Patient Care & Outcomes

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Painkiller restrictions too strict, some docs say

Despite the progress made in reducing the threat of prescription painkiller addiction and abuse, some physicians, including those who once supported tighter laws and regulations, say the restrictions have gone too far in preventing medication access for people in need, according to an article from the  Tampa Bay Times.

Will Medicare reimburse end-of-life planning?

As  predi cted, the  American M edical Association  issued recommendations for Medicare to cover end-of-life discussions with patients, a change that could prompt physicians to initiate these conversations more often, according to an  arti cle  from the  New York Times.

EHRs can increase routine testing for HIV

Electronic health records can help increase testing of patients for HIV and identify previously unknown cases of the disease, according to a study published recently in the  Journal of the American Medical Association.

New surgical guidelines seek to standardize pediatric care

Hospitals hope new guidelines will standardize surgical care for children, according to the  Wall Street Journal. 

Education, pre-surgery prep key to preventing hospital-acquired infections

Two new studies reveal how hospitals can tailor their  infectio n-control programs  to best battle  hos pital-acquired infections.

Hospitals expand visiting hours to accommodate patients, families

Several Tennessee hospitals recently expanded their vistation hours in an effort to better engage patients and families, the  Times Free Press  reported.

Smaller military hospitals hurt patient outcomes

Many military hospitals are too small with too few patients to produce quality outcomes for patients, according to a  New York Times investigation.

Video monitoring can detect heart disease

Video monitoring that can detect changes in blood flow in the face is effective in detecting atrial fibrillation, a condition in which the upper and lower chambers of the heart beat out of sync, according to a new study.

Self-monitoring helps hypertensive patients to drop BP rates

Self-monitoring by patients with hypertension led to a drop in blood-pressure levels over the course of a year, according to research published this week in the  Journal of the American Medical Association.

Insurers and hospitals clash over out-of-pocket expenses

Insurers have a bone to pick with certain New Jersey hospitals. Bayonne Medical Center, in particular, is reaping the benefits from the state's regulation that restricts balance billing,  reports  Healthcare Dive.