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3 reasons nurses report to work sick

Fear of punishment, strict attendance policies and lack of staff coverage are three reasons nurses go to work when sick even though they are well aware of the risks it poses to patients.

Pioneer ACOs reduced low-value services in year one of Medicare program

Medicare's Pioneer accountable care organizations led to a slight drop in "low-value" services their first year, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Improved doc-patient communication linked to reduced readmissions

Although many hospitals invest in hotel-like amenities to improve the patient experience, leaders would be better off spending more money on improving caregiver-patient communication, the number-one factor in preventable readmissions, according to research published in  Management Science.

EMR-based model predicts patients' healthcare needs 6 months out

Using data from HealthInfoNet, Maine's health information exchange, researchers have created an electronic medical record-based online risk model to predict the healthcare resources patients would need six months out.

VA scandal: Senate panel blasts continued whistleblower reprisals

The movement for reforms within the Department of Veterans Affairs has largely focused on reducing wait times at VA facilities, but advocates say there's still a culture in which whistleblowers are discouraged or punished. Now a whistleblower advocacy group says the department has made little progress on the issue a year later, according to the Associated Press.

How tracking its own outcomes data helps Cleveland Clinic improve care for others

Cleveland Clinic strives not only to track outcomes within the system, but to publish the outcomes it tracks to help itself, as well as physicians around the world, improve care, according to an article at  Harvard Business Review.

Patient safety experts believe new IOM diagnostic error report will help save lives

Patient safety experts say the Institute of Medicine's new report on reducing diagnostic errors is a "major milestone" in the effort to improve diagnoses and will save lives and improve care.

EHRs don't adequately support integration of primary care, behavioral health

Many electronic health records are a "burden" to the integration of primary care and behavioral health, requiring providers to resort to workarounds, according to a study in the  Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.

Internal medicine board joins groups looking to overhaul MOC process

Less than a week after the American Board of Anesthesiology announced that it would replace its 10-year maintenance of certification exam with continuous online testing next year, the American Board of Internal Medicine has revealed the possibility of similar plans, Medscape Medical News reported.

Updated federal HIT strategic plan focuses on person-centered care

An updated version of the Department of Health and Human Services' federal health IT strategic plan will focus on ensuring care is more person-centered, federal officials said on a call Monday.