mednews-logo.300We know you’re busy, but we don’t want you to miss important healthcare quality and patient safety news. Below is a roundup of stories you may have missed but need to take a look at before calling it a week. (Sign up on the right if you’d like these news alerts delivered to you.)

  1. Healthcare: Where Some of the Most Skilled Professionals Don’t Wash Their Hands
    From the looks of the Top 10 Patient Safety Issues list for 2015, it’s time to stop talking about culture shift and start shifting.
  2. Tips for Safely Managing Multiple Medications
    When used appropriately, patients can benefit from taking a combination of needed medications; so, taking certain precautions can go a long way when it comes to making sure that patients aren’t inundated with more medications than they can handle.
  3. How much more would you pay for hospital safety?
    Dr. Peter Pronovost, director at Johns Hopkins’ Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, weighs in on the implications of a new study in which an overwhelming majority of individuals surveyed said they would seek care in a facility with a higher safety rating despite the possibility of such care costing more out-of-pocket.
  4. Why are Hospitals Being Penalized for Reducing Readmissions?
    Data analysis suggests that the same best practices that are helping many hospitals reduce readmissions are also slowing discharges and ultimately producing stagnant ratios that are resulting in CMS penalties.