Patients' unwillingness to follow a weight-loss plan is the most challenging part of treating obese patients, say 36 percent of healthcare providers. That's according to a recent survey published in Medscape of close to 1,500 clinicians, including both primary care providers and specialists.
African-American patients fare better in hospitals that treat a racially diverse population than in mostly-white hospitals. Furthermore, they end up paying less for their care, according to a report in The American Journal of Gastroenterology.
The changes to physician payment models driven by the industry's shift in focus to value-based care create a positive environment for patient-centered medical homes to thrive, according to an article in RevCycle Intelligence.
A report examining studies conducted on outcomes of diabetes patients related to secure messaging in an electronic health record system show that use of such technology can help improve hemoglobin A1c levels, but secondary outcomes were inconsistent.
Too few people understand that bedside nurses are the providers in charge of the functions that "very often determine health outcomes and the procurement of ethical care," according to a Huffington Post blogger.
The prices of specialized healthcare services continue to skyrocket and some policy experts have suggested a new payment alternative for patients: Mortgages.
A new study of some 3,000 hospitals' risk-adjusted records from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Hospital Compare has concluded that there is a closer correlation between levels of patient satisfaction and clinical outcomes such as readmissions than originally thought.
In an exclusive interview with FierceHealthcare, Christopher Dawes, president and CEO of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, discusses consolidations to expand pediatric specialty services and the importance of cultural alignment.
Clinical decision support systems malfunction more often than expected and are frequently undetected before they reach users, which could lead to major patient safety problems, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.
A new Consumer Reports investigation reveals numerous instances of doctors behaving badly but still practicing medicine illustrates the need for greater transparency in healthcare.