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Equipment-sharing platform could save hospitals millions

Equipment-sharing could save hospitals millions, according to Fortune.

6 must-know strategies to build a safer hospital

There's no room for doubt that the healthcare industry needs to improve patient safety, Robert Wachter, M.D., told the audience at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's recent forum on the issue--and he has a few ideas about how to go about it.

11 healthcare CEO bloggers you should follow

By Zack Budryk The blogosphere is full of healthcare bloggers who offer their thoughts on the rapid changes within the industry. But amid all the noise, how do you know which ones you should follow?...

Just how safe are ambulatory surgery centers?

The rise in popularity of ambulatory surgery centers as an alternative to hospitals have made safety concerns about the facilities difficult to ignore, according to a Kaiser Health News article.

Chaplains: Unsung heroes of Ebola prevention efforts

Hospital chaplains' efforts to prevent the spread of Ebola have gone largely ignored in the frenzy over the deadly virus, according to Religion and Politics.

HHS awards $665M to states in healthcare innovation initiative

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Wednesday announced the second round of grants as part of its State Innovation Models Initiative, awarding a total of more than $665 million to be split among 28 states, three territories and the District of Columbia.

Report: VA misled Congress, public on scope of scandal

The Veterans Affairs Health Association's claims about the extreme delays in care endured by patients--and their deadly consequences--was "misleading" and contained inaccuracies, according to a new report by the VA's Office of Inspector General.

 

How the ACA led to change this year at one California hospital

Although the Affordable Care Act has made sweeping changes to the healthcare industry at large in the past year, it has also led to changes on a ground level in individual hospitals, a hospital chief medical officer writes in Time.

Senate confirms Vivek Murthy as surgeon general

The Senate has confirmed Vivek Murthy, M.D., President Barack Obama's nominee for U.S. surgeon general.

NIH gives up on National Children's Study after spending billions

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has called off a massive health research project called that was intended to collect data on child health and development to assess how environmental factors influence a wide range of diseases and conditions, Bloomberg reported

CDC outlines 'unprecedented' challenges of 2014

The past year brought with it 'unprecedented' healthcare challenges, including Ebola, Enterovirus D-68 and antibiotic resistance, making the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's mission critical, the agency noted in a report that reviewed the public health threats that ensued this year. 

Respect: The key to patient safety and preventing medical errors

A new Consumer Reports survey polled 1,200 people who were hospitalized in the last six months and found that those who rarely felt respected by healthcare workers were two and a half times more likely to fall victim to a medical error than those who reported they were treated well.

 

White House issues guidelines on climate change for hospitals

The White House today issued new guidelines for hospitals to respond to the effects of climate change.

Ebola Watch: Inventions take on challenges of fighting virus

All the attention paid to the shortfalls of personal protective equipment used for treating Ebola patients may have paid off, as some of the country's best medical minds have designed a safer, sleeker and less cumbersome suit, according to The Washington Post.

 

Find-A-Doctor sites return insufficient, inappropriate results

The majority of leading U.S. hospitals and health systems do not give patients the option to search medical conditions online, according to a new report.

SGR repeal left out of federal $1.1 trillion spending bill

Medical professionals blasted last week's federal budget deal for failing to address the controversial sustainable growth rate (SGR) payment formula, MedPageToday reports.

Physician referral system reboot improves patient access

In an effort to improve its patient access, the University Hospitals of Cleveland overhauled its process and upgraded its phsyician referral system. In this exclusive interview. Michael Nochomovitz, M.D., explains what the organization did to improve the scheduling process, efficiency and the patient experience. 

4 ways healthcare leaders can manage expertise

Healthcare facilities, like other organizations, experience a brain drain when highly trained employees retire. But there are steps industry leaders can take to lessen the blow of losing their brightest minds, according to a Hospitals & Health Networks article.

 

CMS proposed rule would require all hospitals to recognize gay marriage

As same-sex marriage rights expand around the country, it's time for medical facilities to follow suit when it comes to the rights of patients and their spouses, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has proposed.

Mass General, Mass Medical Society release guidebook on human trafficking for healthcare providers

Massachusetts General Hospital and the Massachusetts Medical Society this week released a comprehensive guidebook for healthcare providers on human trafficking. It features an overview of trafficking, describes its clinical manifestations and offers guidance for healthcare professionals on identification, assessment, care and follow-up.