Patient Care & Outcomes

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Global patient safety improvement effort needed

Already identified as the third leading cause of death in the United States, preventable medical errors are also a major global health concern that for too long have been accepted as inevitable, according to a new report by the World Innovation Summit for Health, a global initiative of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development.

Boeing collaborates with Seattle hospitals on ACOs

Aerospace company Boeing has joined Seattle's two biggest providers, UW Medicine and the Providence-Swedish Health Alliance in accountable care organization agreements.

5 ways to improve the palliative-care patient experience

Palliative care providers can significantly reduce their patients' risk of unnecessary physical and emotional discomfort if they meet 10 quality measures, according to new research published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.

CMS aims to change how providers, payers pay for cancer treatment

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is planning to implement new specialty payment and delivery models designed to improve oncology care at a lower cost for Medicare beneficiaries, the agency recently  announced.

Priority Health to cover comprehensive genetic testing

Michigan-based Priority Health plans a bold step in cancer detection and treatment: It will cover the cost of comprehensive genomic profiling for members diagnosed with aggressive forms of cancer.

Big pharma's pricing a significant factor in driving up current healthcare spending

There's currently a schism between healthcare prices and healthcare spending. Prices are budging only grudgingly. That's likely the confluence of the Great Recession, the Affordable Care Act...

GAO: Lack of interoperability between DoD, VA health records is 'high risk'

The inability of the Veterans Administration and the Department of Defense to share healthcare data electronically has become such a significant concern that the Government Accountability Office has added the problem to its list of "high risk" areas.

Hospital governance often has a quality disconnect

Hospital boards often take on the big tasks of fundraising, finance, and hiring and firing chief executive officers, but many take a hands-off approach to quality issues, the  New York Times  reported.

Healthcare delivery the Seattle way

Aerospace giant Boeing wants cost savings to take flight via two large accountable care organization efforts with Seattle's biggest providers.

Portal effect on outcomes 'weak' without more evidence

Patient portals have "great potential" to improve quality and outcomes, but there's not enough evidence to determine if they're actually doing so, according to a new study in the  Journal of Medical Internal Research.