Patient Care & Outcomes

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Olympus waited to alert U.S. hospitals of scopes' superbug risk

Olympus Corp. warned hospitals in Europe about the risk of patient infections associated with a certain type of gastrointestinal scope two years before the devices were linked to a deadly superbug outbreak in California, the  Los Angeles Times  reports.

EHR fraud: A slippery slope

The future of health IT was looking pretty rosy this week in the afterglow of last week's annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society conference in Chicago. Interoperability....

What health insurance can learn from life and auto insurance

The health insurance industry could learn a thing or two from other industries in terms of how to make purchasing coverage more personalized and convenient for consumers.  FierceHealthPayer  rounded up examples from the life and auto industries to shed light on how payers can earn their members' trust and make the experience more both quicker and more enjoyable.

Number of ACOs on the rise, but growing at slower pace

Even as numerous providers drop out of Medicare's Pioneer Accountable Care Organization program, the overall number of ACOs increased in 2014 at a slightly slower pace than the previous year, according to an analysis from consulting firm Oliver Wyman.

Hospital-acquired conditions more likely for patients admitted on weekends

A new study that found patients are more likely to experience hospital-acquired conditions on the weekend raises important questions about what causes HACs as well as highlights how much work still needs to be done to cut down on these adverse events, according to an accompanying opinion piece.

4 strategies to measure the effect of team-based education

To measure interprofessional education's impact on healthcare outcomes and delivery, educators, healthcare leaders and policymakers must embrace four strategies, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine.

Patient experience tip: Forget customer service and show sincerity

It's been seven weeks since my odyssey to heal a badly fractured wrist began, and I'm happy to report that it's just about over. Through this journey, I've made stops to numerous...

Glimmers of hope on the interoperability horizon

Andy Slavitt sounded every bit the part of a an administrator looking to fundamentally change the way healthcare is delivered during his shared keynote address with National Coordinator for Health...

EHRs help patients track, retain health insurance coverage

Electronic health records can be used as a source to validate a patient's health insurance coverage, which can help patients maintain insurance benefits and enjoy more continuity of care, according to a study published in the  Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Complex observation-status rules complicate patient care

The convoluted nature of Medicare's rules on observation status and follow-up care has significant financial implications for beneficiaries, according to a study from the American Association of Retired Persons