Patient Care & Outcomes

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The business benefits of collaboration between insurers, patient groups

By working with groups that represent chronic disease patients, insurers can save money on costly therapies while ensuring patients have access to the treatments they need, according to a recent  Health Affairs  blog post.  

Cultural divide: Physicians must recognize patients' cultural differences

Cultural differences can present one more challenge for doctors, writes Marjorie S. Rosenthal, M.D., as a guest contributor on  CommonHealth.

Innovation, collaboration key to fighting racial disparities for LGBT patients

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients of color face significant health outcome disparities compared to their white counterparts. A team at the University of Chicago has dedicated itself to easing these inequities and finding ways to establish trust between these patients and their healthcare providers, enabling them to work together to ensure the patients' health and improve their long-term outcomes, according to the university's  Science Life  magazine.

3 ways for doctors to earn money on the side

Whether they're struggling to pay down medical school debt or a big mortgage or they're helping their children pay for college, doctors have options if they want to increase their earnings, reports  Medscape.

Quarter of Michigan nurses blame staffing issues for patient deaths

Nearly 1 in 4 Michigan nurses said they're aware of patients dying due to low staffing levels, but the poll found divisions among respondents on whether their managers were addressing these issues, according to the Lansing State Journal.

Geisinger's integrated approach slashes ER use for heart failure

Fully-integrated care is the wave of the future in healthcare, and one health system has used it to cut emergency room visits and improve medication management for heart failure patients, according to a blog post at NEJM Catalyst.

Practice beautiful: 3 tips for redesigning your office

Changing trends in healthcare delivery have some physicians and designers rethinking the way practices are physically laid out, according to an article in  Healthcare Design. Through a project called Clinic 20XX, a group of designers sought to reinvent health care delivery in order to better deal with areas in which current facilities fail to meet patient's needs. 

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island offers providers platform to harness data

In an effort to improve care quality and coordination, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island plans to arm primary care providers with the power of data.

Look to the skies for lessons on how to create a culture of hospital safety

Medical errors remain a major problem within the healthcare industry, ranking as the third-leading cause of death in the United States. To move the needle in a meaningful way, providers must adopt the aviation industry's mindset on mistakes, according to a MedPageToday column.

EHR disparity between Medicaid, Medicare MU docs unacceptable

The unintended creation of disparities caused by the Meaningful Use program has reached a new low.