Patient Care & Outcomes

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Care scarce for opioid-addicted pregnant women

Adults who become addicted to prescription painkillers aren't always the only patients their doctors must consider. Women who are pregnant and addicted risk having babies suffering from neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) and other substance-related complications, and often have difficulty obtaining proper care for themselves or their unborn children, according to a report from  MedPage Today.  

Why hospitals must ban perfumes

Hospitals must ban the use of perfumes, colognes and other artificial scents because they can aggravate patients' asthma, two doctors argue in an opinion piece in this months's  Canadian Medical Association Journal.  

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, N.H. providers start new company

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care has jointed three New Hampshire hospitals to create a new company that it promises will "take healthcare coordination to a new level." 

Unemployed, minority patients face longer wait, travel times for care

Not only do racial minorities and unemployed people face an uphill struggle in terms of health outcomes, they also spend more time traveling to and waiting for medical care, according to research published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Hospital employment here to stay, but not all independent docs give up practices

Although healthcare trends often ebb and flow, hospital employment is one that appears to not just have staying power, but keeps growing--despite some fierce opposition.

Concerns surround wellness programs' rising use of biometric tests

More and more workplace wellness programs are asking company employees to undergo so-called biometrics or blood tests that screen for a variety of risk factors from high cholesterol levels to high blood sugars.

Evidence grows that hospital design can improve outcomes

Hospital design can improve clinical outcomes along with patient satisfaction, the  Harvard Business Review  reported. In fact, research now shows that the proper design can prevent the spread of hospital-acquired infections, reduce patient pain and shorten hospital stays.

Partnerships allow hospitals to share brands, expertise

The modern era of intensified mergers and acquisitions and partnerships among hospitals often means a mutually beneficial arrangement where numerous smaller providers end up bearing bigger, more prestigious systems' brand names, while larger organizations reap the benefits of the community relationships their partners have built, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Aging population poses threats and opportunities to practices

The U.S. population is aging, making Medicare beneficiaries an increasingly prevalent part of practices' patient panels. This trend poses both challenges and opportunities for all medical providers.

CDC funding opens six new infectious disease epicenters

Six new academic institutions will work on new ways to protect patients from dangerous germs thanks to $11 million in funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.