Healthcare News & Insights

Social factors affect readmissions for 3 conditions in hospitals

Pneumonia, heart failure and heart attacks are three of the top conditions Medicare’s evaluating to judge hospitals based on 30-day readmission rates. Although there are several aspects of treating patients for these illnesses hospitals can influence, there are other factors outside of a facility’s control. So hospitals may have to look deeper to make significant […] [MORE]

Cancer treatment linked to cardiac issues

Chemotherapy, radiation and other targeted cancer treatments are lifesaving measures for many patients. But what doctors are discovering now is these treatments are wreaking havoc on cancer survivors’ hearts. 

What ‘Best Hospitals’ can teach you about quality of care

Healthgrades has released its annual list of the best hospitals in the country, and all hospitals can learn a thing or two about boosting their own quality of care from these outstanding facilities.

Benefits of nurse staffing levels vary by type of hospital

While a high nurse staffing level is generally a good goal, some facilities get more of a quality boost from it than others.

Treated to death

Despite, or because of, mind-boggling advances in medical technology, many people at the end of life are suffering harder, more painful deaths. How do we balance the hope of a cure against the reality of death?

Improved patient care is a checklist away

A simple checklist for common diagnoses can dramatically reduce patient deaths, according to a new study.

Telehealth: Who’s using it and how

A recent survey shows most health care providers are using telehealth with some success. But getting paid for it remains an on-going battle for many.