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For patient satisfaction surveys, the details count

Patient satisfaction surveys are a major part of hospital operations, but developing effective ones can be deceptively complicated, argues a column in the American Journal of Managed Care.

Docs happier when they can do what they want to do

If teaching hospitals want to keep their doctors from leaving, they should consider personalizing the mix of clinical, teaching, research and administrative responsibilities for each faculty member, a survey by the University of Virginia School of Medicine found.

Is the coming physician shortage a myth?

Despite widespread concerns over a potential physician shortage within the healthcare system, many healthcare experts and economists say the medical community exaggerates the scope of the problem, National Public Radio reports.

Nurses union: OSHA must tighten Ebola protection requirements

National Nurses United called on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to implement safety requirements to shield healthcare workers from the deadly Ebola virus.

Gallup Poll: Ebola, healthcare costs and care access top concerns of Americans

A new Gallup poll reveals that healthcare costs, access to care Ebola are the top three concerns of Americans

Hospitals, nonprofits partner to divert nonemergency patients from ER

With nonemergency patients continuing to overload emergency departments (ED), hospitals are teaming up with nonprofit organizations to provide ED alternatives for patients who don't need emergency care.

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."