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Physician burnout lessens when patients’ social needs are met, study finds

Becker’s Hospital Review: Physicians who feel their clinic can address patients’ unmet social needs are less likely to be burned out, according to a study published earlier this year in The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine and reported Aug. 1 on the American Medical Association’s website.

Additional news media reports on MLH physicians and the health care industry, excerpted from MLH’s daily Morning News Report:

Main Line Health News…
Hahnemann residency slots auction: Main Line Health, Cooper join Temple and Jefferson in bid

The Inquirer: The bankruptcy auction of Hahnemann University Hospital’s residency programs, scheduled for Thursday, drew several bidders by the 4 p.m. deadline Wednesday, in addition to the $7.5 million starting bid by Tower Health that was announced last month. Christiana Care Health System, Cooper University Health Care, and Main Line Health joined Einstein Healthcare Network, Jefferson Health, and Temple University Health System in a joint bid, two sources said.

These Philly-area hospitals had the most complications after hip, knee, bypass, and spinal surgery

The Inquirer: Like anyone else, doctors and nurses tend to get better with practice. So when picking a hospital for a particular kind of surgery, a standard rule of thumb is to find a facility that does lots of them. A new state report allows Pennsylvania consumers to do just that for four common operations: hip and knee replacements, heart bypass surgery, and spinal fusion. Results for hospitals in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties and Philadelphia are shown in tables below. Main Line Health hospitals are included.

 In a new twist, feds say proposed sale of Hahnemann’s residency program is illegal

The Inquirer: Medicare objected to both the $3 million clawback cap and the transfer of its agreement with Hahnemann unless Tower — or any buyer — were to take on all the “burdens” that come with the agreement. However, it did not object to the transition of Hahnemann’s residents and fellows to other hospitals to finish their training. In at least two cases, whole programs have moved to new hospitals in the Philadelphia region. Urology, with 10 residents, is moving to Main Line Health’s Lankenau Medical Center and Bryn Mawr Hospital. In family medicine, 20 of 22 residents have agreed to follow faculty members to Tower’s Chestnut Hill Hospital.

Regional Health News…
Philadelphia officials declare health emergency over hepatitis A outbreak

The Inquirer: Philadelphia health officials have declared an emergency over an outbreak of hepatitis A in the city that has affected 154 people since January, and are calling for health providers to increase vaccinations to combat the liver disease.

Hospital union wants city to rezone Hahnemann property so it can’t be flipped

WHYY: A union representing workers from Hahnemann University Hospital has a plan it says would keep the property a hospital, and prevent it from being flipped and turned into apartments.

Here’s how to know whether telemedicine is right for you

Philly Voice: Many health systems, including Penn Medicine, offer virtual urgent care visits designed to provide on-demand health care services to patients without the hassle of juggling their schedules to drive to an in-person appointment.

Delaware app helps people locate nearby substance use help

WHYY: A collaborative team at the University of Delaware has created an app called HeNN, which stands for Help Near and Now. The app, which hit the Apple and Android stores in early March, offers a directory of services to combat substance abuse.

 Quality and Safety News…

Sepsis readmissions decrease with home nursing visits, physician follow-up, study finds

Becker’s Hospital Review: Sepsis survivors are less likely to be readmitted to the hospital if they are provided with a combination of home nursing care and early physician follow-up after discharge, according to a study published in the August issue of Medical Care.

 3-part care pathway addresses delirium during hospitalization

HealthLeaders Media: Hartford Hospital’s ADAPT program has decreased length of stay and readmissions attributable to delirium.

U.S. recorded eight new cases of measles last week

Reuters: The United States recorded eight new measles cases last week, taking the total for the year to 1,172 in the worst outbreak since 1992, federal health officials said on Monday.

 Patient Care News…
‘Teach back’ communication can keep you out of the hospital

Futurity: When certain patients “teach back” a doctor’s instructions, they’re more likely to stay out of the hospital, according to a new study.

 Only 1 in 10 patients use telehealth as lack of awareness hinders adoption, J.D. Power survey finds

FierceHealthcare: Telehealth often is touted as a technology tool that can help improve healthcare access, especially for vulnerable populations, and reduce costs to the healthcare system. But patient usage of telehealth services is growing at a slow pace. Engagement is low, barely in double digits in even the most engaged demographics, according to a new survey from J.D. Power.

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