Patient Care & Outcomes

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A potential weak link in patient safety: ER to inpatient handoffs

Physicians say that patient safety is often at risk because of ineffective communication during the emergency department handoff process when patients are moved to inpatient units.

3 ways to improve communication and care coordination--from the patient and family's perspective

It's easy to write about the importance of effective provider-patient communication and care coordination. How fragmented care causes patients frustration, fear and can lead to readmissions. But...

Consumer choice on federal marketplace rises from 2014 to 2015

Competition and choice in the health insurance marketplaces increased in most areas between 2014 and 2015.

Oncologist says cost of cancer care should not take priority over saving lives

In the fight against cancer, lives matter more than cancer treatment costs, says Andrew Pecora, M.D., oncologist and chief innovation officer at the John Theurer Cancer Center in New Jersey. "You have to focus on the total cost of care--not just the drugs." 

CareFirst's PCMH boosts quality, lowers costs

CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield's patient-centered medical home (PCMH), which has already produced positive results for the insurer, continues to improve outcomes in its fourth year--and cost $345 million less than expected in 2014, the insurer said in a report. 

More hospitals turn to 'laborists' to deliver babies

A growing number of hospitals are using OB hospitalists, also called laborists, to deliver babies, according to an article in  Kaiser Health News. Patient satisfaction, attempts to reduce malpractice risk and physicians who want to work for a salary instead of running their own practices are some of the factors driving the trend.

Modernized regulatory structure needed for genomic research

For President Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative to be successful, policymakers must modernize the regulatory system so that big data analytics can be effectively used in genomic research, according to a white paper from the Center for Data Innovation and Health IT Now.

Drones can help transport blood samples for routine tests

A new proof-of-concept study at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine shows that hobby-sized drones can transport common and routine blood tests--a finding that could help patients in rural areas of the world that lack passable roads and give healthcare workers quick access to lab work.

Observation status bill sails through Senate

The U.S. Senate this week unanimously approved a bill that would require hospitals across the country to tell Medicare patients when they receive observation care but aren't actually admitted to the facility--a difference that most patients miss until they receive their medical bills

CMS program to reduce hospital-acquired conditions has flaws

The Medicare program that penalizes hospitals financially for failing to adequately reduce hospital-acquired conditions might be backfiring, a new  study  published in JAMA  suggests.