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Why 60% of nurses say their hospitals fail to provide 'excellent' care

November 7, 2018

In 1999, the National Academy of Medicine, then-called the Institute of Medicine, released a landmark report "To Err is Human" that concluded nurse work environments needed to improve to reduce patient harm, yet nurses at many hospitals say patient safety remains a concern, a new study finds.

New research warns against minimally invasive cervical cancer surgery

November 7, 2018

Minimally invasive surgery for cervical cancer is more likely to lead to cancer recurrence and death than open abdominal surgery, according to new research.

How this hospital cut patient handoffs by 25% (and made physicians' lives easier)

November 7, 2018

Seattle Children's Hospital five years ago implemented so-called "waterfall" shifts in the emergency department—leading to a significant decrease in patient handoffs, improvements in patient safety, and greater collaboration among physicians.

Hospital-acquired infections have fallen by 16% (but the news isn't all good)

November 6, 2018

A CDC study suggests U.S. hospitals lowered hospital-acquired infection rates since the Affordable Care Act's Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program was implemented in 2012—but some infections are proving more difficult to reduce than others.

The best nursing homes, according to US News

November 2, 2018

U.S. News & World Report released its Best Nursing Homes for 2018-2019, as well as a new Nursing Home Finder to help people conduct customized searches for highly rated nursing homes.

CMS releases new quality data for SNFs

November 1, 2018

CMS has posted new quality data for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), which the agency says "can demonstrate how a SNF's performance on … quality measures compares to that of other SNFs, as well as to the national average."

Inside the 'room of horrors' where med students learn about patient safety

October 31, 2018

Students at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine do not just learn about patient safety in the classroom, they get to experience it firsthand in the school's "patient safety room of horrors."

Providers are shifting to value-based payment models, report finds

October 31, 2018

About one-third of health care payments made last year were associated with value-based models, suggesting the health care industry is steadily moving away from the traditional fee-for-service model, according to a progress report by the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network.

Hospitals' designs can affect patient experience, outcomes

October 31, 2018

Cheryl Heller, founding chair of the first MFA program in Design for Social Innovation at the School of Visual Arts, notes that health care leaders increasingly are recognizing the important role hospital architecture plays in patient experience and outcomes, as well as in the community.

The top 10 health care innovations for 2019, according to Cleveland Clinic

October 30, 2018

Cleveland Clinic's annual list of the top 10 medical innovations that it predicts will "transform health care in 2019" includes advances in 3-D printing, artificial intelligence, and immunotherapies.

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