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Empower nurses to improve hand hygiene

Efforts to improve hand hygiene at health organizations must include nurses, according to an article at  Becker's Hospital Review.

The vaccination debate: Better balance needed between public and private entities

Despite the public sound and fury surrounding childhood vaccination in the United States, rates remain generally high. The cost of vaccination efforts have fallen disproportionately on physicians, however, according to a post on the  Health Affairs  blog, and increased help from the public sector is essential to maintain or improve upon the situation going forward.

Zika virus: Hospitals batten down the hatches as CDC works on vaccine

The threat of the Zika virus includes numerous unknown variables, which have healthcare providers across the nation adopting a "better safe than sorry" approach.

Elderly patients rarely asked their opinion about ICU admissions

Despite the healthcare industry's move to patient-centered care, a new study finds that many ER doctors don't ask elderly patients their opinion about admission to intensive care.

VA digital health pilot in Mississippi aims to boost access, cut wait times

Digital health continues to be a big part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' improvement plans, with one of the most recent efforts announced last week in Mississippi.

Doctor gets candid about his opioid addiction

Easy access to drugs, lack of sleep and the need to "shoulder everyone else's burdens" led Peter Grinspoon, M.D., a primary care physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, down a path of an addiction to opioids, according to a recent  Boston Globe  article. 

Novartis' deal with insurers could signal new wave of drug pricing

The recent performance-based deal that Novartis cut with two insurance giants could signal the beginnings of a new approach to drug pricing,  according to  a  Bloomberg  editorial.

3 ways to ensure patients receive high-quality palliative care

Physicians can ensure the quality of palliative care for patients living with serious illness, according to a  NEJM Catalyst  blog post. Here are three ways. 

Drug screening backlash: Many patients in chronic pain don't return for care

Physicians who use urine screenings--a standard protocol to monitor patients who suffer from chronic pain--may increase the chances that those patients won't return to their care, according to a recent study published in  Pain Physician.

Kaufman Hall chair: Hospitals must reduce costs in 2016

The head of one of the nation's foremost healthcare consulting firms has a list of tasks hospitals should accomplish in 2016--and cost reduction and the shift to value-based care tops the list.