Patient Care & Outcomes

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Mental health access lacking in many states

Years after the 2008 mental health parity law, certain state exchange health plans do not offer the same level of mental health benefits as compared to physical health benefits, according to a new  report by the advocacy group Mental Health America.

Military Health System whistleblowers face backlash

Following up on its investigation into  poor patient safety and lax oversight at military hospitals, a new  report  from the  New York Times  reveals how the system itself is designed to discourage internal criticism and even punish those who point out problems in care.  

Study: Core care team includes doctors, social worker, dietitian

A study conducted at the Loyola University Health System's burn center intensive care unit found that three doctors, a dietician and a social worker are the most central players in regard to communicating about patient care.

Emergency surgeries increase costs, mortality rates

A 10 percent reduction in emergency surgery for three common procedures could save healthcare providers $1 billion over a decade, according to a new study published in the Annals of Surgery.

What healthcare providers can do to prevent violence

Healthcare providers are ideally positioned to help stop the cycle of violence that claims the lives of 56,000 Americans every year, and more are starting to realize this fact, according to an article in  Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine.

Scribe use may hinder EHR design improvement

While the use of scribes may be of value to physicians and hospitals in the short term, it could stifle technological improvements to electronic health records and put patients at risk, according to a viewpoint published in the  Journal of the American Medical Association.

3 controversial questions about EHRs in 2014

There's been a lot of activity this past year concerning electronic health records, and many disagreements and points of view. Three topics in 2014 stand out as particularly troublesome and point to bigger issues that remain unresolved.

Help payers, employers and members set wellness resolutions for 2015

Jan. 1 officially kicks off New Year's resolution season. Wellness--whether in the form of exercising more, eating better or simply practicing healthier habits--often tops the to-do list for...

Medicare to penalize hospitals with highest rate of HACs

More than 700 hospitals are set to have their Medicare payments lowered by 1 percent in the fiscal year 2015 due to failure to reduce hospital-acquired condition rates and meet patient safety benchmarks put in place by the Affordable Care Act.

More states expand authority for advance-practice nurses

More and more states are jumping on the bandwagon of expanding the role of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to improve healthcare outcomes and make up for the looming physician shortage.