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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. 

Texas struggles with citizenship glitches in ACA healthcare marketplace

Health advocates in Texas are helping the state's minority population overcome language barriers, technical issues and low awareness of who is eligible to obtain health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Patient satisfaction may not correlate with care quality

Care quality and patient satisfaction do not necessarily correlate, according to a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

6 ways nurses can reduce patient suffering

In order to boost patient satisfaction and reduce suffering throughout the healthcare continuum, nurses must improve the perception of patient care that they provide every day, according to Advance Healthcare Network for Nurses.

Hospital will release patients treated for Ebola as virus scares continue

Atlanta's Emory University Hospital will discharge two American aid workers treated for the Ebola virus today,  USA Today  reports, but virus scares continue to pop up throughout the country.  

Study: Improve outpatient care to prevent repeat ER visits for acute heart failure

Nearly one-third of acute heart failure patients seen in hospital emergency departments in Florida and California during 2010 returned to the emergency setting the following year, according to a study recently published in  Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

Be a better CEO: The chief empathy officer

As hospitals and health systems consolidate into large companies that focus more on the bottom line, healthcare leaders must remember the importance of empathy and humanity, according to  a  blog post from Eric J. Hall, president & CEO of HealthCare Chaplaincy Network in New York, New York. 

How Mass General uses predictive analytics to bolster patient care

The use of predictive analytics has helped to improve the efficiency of care delivered by providers at Massachusetts General Hospital. In particular, a search-engine tool developed in 2007 known as the Queriable Patient Interface Dossier (QPID) has been key to those efforts.