Behavioral health behind bars and beyond

By Andis Robeznieks  |  August 01, 2015

Cook County (Ill.) Jail is trying to shed its reputation as the “nation's largest mental health institution,” and it is leading a nationwide movement with jailhouse and community treatment strategies to keep inmates with mental illness from returning.

Giving newborns distinct names cuts errors

By Maureen McKinney  |  August 01, 2015

Dr. Jason Adelman had long suspected that the naming system most hospitals use to temporarily identify newborns in the neonatal intensive-care unit could lead to confusion and wrong-patient errors. A new naming system showed how right he was.

Trying to soar with feet stuck in mud, and other letters

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 01, 2015

There are advances being made in healthcare that border on the stunning. Witness the gains made by Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong as one example. Despite laudable gains in knowledge and therapeutics, our healthcare picture remains saddled by inefficiencies and an unsustainable cost structure. In that same...

Do screams give you the heebie-jeebies? Here's why

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 01, 2015

Of all the loud and annoying sounds in everyday life, few have the ability to command our attention like a scream—whether it's a crying baby, shrieking preteens or late-night revelers. It turns out there's a reason for that.

AMA, other groups take on patient drug abuse

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  July 29, 2015

Several of the country's largest physician organizations are collaborating to address the recent rise in drug-overdose deaths that are due, in part, to the increased use of prescription opioid painkillers.

Bad metrics put patients at risk, prevent providers from improving

By Sabriya Rice  |  July 28, 2015

The hospitals most likely to be penalized under the federal hospital-acquired-condition reduction program are those that are Joint Commission accredited and do well on other publicly reported quality measures, a new study finds.

Webinar will share best practices on paying doctors for quality

By Sabriya Rice  |  July 25, 2015

Efforts to pay physicians for quality outcomes face challenges—such as complex compensation models, poor alignment of goals and lack of clearly defined measures—that can result in failed efforts. Thus, adoption of pay-for-quality programs for physicians has lagged.

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