Patient Care & Outcomes

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VA scandal: 600k vets still waiting a month for treatment

Although the Department of Veterans Affairs announced earlier this month it slashed wait times nearly 18 percent after a nationwide scandal revealed secret waitlists covered up long delays in care, more than 600,000 veterans are still waiting a month or longer for appointments, according to  USA Today.  

Automated calls boost adherence of blood pressure, cholesterol meds

Automated calls can help patients to remember to to refill their blood pressure and cholesterol medications, according to a study published in the  American Journal of Managed Care.

M.D. Anderson docs unhappy with working conditions, patient safety

A year after doctors at University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center complained about their workload and patient safety issues, a physician survey shows the concerns remain.

Evidence-based protocols drive quality improvement

In a new and evolving healthcare market that rewards efficiency and quality care, hospitals must find a way to streamline their systems to put forth better results for patients and more savings for their organizations.

2 Texas hospitals win Baldrige award

Two Texas hospitals received this year's Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the highest Presidential honor for performance excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership.

How ACOs can improve patient engagement

Although Medicar e's Accountable Care Organizations have improved quality and netted savings,  they must improve their patient engagement strategies, acco rding to  a Brookings Institution blog post.   

The case for hiring forensic nurses

Forensic nurses play a critical role in helping victims of domestic abuse, human trafficking and sexual assault, thus making the specialization of the fastest-growing in nursing. But despite the comfort these professionals offer patients and the value they provide hospitals, the forensic nursing profession may be endangered by a lack of people willing to do the job and a low perceived need for hospitals to hire them.

Patients embrace sharing doc notes with family, caregivers

Patients are increasingly using technology to share their health information with family or friends, and access to information is causing them to pay better attention to their care, according to a recent study.

Pittsburgh VA head fired for poor leadership conduct

The head of the Veterans Affairs healthcare system in Pittsburgh was fired Thursday for unspecified conduct unbecoming a senior executive" and wasteful spending, the  Washington Post  reports.

ONC outlines 10-year vision for HIT-enabled quality improvement

Creating a learning healthcare system will require more closely aligning the tools, teams and goals of clinical decision support (CDS) and clinical quality measures (CQM) efforts, according to a blog post at  Health IT Buzz. The Office of the National Coordinator has released a paper outlining its 10-year vision for harnessing health IT for quality improvement, which it describes as interdependent with its efforts to achieve interoperability.