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To take care of patients, first take care of yourself and your staff

My mother is a wise woman, and yet growing up I often ignored her advice because, after all, what could she possibly know that I, as a worldly 18-year-old, didn't already know? Spoiler alert: A...

How to spot the difference between 'good' and 'bad' mergers

Mergers and acquisitions continue to be a hot topic in the healthcare industry as M&A activity rises and the government flexes its regulatory muscle, but amid all the developments it's important to note that not all mergers are created equal.

Bipartisan Policy Center issues preventive care recommendations

The shift to value-based care has spurred interest in improving preventive care, so a task force convened by the Bipartisan Policy Center developed several recommendations in a recent report to help providers pursue this goal.

Healthcare union activity on the rise as NYC nurses mull strike

Healthcare is primed for increased union organizing activity, particularly in the wake of new National Labor Relations Board rules streamlining the election process, according to a new report from IRI Consultants and the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration.

DOJ investigates manufacturer of superbug-linked scopes

The U.S. Justice Department is investigating the manufacturer of the medical scopes linked to a spate of hospital superbug outbreaks, according to the Los Angeles Times.

HHS hopes to prevent 1M strokes, heart attacks by 2017

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services this week announced a new payment model that aims to prevent one million strokes and heart attacks by 2017.

Can a 'medical rounds robot' ease healthcare staffing woes?

Clinician staffing levels are an increasingly prevalent issue in the healthcare industry, so Japan's Toyohashi University of Technology developed a unique, high-tech solution--the world's first medical round robot.

Nurses afraid to speak out about dangerous staff shortages

While it's become clear that patient safety suffers if nurses are spread too thin, individuals who speak up about staff shortages often face harsh reprisals from their employers.

Does Medicare's preventable-complication policy actually work?

A Forbes column questions whether Medicare's strategy to deny hospital payments to treat preventable complications actually has improved outcomes. 

When hospital success stories aren't the whole picture

Personal stories and anecdotes can be a valuable tool in healthcare, but some hospitals use them to obscure lackluster care quality ratings while the media look the other way, argues an opinion piece from Health News Review.

The changing role of the hospital CCO

Hospital chief compliance officers are taking on more responsibilities in a post-Affordable Care Act landscape as more high-level executives retire, according to a new survey from Deloitte.

How ERs can improve their relationship with police

Emergency departments deal frequently with high-risk patients and victims of violence, and as a result they often face heightened security concerns. Therefore, it's imperative that they strive to cooperate with the police without compromising patient privacy, according to a recent paper published in the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine.

WHO releases international antibiotic resistance plan

The World Health Organization has unveiled a new global strategy to tackle antibiotic resistance.

Echoes of Ebola in N.J. patient's death from Lassa fever

While the controversy over the international response to the Ebola outbreak has yet to fully subside, a deadly case of Lassa fever in New Jersey has brought back still-fresh memories of how health officials and a Dallas hospital handled the first Ebola patient on U.S. soil.

ACA, better economy spark surge in use of traveling nurses

Declining unemployment in the U.S. and an uptick in the number of Americans who have health coverage have increased demand for healthcare, which in turn has sparked a surge in employment opportunities for traveling nurses, Kaiser Health News reports.

California health department fines 12 hospitals $775K for patient deaths, injuries

The California Department of Public Health fined 12 Golden State hospitals nearly $800,000 for causing or risking death and serious injuries to patients, San Jose Mercury News reports.

To prevent burnout, hospitals must care for caregivers

Hospital staff spend long hours staying professional amid death, suffering, grief and anger from patients and their families, and those clinicians need support as well. To take care of their staff and prevent burnout, hospital leaders increasingly look for ways to treat stress and prevent the job from overwhelming clinicians, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

Nurse scope of practice expansion may help ease rural healthcare woes

As more states move to expand nurses' scope of practice, these measures may be especially vital in rural America, where healthcare access gaps are often the most glaring, according to  the New York Times.

Hospitals as insurers: Competition, costs, and considerations [Special Report]

In this special report, FierceHealthcare takes an in-depth look at hospital systems that have become insurers and what organizations must consider before taking on this challenging business line.

Healthcare must embrace transparency, not 'translucency'

Outcomes transparency is a hot topic among healthcare leaders, but many leaders see it as a marketing tool, which misses the point, according to a blog post from the Harvard Business Review.