Healthcare News & Insights

Hospitals try new strategy for hip fractures

Traditionally, hip fractures were seen as less critical injuries for patients, and hospitals would push surgeries back several days. The logic was this gave patients time to prepare for the procedure. But due to research, this opinion is slowly changing, and many facilities are trying a different approach that has improved patient outcomes.  

One state’s planning to reduce opioid use after surgery

Hospitals across the country must do what they can to stop the epidemic of opioid abuse in patients – especially since many people start abusing them after surgery. Some hospitals are combining their efforts with more population-focused programs so they can turn the tide of abuse and addiction. 

New site rates hospitals based on Twitter feedback

Can you tell how well a hospital is doing using Twitter? A group of researchers say yes, and they’ve created a website to rank facilities based on the feedback they receive through the social media site. 

New sites rank surgeons, hospital performance

Heads up: There’s even more scrutiny headed your hospital’s way for its performance in surgeries. Two new websites are reviewing and ranking surgeons based on their complication rates – and this may affect whether patients choose your hospital for certain procedures. 

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. 

Hospital shares 10 steps to patient-centered care

Last year, Mountain States Healthcare Alliance (MSHA) received the 2012 National Quality Healthcare Award from the National Quality Forum (NAF). The award is given to an “exemplary healthcare organization” that has achieved a number of quality focused goals and achievements. MSHA’s major achievement was providing patient-centered care and achieving better outcomes at lower costs.

The 50 best hospitals in the U.S.: Is one near you?

Health Grades has released this year’s list of the top 50 hospitals in the country.

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.

Quality measures show improvement

A new report from the Joint Commission shows that hospitals’ efforts to improve key quality scores are definitely working.

Hospital’s quality report cards fail to force improvements

Publicly airing data showing how well — or poorly — hospitals perform seems like it would spur even the high performing organizations to improve scores. But it doesn’t.