4 'elephants in the room' hindering health care's drive toward value

What is 'value' in health care? It's a term that gets bandied around a lot, but sit down to define it, and you'll likely find yourself struggling to combine terms like 'cost,' 'quality,' 'satisfaction,' 'safety,' and 'outcomes,' into a cogent sentence (with varying degrees of success). Compare that definition against that of others in the industry, and you'll likely find that landing on a consensus is remarkably challenging.

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The top 10 (preventable) patient-safety concerns for 2020

ECRI Institute has released its annual list of the 10 biggest patient-safety concerns in 2020. Read on to find out what topped the list to look out for next year.

New discovery puts researchers closer to curing the common cold

Researchers have found a protein that can help prevent certain viruses from spreading through the body, putting scientists a step closer to finding a cure for the common cold, according to a study published last month in Nature Microbiology.

Number of US residents with STIs reaches record high in 2018

The number of U.S. residents diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection (STI) hit a record high in 2018, with almost 2.46 million reported cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and other STIs, according to a CDC report released Tuesday.

Around the nation: California to make HIV prevention drugs available without prescription

Under the new law, pharmacists can dispense preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) to patients directly, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Colorado, and New York.

Do you 'sugarcoat' employee feedback? It's likely backfiring, experts say.

When managers give feedback to direct reports, they tend to "inflate" it so it comes across more positively than intended, but this tendency can "make it impossible for employees to learn," Michael Schaerer and Roderick Swaab write for Harvard Business Review, outlining why managers sugarcoat criticism—and how they can stop.

How HHS wants to update anti-kickback rules to support value-based care

HHS on Wednesday issued long-anticipated proposed rules to update anti-kickback and physician-referral regulations so they do not interfere with physicians' ability to participate in value-based payment arrangements.

The 10 health care tweets that caught our eye this week

Why value-based care has become popular, thoughts on FDA's use of surrogate drugs, and more.