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California doctors and hospitals tussle over role of nurse-midwives

California doctors and hospitals tussle over role of nurse-midwives

By Anna Gorman Kaiser Health News A California bill that would allow certified nurse-midwives to practice independently is pitting the state’s doctors against its hospitals, even though both sides support the main goal of the legislation. The California Hospital Association and the California Medical Association, which represents doctors, agree that nurse-midwives have the training and […]

August 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
Medicare’s readmission penalties hit hew high

Medicare’s readmission penalties hit hew high

By Jordan Rau Kaiser Health News The federal government’s readmission penalties on hospitals will reach a new high as Medicare withholds more than half a billion dollars in payments over the next year, records released Tuesday show. The government will punish more than half of the nation’s hospitals — a total of 2,597 — having […]

August 6, 2016 | By | Reply More
Top Ten Washington hospitals – US News & World Report

Top Ten Washington hospitals – US News & World Report

US News & World Report released its national hospital rankings. The magazine ranked University of Washington Medical Center as top hospital in the state. Top ranked: University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle Nationally ranked in 11 adult specialties High Performing in 8 procedures/conditions 2. Providence Sacred Hearth Medical Center And Children’s Hospital, Spokane 3. Providence […]

August 2, 2016 | By | Reply More
One in three of children’s readmissions to hospitals may be preventable, study finds

One in three of children’s readmissions to hospitals may be preventable, study finds

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News One of the key indicators of the quality of a hospital’s care is how frequently its patients are readmitted within a month after being discharged. A study this month examined readmission rates for pediatric patients and found that nearly 30 percent of them may have been preventable. The study, published online […]

July 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
Well known hospitals fail to score 5 stars in Medicare ratings

Well known hospitals fail to score 5 stars in Medicare ratings

Many Well-Known Hospitals Fail To Score 5 Stars In Medicare’s New Ratings By Jordan Rau Kaiser Health News The federal government released its first overall hospital quality rating on Wednesday, slapping average or below average scores on many of the nation’s best-known hospitals while awarding top scores to many unheralded ones. The Centers for Medicare […]

July 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
‘Microhospitals’ filling some ER needs

‘Microhospitals’ filling some ER needs

Sometimes Tiny Is Just The Right Size By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News Eyeing fast-growing urban and suburban markets where demand for health care services is outstripping supply, some health care systems are opening tiny, full-service hospitals with comprehensive emergency services but often fewer than a dozen inpatient beds. These “microhospitals” provide residents quicker access to […]

July 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
Despite concerns, seniors often leave hospitals with opioid prescriptions, study finds

Despite concerns, seniors often leave hospitals with opioid prescriptions, study finds

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News It’s a common scenario: Someone checks into a hospital for surgery or an illness and leaves with a prescription for an opioid painkiller, opening the door to long-term use and dependence. A recent study examined this pattern and found the prescriptions are used and renewed more often than you might imagine. Researchers […]

July 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
CHI Franciscan Health and CityMD to open urgent care centers in Seattle and Kent

CHI Franciscan Health and CityMD to open urgent care centers in Seattle and Kent

New urgent care centers will start to open this summer CHI Franciscan Health and CityMD, the largest urgent care provider in the New York metro area, will open the new urgent care centers in Seattle and Kent. The urgent care centers will be the first of several sites in Pierce and King counties that are […]

July 12, 2016 | By | Reply More
End-of-life are better for patients with cancer and dementia, study

End-of-life are better for patients with cancer and dementia, study

By Shefali Luthra Kaiser Health News A new study offers surprising findings about end-of-life care — specifically, physicians tend to be more likely to accommodate the advanced-care wishes of patients with cancer or dementia than renal disease, congestive heart failure, pulmonary disease or frailty.

June 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Downgraded accreditation triggered state, federal investigation at Virginia Mason | Puget Sound Business Journal

Downgraded accreditation triggered state, federal investigation at Virginia Mason | Puget Sound Business Journal

A regulatory agency’s decision to downgrade Virginia Mason Medical Center’s accreditation status earlier this month because of issues with quality and safety standards prompted a dual state and federal investigation. Virginia Mason has already taken corrective action to fix the issues raised, but the Washington state Department of Health says “there is an ongoing investigation, […]

June 27, 2016 | By | Reply More