Providers are pleased that CMS is delaying enforcement of new guidelines governing Medicare reimbursements for short-term hospital stays, but they insist the new rule is flawed and say they will continue to oppose it. >>>
California has issued its latest round of administrative penalties to 13 hospitals where patients have been subject to serious injury or death as a result of regulatory noncompliance. >>>
The long-sleeved monogrammed lab coat, steeped in medical tradition and infectious bacteria, will become a relic if guidelines on clinician attire from the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America are taken seriously by hospitals and health systems. >>>
It's more than convenience: An integrated retail pharmacy provides hospitals with opportunities to boost patient satisfaction and lower readmission rates while producing modest revenue. >>>
Mismanagement or sloppy business practices can quickly lead to trouble with Medicare fraud investigators, even when healthcare providers have no intention to defraud the government. >>>
Better adherence and development of infection control protocols in intensive care units would significantly reduce hospital-acquired infections, which result in $33 billion in additional costs to the healthcare system each year, researchers say. >>>
Physician appointment wait times tracked in a Merritt Hawkins survey varied from one day to more than eight months. The average wait in all metro areas and specialties is 19 days. Boston has the longest waits (45 days); Dallas had the shortest (10). >>>
Fancy amenities such as gourmet meals, healing gardens, and multi-million dollar expansion projects can make patients feel good about a hospital stay, but there are cheaper ways to bolster the patient experience. >>>
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