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New surgical guidelines seek to standardize pediatric care

Hospitals hope new guidelines will standardize surgical care for children, according to the  Wall Street Journal. 

Education, pre-surgery prep key to preventing hospital-acquired infections

Two new studies revealed how hospitals can tailor their  infectio n-control programs  to best battle  hos pital-acquired infections.

Hospitals expand visiting hours to accommodate patients, families

Several Tennessee hospitals recently expanded their vistation hours in an effort to better engage patients and families, the  Times Free Press  reported.

Community health workers reach patients doctors can't

Community health workers may help patients with conditions like diabetes in ways more traditional healthcare practitioners cannot, according to a New York Times blog post.

Urgent care centers compete with EDs for patients

Urgent care centers are drawing patients away from hospitals In Texas, where patients are increasingly opting for the centers for alergy treatments, stitches or x-rays of broken bones as a cheaper, speedier alternative to emergency departments.

Bundled payments: Lessons learned

As insurers move forward with bundled payment initiatives, they would benefit from learning from the experiences of programs that haven't succeeded, say two policy analyists in new Health Affairs blog.

Brief huddle, checklists improve patient safety at South Florida healthcare system

Pilots and flight crews have long relied on the use of checklists and brief huddles to prevent errors and the concept has made its way to healthcare, particular in operating rooms. In an exclusive interview with FierceHealthcare,  Joseph Loskove, M.D., chief of anesthesia for Memorial Healthcare System, explains the success the system has had with crew resource management protocols and why it has expanded them to all procedural areas of its six hospitals.    

3 ways hospitals can address healthcare disparities among diverse patient populations

As hospitals around the country try to resolve healthcar e disparities, especially among minority populations,  Massachusetts General Hospital  implemented a series of initiatives to educate providers and staff about communicating with and caring for diverse patient populations, according to an  art icle  in  Hospitals & Health Networks.

Aetna, Banner score $5M in federal Shared Savings program

Leaders at Aetna and Banner Health Network report they have received some $5 million in Medicare Shared Savings funding for their successful accountable care collaboration in 2013, according to  Heraldonline.com.

GOP senators call for final ACA enrollment numbers

Republican Senators John Barrasso (Wyo.) and Lamar Alexander (Tenn.) are wrote to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner Wednesday to request an update on how many people have enrolled in plans since implementation of the Affordable Care Act.