Nursing groups and some safety experts say inadequate nurse staffing is a widespread problem. In June, Massachusetts passed a mandatory ICU nurse staffing law. Similar bills are pending in other states, and there's a bill in Congress to require hospitals to closely track staffing levels.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center has pulled out of the Medicare Pioneer accountable care organization initiative, which has lost nearly half of its 32 original participants.
Federal health officials are warning doctors and patients that two hepatitis C drugs from AbbVie can cause life-threatening liver injury in patients with advanced forms of the disease.
People with knees worn out by arthritis will get more pain relief from joint replacement surgery, but it has more risks and there's a good chance that less drastic approaches also would help, according to the first study to strictly test other treatments against knee replacement.
Most of Delaware's Christiana Care Health System employees are voluntarily vaccinated against the flu—and the system is well on its way to beat the 77.3% vaccination mark set last year among the nation's healthcare workforce.
The risk of death and complication was 71% and 65% lower, respectively, for patients treated at five-star facilities compared with those treated at one-star facilities, according to a HealthGrades analysis released Tuesday.
Maureen Bisognano, 63, is retiring as President and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Cambridge, Mass. She will be succeeded by Derek Feeley, the IHI's executive VP.
Keeping people out of the hospital is a primary goal of Medicare accountable care. For the most financially successful ACOs, however, that proved difficult last year, even with money on the line.
A sweeping proposed rule aimed at significantly improving the quality of care Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries receive in nursing homes is overly burdensome, industry insiders say, while advocates are praising the attempt to bring forth change.
Maureen Bisognano, president and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, plans to retire at the end of the year.
The Obama administration is close to naming the first cohort of Medicare's Next Generation accountable care organizations, according to Dr. Patrick Conway, acting principal deputy administrator and chief medical officer at the CMS.
New research is casting more doubt on the safety and effectiveness of a female contraception method linked to thousands of adverse event reports. Women with the device were much more likely to have complications requiring corrective surgery than those who underwent tubal ligation.