Patient Care & Outcomes

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Patients not the culprit for unnecessary care

Doctors and nurses often blame patients' demands for the costly habit of providing unnecessary care, but a new study published in  JAMA Oncology  suggests this theory may not hold water.

How America is fairing with two days of open enrollment left

With two days left until open enrollment closes on and state insurance exchanges, industry officials are upping their marketing and outreach efforts to ensure Americans sign up for health insurance.

Wisconsin hospital collaborative saves $87M

A collaborative effort by Wisconsin's hospitals to improve quality led to a big payday: An estimated $87 million in savings as reported by the Wisconsin Hospital Association. 

Pre-term births cost one city's hospitals $93M a year

How much does preterm births cost hospitals? The tab for a single county that includes a mid-size Midwestern city is nearly $100 million a year.

Don't blame patients for unnecessary care

Despite the commonly held notion that patient demand drives doctors to perform unnecessary tests and procedures, new research indicates this may not be the case at all.

'Body mechanics' can't save nurses from back injuries

In addition to the prevalent workplace violence they face, nurses also frequently suffer musculoskeletal injuries on the job. The reason for the latter workplace danger is simple, according to an  NPR  report--even the "proper" method taught to many clinicians for how to lift patients can't protect them from serious back problems.

Report: Patients prefer to connect with providers in person, over the phone

Despite the plethora of technologies available to help patients connect with their care providers, most still prefer to communicate in person or over the phone, according to Salesforce's "2015 State of the Connected Patient" report.

Improved hand-hygiene compliance may pose hidden danger

Healthcare providers' emphasis on improving hand hygiene among workers may also be increasing dermatitis, according to a study from the University of Manchester.

Fewer alarms net positive results for Abbott Northwestern Hospital

In an effort to cut down on alarm fatigue, Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis took steps to reduce the number of alarms it uses while making sure staff didn't miss patient emergencies.

Hospital productivity better than previously thought

Despite previous research that claims otherwise, productivity at U.S. hospitals grew significantly between 2002 and 2011, according to a study published online in  Health Affairs.