Healthcare News & Insights

Bundled payments coming for joint replacement surgery

Bundled payments for common surgeries are coming sooner than you may think. In fact, for many hospitals, they’ll be starting for two routine joint replacement surgeries as early as next year – according to a new proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). 

Avoid ‘never events’ in surgery: 4 areas to watch

New research provides insight into why many surgical “never events” occur – which should arm hospitals with the information they need to prevent them. 

How music in the hospital helps patients & staff

Much has been said about the healing power of music in hospitals. Now two recent studies show just how much music can help both patients and clinical staff reduce stress, which improves outcomes all around. 

Surgery riskier at low-volume hospitals: How to respond

As the saying goes, practice makes perfect. And it’s no different for surgery at hospitals. In fact, according to a recent analysis, surgeons who don’t get enough practice have a higher risk of harming patients during procedures. 

New protocols help patients recover faster from surgery

Recovering from surgery can be tough for many patients, and a difficult recovery could lead to a return hospital trip. To avoid this, some hospitals are changing their surgical protocol and adopting practices geared toward an “enhanced recovery.”

Adverse events declining for patients, but there’s still a way to go

A recent study offers hospitals some good news about patient safety: Rates of adverse events for patients with certain conditions are on the decline.

New surgical implant helping neurology patients

In this guest post, writer Katie Lewis discusses deep brain stimulation, a revolutionary new treatment for patients with neurological disorders. 

Could early discharges cost instead of save?

Like all businesses, hospitals have to make money in order to stay in business. You can’t treat patients without staff, equipment, medications, etc., and that all requires money. But is making money sometimes done at the expense of patients’ health?

Report: Hospital quality on the rise

Good news from the Joint Commission’s latest report on hospital quality: Significant gains were made across the board on key indicators of care quality.

Study: Docs who own facilities treat patients differently

Whether or not you need knee surgery may depend on if your surgeon has an ownership stake in the local surgical center.