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Kaiser Permanente to staff Target primary care clinics

Kaiser Permanente clinicians will now staff clinics at three San Diego-area Target stores, the two companies announced this weekend, with a fourth opening Dec. 6.  

Clinicians often disregard advice on antibiotic prescription

Many clinicians disregard recommendations on when and when not to prescribe antibiotics, according to a survey of physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants published in Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Ebola watch: California adopts toughest regulations in US to protect hospital workers

California now has some of the toughest regulations in the country to protect healthcare workers who treat patients with Ebola.

VA scandal: 600k vets still waiting a month for treatment

Although the Department of Veterans Affairs announced earlier this month it slashed wait times nearly 18 percent after a nationwide scandal revealed secret waitlists covered up long delays in care, more than 600,000 veterans are still waiting a month or longer for appointments, according to USA Today.  

Dallas hospital removed from immediate jeopardy after making patient safety changes

Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas is now in compliance with Medicare regulations and its federal funding is no longer in jeopardy, according to the Associated Press.

M.D. Anderson docs unhappy with working conditions, patient safety

A year after doctors at University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center complained about their workload and patient safety issues, a physician survey shows the concerns remain.

Evidence-based protocols drive quality improvement

In a new and evolving healthcare market that rewards efficiency and quality care, hospitals must find a way to streamline their systems to put forth better results for patients and more savings for their organizations.

2 Texas hospitals win Baldrige award

Two Texas hospitals received this year's Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the highest Presidential honor for performance excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership.

How ACOs can improve patient engagement

Although Medicare's Accountable Care Organizations have improved quality and netted savingsthey must improve their patient engagement strategies, according to a Brookings Institution blog post.   

The case for hiring forensic nurses

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.

Improved care delivery best way to cut costs, say execs

Healthcare executives believe the biggest opportunities for cost-cutting in the industry are within the realm of improved care delivery and clinical operations, according to a survey from Huron Healthcare.

Pittsburgh VA head fired for poor leadership conduct

The head of the Veterans Affairs healthcare system in Pittsburgh was fired Thursday for unspecified conduct unbecoming a senior executive" and wasteful spending, the Washington Post reports.

Ebola: Fear, not facts, drives frenzy

Guest post by Jonathan H. Burroughs, president and CEO of The Burroughs Healthcare Consulting Network. He's also a certified physician executive and a fellow of the American College of Physician...

Joint Commission: Evidence-based care reaps positive results

Evidence-based care is taking hold at more and more hospitals, according to the Joint Commission's 2014 annual report, "America's Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety."

Revised Catholic rule eases process for hospital mergers, affiliations

A new ruling this week that eases the process for mergers between the Catholic church and healthcare providers worries healthcare advocates as the number of Catholic-related hospitals continues to rise throughout the nation, according to the Washington Times.

Hospice patients less likely to die in hospitals

Hospice care patients are significantly less likely to die in the hospital than people who do not enroll, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Opioid ODs caused 100k ER visits in 2010

Prescription opioid overdoses prompted more than 100,000 emergency department visits in 2010 and cost hospitals more than $2 billion, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Hand-hygiene compliance drops at the end of shifts

​Hospital workers are less likely to wash their hands toward the end of their shifts, according to new research that suggests the lack of compliance is due to fatigue from the demands of the job.

Ebola Watch: White House makes case for $6B in prep funds, resources

White House officials urged a Senate Appropriations Committee to approve an additional $6 billion in funding for Ebola preparation in the United States during a hearing on Wednesday.

AAMC: Integrate training on treating LGBT patients into med school classes

In an effort to reduce treatment disparities, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) this week released its first guide on how to educate medical students about diagnosing, treating and caring for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) patients, gender-nonconforming patients and those born with differences in sex development (DSD).