Improved care quality, lower costs and preparation for the healthcare industry's transition to a value-based model will top healthcare CEOs' agendas this year, according to t he Huron Consulting Group's annual Healthcare CEO Forum R eport.
Aetna announced last week that it was increasing the incomes of its lowest-paid employees by as much as 33 percent, to a minimum of $16 an hour because to do otherwise would be unfair, the insurer's chief exec said Wednesday. And he wants other companies to follow suit.
The number of nurse practitioners has nearly doubled over the past 10 years, jumping from 106,000 to 205,000 as of Dec. 31, 2014, according to a statement from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
The medical community needs to develop a more scientific approach to evaluate the quality of American medical schools than the survey-based U.S. News & World Report rankings it has primarily relied upon, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges.
The U.S. Office of Special Counsel announced Tuesday that since last April, it has offered relief to a total of 25 whistleblowers who faced retaliation for exposing wrongdoing at VA facilities.
In the latest in a series of violent, often fatal incidents in hospitals, a man shot and killed a cardiac surgeon at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital before turning the gun on himself, according to the Boston Globe. No one else was hurt, in part because the hospital trained for an active shooter scenario.
Of all of the qualities that are important to me with a medical office, an employer or a friend, reliability (and its cousin, trustworthiness) rank near the top. But while most people understand the " Boy Who Cried Wolf " concept as it pertains to honesty, individuals and organizations often underrate consistency as a prerequisite to reliability.
A recent Minnesota Supreme Court ruling that allowed a medical staff to sue its hospital board could have lasting implications for healthcare facilities, according to MedPage Today.
A long-awaited study on the nurse-patient ratio needed for effective, safe patient outcomes returned insufficient data, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
Physicians being investigated by a licensing body should be treated with respect and compassion, with an approach that supports physician health, Michael F. Myers, M.D., professor of clinical psychiatry at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in New York City, said in a recent artic le for Medscape Medical News.