As the need for charity care drops, some hospitals and health systems across the country are targeting funds to address societal ills such as poverty, violence, hunger, poor nutrition and lack of housing.
Data Points for the week of Nov. 23, 2015, covered the following topics: Privatizing veterans hospitals, HIV, number of uninsured Americans
Prescribing a climate remedy: Healthcare leaders aim to affect international climate change negotiations
For an industry that loves to promote the “triple aim” buzz phrase, the U.S. healthcare system often leaves out one important element.
An editorial published in JAMA this September saw a “glimmer of hope” that U.S. obesity (and diabetes) rates had leveled off. But results of a new survey show obesity continuing to creep upward with women having higher rates than men and both having increasing rates as they get older.
When a MRSA outbreak affecting at least 22 patients and employees at the Park Manor Nursing Home was confirmed in the summer of 2006, the medical director didn't know where to begin, but a spreadsheet on antibiotic use helped put the problem into sharp focus.
Intensive use of patient data for clinical and cost improvement are hallmarks of the hospitals that made this year's list of Truven Health Analytics' 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in the U.S.
Hospitals that can prove they have effective strategies for reducing rates of hospital-acquired blood clots could win up to $10,000 from the federal government. Fewer than half of hospital patients, the CDC says, receive appropriate inpatient prevention methods.
Data Points for the week of Oct. 19, 2015, covered the following topics: Gun violence, mass shootings, costs of gun violence, firearm deaths
Diagnostic decision-support software programs have been available for decades. “And they have been underutilized for decades,” said Dr. Mark Graber, a member of the National Academy of Medicine's Committee on Diagnostic Error in Healthcare. “That's the real shame.”
As public health officials continue to make connections between health and societal factors, there's mounting evidence that diseases once considered exotic are taking root in the poorest areas of the U.S.
A year ago, a General Motors engine plant disconnected from the city of Flint's water supply after discovering its mineral-laden water was causing newly manufactured car parts to rust. It was the proverbial canary in the coal mine.
Data Points for the week of Oct. 12, 2015, covered the following topics: Public health, pediatric care