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Healthcare reform, rising costs: A conversation with Paul Keckley about America's 'Bitter Pill'

Journalist Steven Brill has been making the rounds promoting his new book, "America's Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System."...

NYC makes recommendations for NewYork-Presbyterian overcrowding

New York City officials this week released a report on overcrowding problems at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital's emergency department, one of the city's busiest.

To cut readmissions, streamline discharge summary process

Hospitals can reduce readmissions and speed up recovery by promptly delivering a detailed discharge summary to patients' doctors, according to two new studies from Yale School of Medicine published in Circulation.

Boston hospital officials say they can handle Olympic challenges

With much written in the past year about hospitals' preparedness to handle emergencies like the Ebola crisis, the recent news that Boston may host the 2024 Summer Olympics has highlighted the fact that infectious disease outbreaks aren't the only event that can put healthcare facilities to the test.

Does wearing scrubs off the job spread bacteria?

Healthcare workers wearing their scrubs in public places outside work settings may pose infection risks, according to Newsworks.

WHO evaluates Ebola outbreak one year after it began

One year after the first Ebola cases emerged in West Africa, the outbreak's continued deadly toll has led the World Health Organization (WHO) to explore the crisis in-depth in a series of papers that trace the virus' spread and WHO's response, the organization announced in a statement.

Panel calls for patient-centered care for chronic pain

The 100 million Americans living with chronic pain need individualized, patient-centered care, according to an independent panel convened by the National Institutes of Health, News-Medical reports.

Nurses want solution to 'epidemic' of workplace violence

Members of the National Nurses United union are joining a growing number of industry voices that decry the increasing amount of violence that healthcare workers face on a daily basis, reports ABC News' Tampa, Florida, affiliate.

The hidden danger of prescription painkiller restrictions

Prescription painkiller abuse may finally be on the decline, according to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, but efforts at reduction may have created a new problem.

CDC report indicates progress on HAI reduction

Despite Medicare's recent announcement that it will penalize hospitals with the highest rates of hospital-acquired infections, a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report indicates that healthcare facilities nationwide made significant progress toward reducing these deadly patient harms.


New website streamlines healthcare administrative processes

The Mass Collaborative, an organization of more than 35 health plans, healthcare providers and trade associations, has developed a new website to standardize and simplify healthcare administration processes and costs.

U.S. falls behind in medical research investment

The U.S. has significantly cut funding for medical research compared to other countries between 2004 and 2012, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Early results show slow progress in CMS readmissions programs

Only a handful of several community groups that received federal reimbursements for curbing preventable readmissions have delivered better results than programs that were not part of the initiative, according to partial results revealed in a recently released Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services report.

Party politics in the hospital boardroom: CEOs must tiptoe in political minefield

Despite the impact the outcome of the November 2016 elections will have on the healthcare industry and their own organizations, experts interviewed by Becker's Hospital Review suggest hospital CEOs keep party politics out of the office.

Costs, hospital resistance complicate nurse hiring

Despite research that shows outcomes improve with lower patient-to-nurse ratios, many hospitals find they can't afford to hire additional nurses, according to the Associated Press.

Amid more violence, some hospitals form police departments

The growing problem of violence in hospitals has led some organizations to form their own police departments.

Duke, LifePoint to collaborate on patient safety venture

Duke University Health System and LifePoint Hospitals have entered into a "national quality agreement," aimed at enhancing patient safety in their organizations as well as nationwide, MarketWatch reports.

Hospital CEOs rank financial challenges as top concern

Thanks in part to the seismic changes surrounding the healthcare industry, hospital executives' top concern in 2014 was how to meet the financial challenges associated with running their businesses, according to the results of an annual survey conducted by the American College of Healthcare Executives.

4 healthcare leadership trends for 2015

Several trends in healthcare leadership will take shape and solidify in 2015, according to a whitepaper from healthcare executive search firm B.E. Smith.