Clostridium difficile (C. diff) bacteria exists all around us. C. diff infection is a serious disease that takes a heavy toll on the people afflicted with it. C. diff spores are easily spread and extremely difficult to kill. C. diff is a serious problem with serious consequences, within the...
The trade group for independent oncologists sued the federal government over the Medicare sequester cut to Part B drugs, arguing that Congress never gave HHS authority to change the reimbursement formula.
More than 420 independent oncology clinics have closed and nearly 660 have been acquired by hospitals in the last decade. Community oncologists blame Medicare Part B payment cuts and 340B program growth.
Oncologists often feel pressure from breast cancer patients to provide longer and more costly treatments even when the patient is eligible for less aggressive options, a new study revealed.
Having worked in mental health for 30-plus years, led systems in three states and chaired President George W. Bush's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, I greatly appreciate the cover story on mental health reform in last week's issue of Modern Healthcare (“Mental health rises to top of...
Cases of mistaken identity happen all the time in healthcare institutions. A new analysis details the causes of these mixups, the consequences for patients and ways healthcare leaders can address the problem.
A rise in the number of antimicrobial-resistant infections is in the global spotlight as world leaders on Wednesday discuss the growing threat of a post-antibiotic world.
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Ohio and affiliated health plans in 13 other states became the first insurers to reward providers that receive integrated-care certification from the Joint Commission.
The Joint Commission's voluntary Integrated Care Certification will count toward one of the measures under Anthem's Hospital Incentive Program.
“A workplace violence prevention program should be a required component of the patient safety system of all health care organizations,” wrote Ron Wyatt and Kim Anderson-Drevs of the Joint Commission and Lynn Van Male of the Veterans Health Administration in a JAMA article.
Public health officials want physicians and hospitals to rethink the way they manage pain as Americans become increasingly anxious about the rise of overdose deaths tied to opioid drugs.
Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, has been denied full accreditation by the Joint Commission after it found 29 areas where the hospital is out of compliance.