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Layoffs, disaster recovery put hospital CEOs to the test

In an interview with Becker's Hospital Review, 12 healthcare leaders from across the country discuss the toughest decisions they had to make.

3 ways leaders can shape healthcare quality measures

Amid heated nationwide debate about the most appropriate way to measure healthcare quality, two leading quality experts write in commentary published in the Journal of the American Medical Association that there are several steps leaders can take to help develop more timely, accurate and meaningful quality measures. 

Healthcare professionals rarely discuss religion, spirituality in ICU

Although many patients and their families view religion or spirituality as important near the end of life, few surrogate decision-makers and healthcare professionals discuss these considerations during family meetings in intensive care units, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Low patient perception of risk ups chances for hospital falls

A fall-prevention plan may be only as good as a hospitalized patient's belief that it's necessary, suggests a study published in the American Journal of Critical Care.

Paramedic pilot programs aim to ease ER overcrowding

The UCLA Center for Prehospital Care, along with the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency and two local fire departments, will launch two pilot programs intended to reduce hospital readmissions, ease overcrowding in emergency rooms and lower healthcare costs, according to an announcement.

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