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3 ways for physician practices to promote antimicrobial stewardship

Roughly 23,000 people die from incurable, antibiotic-resistant infections in the United States each year.  But despite the severity of the problem, office-based physicians are up against a multitude of challenges--from  pressure to appease patients to lack of time to provide education--in curbing unnecessary prescriptions.

Pharmacist-physician collaboration cuts hospitalization, ED use

New research finds collaboration between physicians and pharmacists can reduce asthma hospitalizations, Pharmacy Times reports.

Access to hospital beds may lead to overtreatment, unnecessary care

More people in New York and New Jersey die in the hospital because the region has more than enough beds to offer, leading to more tests, treatments and prescriptions and people dying in the intensive care unit on a feeding tube or a ventilator,  Kaiser Health News,  National Public Radio  and  WNYC  reported.

Physician-led ACOs: Secrets to success

As the healthcare industry considers value-based healthcare models, organizations can look to physician-led  accountable care organizatio ns  for successful examples.  Doctors lead more than 200 ACOs across the country--far greater than the ACOs run by h ospitals.

"Drive-by doctoring" drives up hospital costs

Specialty surgeons insert themselves into medical procedures--often without the knowledge of the patient--driving up costs considerably, the New York Times reported.

5 patient-care observation tools for hospital execs

Guest post by Andrea J. Simon, Ph.D., former marketing, branding and culture change senior vice president at Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Michigan. She also is president and CEO of Simon...

Flu vaccinations still too low among healthcare workers

Flu vaccine coverage is inadequate for healthcare workers, according to a report published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Community programs help cut healthcare "super-users"

Programs focused on healthcare "super-users"--the small percentage of Medicaid patients who make up most of the program's spending--are making progress reducing spending and hospitalizations, according to USA Today.

Dying in America: Healthcare leaders must bolster end-of-life care discussions, efforts

Healthcare leaders and providers must become comfortable talking about end-of-life care and death with patients, as the discussion is more important now than ever before, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine.

Former VA doc, whistleblower says OIG report on care delays is a farce

Experts and doctors once involved in the Department of Veteran Affairs healthcare system said they don't believe the agency's Inspector General's report captured the impact delays in care had on veteran deaths during a heated hearing in front of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs this week.