More than 400 "Dear Doctor" letters, sent last year in San Diego County, were part of a study that, researchers say, put a human face on the U.S. opioid crisis for many doctors.
St. Luke's University Health Network has created a new program that ensures patients with lower back pain get access to physical therapy within 48 hours to prevent chronic back pain that can lead to surgery and opioid dependency.
More than half of hospitals fail to comply with the CMS' sepsis treatment requirements, new data from the agency show.
The not-for-profit ECRI Institute announced plans Tuesday to re-open the federal National Guideline Clearinghouse website a day after the government shut it down due to budget cuts.
As the number of ambulatory surgery centers continues to grow around the nation, HHS wants to create a new patient safety database to track quality of care at the facilities.
Nurse leaders at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Wash., launched their written partnership agreement with drug-addicted infection patients four years ago in their close-observation unit.
The University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville requires addicted patients admitted for medical treatment of drug-use associated infections to submit to tough new conduct rules.
Some U.S. physicians would like hospitals to consider opening safe-injection sites on their campuses to reduce the chance of addicted patients overdosing on illicit drugs while receiving medical treatment, as two Canadian hospitals recently have done.
A growing cadre of nurse practitioners—typically, registered nurses who have completed a master's degree in nursing—tack on up to a year of clinical and other training, often in primary care.
The Joint Commission starting next year will cite hospitals if they fail to use specific naming conventions to identify newborns.
A focus on culture has allowed hospitals to repeat several times on the annual IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list.
The American Medical Association warned against "one-size-fits-all" federal mandates to curb opioid prescribing, saying a 22% drop in opioid prescriptions shows the group's approach to the epidemic is working.