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Mortality In Children

Depression Increases Hospital Use And Mortality In Children

Children with depression admitted to the hospital for other illnesses like pneumonia, appendicitis or seizure disorders, stay longer, pay more and are at greater risk of death, a Rutgers New Jersey Medical School study finds. The study, which appears in the Journal of Affective Disorders. Child mortality, also known as child death, refers to the death…

Safety Net Hospitals

New Rules Drops Readmission Penalties Against Safety Net Hospitals

Readmission penalties against hospitals providing care to socioeconomically disadvantaged patients have dropped 14% points under new rules adopt in 2019 that more equitably account for low-income populations being served, according to a new analysis led by UT Southwestern Medical Center and Harvard researchers. Hospitals serving low-income populations have traditionally been disproportionately penalize; so for hospital…

Physicians

Zocdoc's New Per Patient Fee Hits A Nerve With Some Physicians

Online appointment service Zocdoc has anger not only Stadtmauer but also some of its other physician subscribers especially in New York with a new pricing policy in certain areas that will charge a fee each time a new patient makes an appointment through the service. The company, found in 2007, previously charge physicians a $3000…

Specialty Physicians

Large Shortages In Primary, Specialty Physicians Seen by 2032

There could be a shortage of 46,900 to 121,900 physicians by 2032, in both primary and specialty care, with burnout potentially affecting retirement timing and a trend toward shorter working hours contributing to the wide range of estimates; hence a new report shows. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) on Tuesday release its latest…

Equitable Medicare

Research Suggests Strategy For More Equitable Medicare Reimbursement

Those who were enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid were sicker, had more cognitive impairments and difficulty functioning, and needed more social support than those who were not enroll in both government programs, Saint Louis University research found. These patients also had significantly higher healthcare costs. Medicaid is jointly fund at the state and federal…

Hospital Patients

Individual Nutrition Shows Benefits In Hospital Patients

Individualized nutrition not only causes hospital patients to consume more protein and calories, but also improves clinical treatment outcomes. This has been demonstrate in a study by researchers from the University of Basel and Aarau Cantonal Hospital in the journal The Lancet. People who struggle to eat and drink properly following an illness are at…

Physicians

Clinicians' Comfort Levels Low With Life Expectancy Discussions

Fewer than half of physicians, nurses, and advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) report always or frequently having end-of-life discussions with older patients with chronic illnesses, according to a recent Medscape poll. The providers also say many patients put off the discussions as well. Among physicians, 42% said they always or frequently had the discussions, and…

Patient Safety

Association Of Hospital Employee Satisfaction With Patient Safety

It has a decade since the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) first introduce the triple aim of healthcare enhancing patient experience, improving population health, and reducing costs. More recently; so a 4th aim has emerged, which focuses on improving the well-being of healthcare providers. This latter aim recognizes that achieving optimal efficiency; so safety in…

Fire Management

Simulation Training Can Improve Operating-Room Fire Management

Simulation training can significantly improve the ability to manage operating room (OR) fires, according to results from a randomized trial. You never want your first experience of an OR catastrophe to be in the operating room, with a patient’s life on the line,” said Dr. Bailey Su from NorthShore University Health System, in Evanston, Illinois,…

Attract Retirees

Hospital Closure Hurts A Town's Ability To Attract Retirees

When a rural community loses its hospital, health care becomes harder to come by in an instant. But a hospital closure also shocks a small town’s economy. It shuts down one of its largest employers. It scares off heavy industry that needs an emergency room nearby. And in one Tennessee town, a lost hospital means…

Superbug

Superbug In Hands Or Nostrils Of Patients Staying In The Hospital

Fourteen percent of 399 hospital patients tested in the study had “superbug” antibiotic-resistant bacteria on their hands or nostrils very early in their hospital stay, the research finds. And nearly a third of tests for such bacteria on objects that patients commonly touch in their rooms, such as the nurse call button, came back positive.…