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.
The overdose epidemic is changing prescribing habits, but there's still a lack of other pain medications, access to alternative therapies and knowledge among primary-care providers about multidisciplinary approaches to pain management.
It's often said that death rates and costs are lower and outcomes are better at facilities that perform high volumes of a procedure. But a report this week challenges that assumption and says more research is needed.
Healthcare's largest accreditation body is defending its requirement that healthcare providers assess and treat pain. The standards have come under fire as playing a role in the rise of prescription painkiller abuse over the past decade.
Eric Evans has been named president of hospital operations at Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare Corp. He takes over for Britt Reynolds, who took a job outside the organization.
Commentary: Fast-growing home health sector offers lessons in workforce challenges vexing healthcare
The home healthcare industry, a vital component of the transition to value-based patient care, is ramping up at the same time that shortages worsen in the healthcare professions needed for home healthcare to thrive.
Efforts to create quality measures that actually matter to patients are hindered by inconsistent definitions, a general lack of focus on patients' overall care, and too many cooks in the metric-making kitchen, researchers say.
Ascension is looking to its Caribbean joint venture with India's Narayana Health to provide a model for enhancing hospital productivity. But bringing the model home would require major changes in physician and nurse behavior, an overhaul in surgical and postoperative care, and regulatory reforms.
Since 2014, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has routinely screened all admitted patients for depression, making it one of the first U.S. hospitals to do so. About 1% of the patients screened are found to be at risk for suicide, which hospital leaders say would have been hard to detect in the past.
Objects left inside patients, wrong-site surgeries and patient suicides were the most frequent sentinel events reported to the Joint Commission in 2015, according to preliminary data provided to Modern Healthcare.
South Carolina has become a laboratory to test a more focused approach to surgical checklists. It's a partnership with checklist champion Dr. Atul Gawande and Harvard. Leaders of the project estimate that it could save 500 patient lives a year by averting medical mistakes.
Healthcare is the great equalizer. Patients aren't wearing power ties or factory uniforms when they come under our care. The protocols and communication skills necessary to safely and effectively treat their illnesses cross all social boundaries.