Health News Daily – April 26, 2016

Hand Washing: Six Steps Are Better Than Three
HealthLeaders Media
A World Health Organization-endorsed six-step hand hygiene technique using alcohol-based hand sanitizer gel is more effective at removing bacteria than a three-step technique that the CDC recommends, research shows.

House Lawmakers Push CMS to Collect Medicare Beneficiaries’ Mental Health Data
McKnight’s Long-Term Care News
More “robust” data on the mental and behavioral health of Medicare beneficiaries is needed in order to improve the program’s outcomes, lawmakers said last week in a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Leapfrog Group: Risk of Avoidable Death Is 50% Higher in Poor-Performing Hospitals
MedCity News
Patients who go to a poorly performing hospital have a 50 percent higher chance of dying from a preventable error than those who choose one earning an “A” on the Leapfrog Group‘s newest safety report card.

Merger Indigestion: Big Hospital Mergers Failing to Deliver Promised Results
Modern Healthcare (may require password)
Hospital operator mergers have created big—sometimes behemoth—health systems that will provide the scale necessary to achieve operating efficiencies and compete for more cost-conscious consumers. But some of the biggest mergers in recent years have so far failed to deliver on that promise.

Non-Healthcare News

“State of the Retail Supply Chain 2016” Study Recently Published
Supply Chain Management Review
Research indicates increasing availability without increasing stock holding is North American retailers’ top issue regarding supply chain planning and execution.