Healthcare News & Insights

New study finds physician-owned hospitals aren’t outliers

Physician-owned hospitals (POHs) have gotten a bad rap for years. They’ve been accused of cherry-picking the healthiest patients and leaving the sickest ones for non-POHs. But a new study finds that bad rap may be unwarranted. 

Community-acquired pneumonia: Monotherapy works just as well as other approaches

For patients hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia, but don’t need to be put in the ICU, which antibiotic treatment is best: beta-lactam monotherapy, beta-lactam-macrolide combination therapy or fluoroquinolone monotherapy? 

Hospital using EMRs to maximize Medicare billing?

Are hospitals using electronic medical records (EMR) to bilk Medicare? That depends on who you ask. 

6 infectious disease outbreaks linked to hospital drug thefts: Patients at high risk

The widespread theft of drugs from hospitals reflects what experts say is a nationwide surge of prescription-drug abuse — and in many cases the culprits are the very people entrusted with caring for patients. 

Mayo Clinic finds proactive aftercare will slash patient readmissions

With federal payors docking payments to hospitals for early readmissions, researchers at the Mayo Clinic found aggressive aftercare strategies can slash patient re-hospitalization rates by 20%.

Study: Reduced hospital-acquired delirium in intensive care

Did you know hospital-acquired delirium is a big problem in the intensive care unit (ICU)? 

Study: ICU patients suffer with depression

One-third of patients admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU) develop depression that causes physical symptoms rather than the typical psychological signs, a new study finds. 

CDC progress report: Are we reducing healthcare-related infections?

There’s good news in the fight to reduce healthcare-associated infections — the number of reported cases has gone down. The bad news: There’s still a lot more to do.

Improving patient experience: Study shows industry making small steps toward progress

For hospital executives, providing a positive patient experience has been and continues to be a top priority. But how are hospitals doing when it comes to improving patients’ experiences?

Do patients care how their data is used?

As hospitals start collecting more data from patients, they’re finding that information can be used for purposes other than the person’s individual health care – such as marketing, quality improvement or other research. Are patients worried about their privacy when it comes to those secondary uses of their personal data?