Making a major medical decision is challenging for patients, with an increasingly complex list of factors to weigh, including everything from quality of life to financial expense. And while this process is highly influenced by patients' emotions, new tools for physicians can use data to fairly accurately weigh the risks and benefits of many treatments and procedures.
In a world where patients and consumers can look up healthcare prices and hospital ratings online, the industry faces increased competition and transparency, and must enhance patient experience to stay relevant, according to a recent Forbes piece.
Patients increasingly have access to their health records, and that means finding ways to improve access and ensure patients know how to use the information, according to panelists at a health summit Monday.
Physicians often labor under what is described as a "culture of perfection" that deflects efforts to reduce the number of medical errors in hospital settings.
When it comes to high-pri ced clinical treatments with murky evidence of effectiveness, proton beam therapy takes the cake. As hospitals rake in the profits, payers are left with the bill for a treatment that can cost $30, 000 more than other types of radiation therapies.
Eighty-two Illinois hospitals will pay more than $16 million in collective readmission penalties for not reducing their preventable readmissions, the state Department of Healthcare and Family Services announced last week.
Fallout over Baltimore Ravens' Ray Rice's assault of his then-fiancee Janay Palmer has renewed the conversation on domestic violence and how various healthcare providers collaborate on programs to aid victims.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT jumped into National Health IT Week in the District of Columbia by placing the focus on the consumers' role in their own healthcare.
The death of Joan Rivers has increased scrutiny of outpatient medical centers and ambulatory surgery centers, according to PBS Newshour.
Healthcare leaders and hospital CEOs have a personal and profession responsibility to lead by example when it comes to preventing and managing chronic conditions like heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes, author Kim Ryan, CEO of Eastside Medical Center in Snellville, Georgia, writes in Hospitals & Health Networks.