Ilene MacDonald

Biography for Ilene MacDonald

Ilene MacDonald is the executive editor for FierceHealthcare and its related publications. She has been a reporter and editor for more than 25 years. Prior to joining FierceMarkets, she served as an editor at FDANews and as the associate editorial director at HCPro, Inc., where she oversaw the company's line of revenue cycle publications and products. Ilene works out of her home office just north of Boston. When she's not working, Ilene is busy taking care of her family, which includes her husband, two teenagers, and a dog (a Bichon-Poodle mix). Ilene enjoys Zumba, reading, Scrabble, cooking, and watching movies. Reach Ilene at

Articles by Ilene MacDonald

U.S. not doing enough to combat Zika

Congress has not acted fast enough or allocated enough money to combat an outbreak of the Zika virus, according to the former White House Ebola czar.

Patient handoffs: Risk of death increases when medical residents leave clinical rotations

The risk of patient death significantly increases when medical residents leave their monthly clinical rotations and turn their patients' care over to other residents, according to new research presented at the American Thoracic Society's 2016 Annual Conference.

ER docs: Health insurers mislead patients, sell 'affordable' policies that cover few services

Health insurers mislead patients by offering "affordable" premiums for policies that cover very little, according to a new nationwide poll of more than 1,900 emergency physicians.

Philadelphia launches unique program to reduce infant mortality rate

Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia has introduced a new program aimed to promote safe newborn sleep, according to The "Baby Box" distribution program, one of the first distribution programs in the country, provides new mothers with essential baby needs. 

'Weekend effect' may not result in an increase in patient deaths after all

A new national study in England, published today in the Journal of Health Services Research and Policy, says the death rate following a weekend hospital admission is higher only because the number of patients admitted to hospitals on weekends is lower.

3 ways to manage patient expectations in the ER

The shift to patient-centered care can create conflicts in the emergency room when a doctor's diagnosis and suggested course of treatment doesn't meet patient expectations. Here are three ways to defuse the tension when patients disagree with clinical decision-making.

Mixed reaction to proposed MACRA rule

Industry reaction to the proposed rule implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 was mixed.

NewYork Presbyterian Hospital pays big price for unauthorized filming of reality TV show

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital will fork over $2.2 million to settle a case that involved an "egregious disclosure" of two patients' protected health information during filming of a reality TV series.

Hospital groups, Congress laud delay of star-rating data

Hospital groups and lawmakers hailed a federal agency's decision Wednesday to delay the release of its new star ratings until July.