse fatigue with 40-hour workweeks, no forced overtime

Nurses shouldn't be required to work overtime to cover staffing shortages, the American Nurses Association (ANA) said in a position paper released last week that called for hospitals and nurses should work together to reduce nurse fatigue and possible harm to patients.

Rural healthcare in crisis: What does the future hold?

Rural healthcare providers are at a crossroads. Faced with the same problems as the rest of the industry as it transitions from a fee-for-service model to value-based care, rural providers must also...

3 reasons for provider moderation in health IT use

While digital tools enhancing communication between physicians and patients has been proven an effective method for boosting medication adherence for some patients, their use should be approached with caution, according to Esther Choo, an assistant professor at Warren Alpert Medical School in Providence, Rhode Island.

Healthcare should focus less on innovation, more on imitation

Hospitals should focus less on innovation and more on imitating proven approaches that actually work and adapt them for industry use, according to a  Harvard Business Review  article.

Medication adherence: Research finds no easy way to get patients to take prescribed drugs

Half of patients don't take their medications as prescribed, but despite efforts to encourage patients to take the necessary drugs, new research published in The Cochrane Library  indicates there is no effective intervention

Older adults sicker in U.S. than other countries

Older American adults are sicker than those in 10 other countries, with nearly seven in 10 dealing with at least two chronic conditions, according to an international survey published in Health Affairs.

Hand-hygiene strategies for healthcare workers--what really works?

The problem of inadequate hand hygiene has persisted in hospitals partly because traditional strategies, such as awareness posters, have "grown stale," while inherent flaws in other initiatives, such as urging patients to remind clinicians to wash their hands, have limited their effectiveness, according to a research article from  BMC Infectious Diseases.