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3 ways hospitals can address healthcare disparities among diverse patient populations

As hospitals around the country try to resolve healthcar e disparities, especially among minority populations,  Massachusetts General Hospital  implemented a series of initiatives to educate providers and staff about communicating with and caring for diverse patient populations, according to an  art icle  in  Hospitals & Health Networks.

Immunization info systems key to boosting vaccination rates

Immunization information systems (IIS) play a key role in helping patients and providers keep up to date on vaccinations and in prevention and effective response to disease outbreaks, according to a blog post at  Health IT Buzz.

Mental health barriers in hospitals lead to standalone urgent care clinics

County health officials in California opened a  mental h ealth  urgent care center in the South Los Angeles this week, in an effort to treat people in immediate crisis, while connecting them with ongoing care,  Kaiser Health News   report ed  in a blog post.

Prescription decision support fails to curb patient costs, boost med adherence

A clinical decision support system aimed at helping providers prescribe the drug least expensive to the patient failed to significantly reduce patients costs or improve medication adherence.

Cleveland hospital dropped HAI rates with hand-washing campaign

MetroHealth Medical Center  in Cleveland, Ohio reduced  hospital-acquired infecti ons (HAIs) and raised  ha nd-washing  compliance to 97.6 percent across various clinical units,  The Plain Dealer   rep orted.

CMS releases first Qualified Entity report on provider performance

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week released its first public report on provider performance and cost using data from Medicare's Data sharing for Performance Measurement, also known as the Qualified Entity Program.

Hospitals must identify disruptive behavior, encourage etiquette-based medicine

As disruptive behavior among physicians increases, hospital leaders must encourage physicians to practice etiquette-based medicine, and promote a sense of empathy and compassion among staff.

How futile care hurts other ICU patients

Care that has no benefit for patients beyond prolonging their lives, also known as futile care, also diverts resources away from other patients who could otherwise survive or recover, according to a study published in Critical Care Medicine.

VA scandal: Full OIG report finds "unacceptable" lapses within Phoenix faciity

The Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General yesterday released its full report on potential obstruction of justice within the Phoenix VA. The report found "unacceptable and troubling" negligence at the facility involving care coordination, follow-up, continuity of care and quality.

California nurses call on hospitals to follow CDC protocol after Ebola scare

California nurses called on federal, state and county health agencies to strictly follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for treating Ebola, after a Sacramento hospital admitted a patient suspected of being exposed to the virus,  FOX 40  reported.