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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.

Group purchasing options create significant savings

Guest post by Kevin L. Shrake, 35 year veteran of healthcare, a Board Certified Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a former hospital CEO. He currently serves as the...

'Code Comfort' treats pain, suffering with same urgency as Code Blue

"Do not resuscitate" does not mean "do not treat," but hospitals can struggle to manage the suffering of patients who do not want aggressive intervention in an effective and timely manner. Novant Health has adopted a solution called "Code Comfort."

Ebola response shows double standard in infection control prevention

Health officials' response to Ebola compared to their reaction to hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) demonstrates a clear double standard, according to an opinion piece in Forbes.

4 ways hospitals can prepare for climate change

Healthcare leaders are uniquely situated to address the problems posed by climate change. Here are four steps healthcare execs can take to confront the problem head-on.

Limits to resident hours don't improve patient safety

Efforts to cut down on the hours logged by doctors in training have had no measurable impact on patient outcomes, according to two new studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Hospitals improve in 17 quality measures, narrow racial inequality in care

Hospitals have improved on 17 care quality measures, and provide better and more equitable care for blacks and Hispanics for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, and pneumonia, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Employment status top socioeconomic factor in readmissions

Employment status is the top socioeconomic factor affecting 30-day readmissions for heart failure, heart attacks or pneumonia, according to a new study from Truven Health Analytics.

Report: Superbugs a 'looming global crisis'

Failing to fight superbugs will cause 10 million deaths a year and cost $100 trillion per year by 2050, warns a report from the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance.

3 tips to meet patient experience goals

Sue Larson, co-founder and chief operating officer for Astute Doctor, offers several tips to help healthcare organizations improve the patient expereience.

 

Nurses help New York hospitals cut down on HACs

Though reducing healthcare-acquired infections (HACs) is a major focus for hospitals leaders around the country, in seven New York Hospitals it's nurses who are taking the lead in cutting down on HACs and reducing costs, according to a statement from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.