Hospitals See $46B In Unpaid Bills Before Health Law’s Insurance Expansions (kaiserhealthnews.com) The data comes from a 2013 survey by the American Hospital Association. Other stories look at how hospitals are faring under the law's new incentive programs to boost quality and at the vice president's call for renewed focus on patient safety.
Organ-Donor Sign-Up Process Needs Improvement; Legislation in the Works (njspotlight.com) Daughter’s experience while applying for driver’s license prompts state senator to draft bill to ease donor registration. New Jersey’s flawed organ-donor application system may soon be improved, thanks to legislative and lobbying efforts to reform a system that’s been criticized for contributing to the state’s relatively poor donor registration rate.
Mount Laurel nonprofit opens new facility for those with brain injuries, neurological disorders (njbiz.com) Bancroft, a nonprofit serving children and adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities, on Friday announced the opening of the Bancroft Resnick Center at Mount Laurel. The new facility provides expanded services to individuals with brain injuries, and extended rehabilitation for those with a variety of other neurological disorders.
Hospitals work to prevent nurse fatigue (fiercehealthcare.com) Buddy systems and "flex nurses" are two ways that some hospitals attempt to ease nurses' burden and reduce the likelihood of fatigue, in keeping with recommendations from the American Nurses Association (ANA), according to the Courier-Journal.
Mandatory flu shots: Why one N.J. hospital had 4,400 employees vaccinated (nj.com) Education was key to putting a mandatory flu vaccine policy in place at Kennedy Health's three hospitals. Looking at different flu shot policies across the state, the team at Kennedy knew it was time to establish a mandatory policy there.
Joe Biden Calls For Renewed Focus On Patient Safety (newsok.com) Hospitals need to focus more on reducing preventable errors and infections and the government must create more economic incentives to improve patient safety, Vice President Joe Biden said at a conference in Irvine, Calif. over the weekend.