Hospitals have had to improvise in recent months to put together a plan to treat patients with the deadly Ebola virus, and although there is no tried and true model, the Associated Press reveals key principles gleaned from clinics in Africa and the few full biocontainment facilities in the U.S.
Despite widespread concerns over a potential physician shortage within the healthcare system, many healthcare experts and economists say the medical community exaggerates the scope of the problem, National Public Radio reports.
Forensic nurses play a critical role in helping victims of domestic abuse, human trafficking and sexual assault, thus making the specialization of the fastest-growing in nursing. But despite the comfort these professionals offer patients and the value they provide hospitals, the forensic nursing profession may be endangered by a lack of people willing to do the job and a low perceived need for hospitals to hire them.
Despite many hospital's efforts to reduce readmissions,penalties for excessive readmissions reached an all-time high this year. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid will levy fines to 2,610 hospitals in its third year of a program aimed to prevent patients from returning to the hospital within a month of discharge.
FierceHealthcare has reported this year on the many steps hospitals take to address readmissions, including coordinating care after discharge, scheduling follow-up appointments for patients and creating medical adherence plans.
But the problem with all of these initiatives is that they focus on how patients exit the hospital, Eugene Litvak, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Optimization in Newton, Massachusetts, told me during an exclusive interview. Until hospital leaders address how patients enter their facilities, he says, they will never solve the readmission problem.
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While errors made by medical professionals are known to have a profound impact on patients, a new study finds that such missteps also are a major source of trauma for doctors and nurses.
The Department of Veterans Affairs fired Sharon Helman, the head of the Phoenix VA Healthcare System, on Monday after an investigation confirmed a lack of oversight and other misconduct occurred under her leadership.
Meaningful cost containment within the healthcare system depends on patients carefully monitoring how much they pay for care, according to Marketwatch.
Healthcare that is delivered with kindness and compassion that celebrates the importance of human connection is more effective than not when treating sick patients, and can help them have less pain an anxiety, according to an article in Newsmax Health.
Dramatic reductions in healthcare associated infections (HAIs) have earned the University of Vermont Medical Center the national Partnership in Prevention Award, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology announced.
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