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Going green reduces energy costs, improves overall population health

Because of the negative carbon footprint hospitals leave on the environment due to high energy consumption and the amount of waste they generate, healthcare organizations around the country must work to care for their patients, but the planet, according to an article in Triple Pundit.

Limited reimbursement makes psychiatric care a losing proposition

For a snapshot of why so many psychiatric patients end up in the emergency department--and the problems that causes--take a look at Orange County, California.

Nurse retention strategies: Keys to empowerment, ownership and support

With all of the effort and expense that hospitals put into hiring the right nurses, organizations must put at least as much energy into retaining those nurses and fostering continued high performance and growth. This excerpt from Fierce's new ebook explains the strategies hospitals use to engage nursing staff.

Information on quality of hospice care hard to find

Quality of hospice care varies widely in the U.S., and information on care quality is difficult to come by even by the standards of the healthcare sector, according to the Washington Post.

White House to revise Ebola guidelines for healthcare workers in West Africa

The White House confirmed this weekend that officials will craft new guidelines for healthcare workers returning from West African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak, according to USA Today.

Hospitals face growing need for medical, language interpreters

Hospitals across the country face a demand for medical interpreters--and solutions such as conferring with a family member or an interpreter via a phone service don't always meet the need, NPR reports.

Education, outreach reduce unnecessary lab tests

Providers who better understand the specific uses of different kinds of laboratory tests order fewer unnecessary tests and provide better patient care, Medscape Medical News reported from the American Society for Clinical Pathology conference.

Ebola Watch: APIC calls on hospitals to reassess infection control practices

U.S. hospitals don't have the necessary infection prevention staff and departments are stretched beyond capacity to handle the Ebola virus, according to a new survey conducted by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology released during International Infection Prevention Week.

Support, care for health workers to improve patient experience

Guest post by Jason A. Wolf, Ph.D., president of The Beryl Institute, a global community of practice focused on patient experience improvement, and founding editor of Patient Experience Journal. It...

NYC doctor has Ebola; nurses demand increased protection

A New York City doctor who treated Ebola patients in Guinea has tested positive for the virus, the New York Times reports.

CHE Trinity Health announces plans for consumer and patient engagement platform

CHE Trinity Health, a multi-institutional Catholic healthcare delivery system  announced Thursday it will partner with a leading health and wellness engagement platform provider to give consumers and patients a personalized local engagement platform across the 20 states that have organizations within the health system. 

Consumer choice reshapes the hospital experience

Healthcare providers are behind the times when it comes to providing the choices, transparency and experiences today's consumer expects, according to a new survey by Strategy&, a management consultancy.

HHS initiative will fund care improvement efforts

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services today announced it would spend up to $840 million over the next four years to fund innovative healthcare strategies designed to improve patient care and lower costs. 

3 resources to put Ebola in perspective

The Ebola virus is all over the news lately and sometimes it seems like the media reports gets more disconcerting by the day.But despite these troubling developments, including the fact a New York City doctor who treated patients in Guinea has now tested positive for the virus, Americans shouldn't panic. Here are three reports that explain why.

Leading by example: Patient experience the Cleveland Clinic way

In an exclusive interview, Cleveland Clinic Chief Experience Officer James Merlino, M.D. explains what led to his personal philosophy of patient experience and how the organization implemented strategies to become a leader in patient satisfaction.

Hospital culture plays big role in C-section rate variations

Hospital culture may play a larger part in cesarean section rates than patient risk factors, according to a study published in PLOS Medicine.

Some hospitals may withhold care from Ebola patients

Some U.S. hospitals may withhold medical interventions from Ebola patients for the sake of their workers' safety, Reuters reports.

Leadership alert: Physicians feel overwhelmed, unheard

Physicians just aren't listening to their C-suite executives, and the reason is simple, according to an article in Becker's Hospital Review. Doctors feel overwhelmed, disengaged and don't think leaders listen to them. 

How Ebola prevention efforts could improve overall healthcare

Hospital efforts to safeguard against the Ebola virus may have longer-term implications for infection prevention in healthcare settings, according to an infection control expert.

4 principles guiding healthcare's age of enlightenment

There are many emerging themes and movements driving healthcare innovation and evolution, which is comparable to the Age of Enlightenment with its new discoveries and ways of solving problems, Forbes contributor Dave Chase wrote in his most recent column.