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Hospitals innovate design strategies to improve patient experience

Hospitals increasingly pay attention to design and physical space as a factor in patient experience, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Post-operative pain leads to less sleep, longer hospital stays

Patients who experience more pain after surgery reported poor sleep while they were in the hospital, often resulting in longer length of stays, according to a study announcement from researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

US hospitals unprepared for Ebola-related medical waste

Some U.S. hospitals might be prepared to treat the Ebola virus, but are they prepared to dispose of Ebola-related waste? Probably not, which could threaten public safety, according to a report by Reuters.

Reporter's Notebook: Boston healthcare forum tackles Affordable Care Act, product innovation

The Economist's Health Care Forum 2014 conference in Boston brought together healthcare leaders to discuss hot button topics, such as price transparency and the future of healthcare. And though they didn't resolve the big issues, some of the topics--such as whether the Affordable Care Act is a success or a failure--generated lively debate.

What hospitals can learn from other industries about consumer-driven care

In order for hospitals to stay competitive in the shift to consumer-driven care, organizations must focus on service, price transparency and quality. But the best model for this exceptional customer service isn't necessarily found in healthcare.

3 simple ways to improve population health management

As healthcare shifts from fee-for-services to value-based care federal policy will soon reflect new incentives that focus on population health management tools and efforts, Ron Greeno, M.D., executive vice president of strategy and innovation at Cogent Healthcare, told Becker's Hospital Review.

Engage patients through casual conversation

Rural healthcare providers faces a host of challenges, but patient engagement is one of the biggest hurdles they must overcome. 

Lessons on employee wellness from Google

Employee wellness must be a top priority among healthcare leaders, and they can take inspiration from an unlikely source: Google, according to a MedPageToday blog post.

Lack of education breeds disparities despite equal access to care

Improved access to healthcare under the Affordable Care Act won't necessarily narrow the care disadvantage gap for less educated patients, according to a new brief from the Virginia Commonwealth University's Center on Society and Health.

How to retain top employees in the age of cutbacks

As the healthcare model changes dramatically and many providers make cutbacks, hospital leaders must consider ways to keep their best employees on board, Healthcare Global reports.

3 factors making the Ebola outbreak worse

The circumstances of this year's Ebola outbreak significantly exacerbated the worst-case scenario for the virus, according to Vox.

To improve healthcare outcomes, empower nurses

Healthcare providers can achieve the necessary post-Affordable Care Act transformation by empowering nurses, according to Forbes.

Hospitals combat violence against workers

Angry patients and violence against healthcare workers plague hospitals across the country, as organizations try to defuse tension in a high-stakes environment.

Keep docs within treatment guidelines to cut costs, reduce overuse

Hospitals across the country can cut costs and standardize care by asking their doctors to stick to guidelines and not deviate from best practices, which can lead to overuse of tests, procedures and medications, the Wall Street Journal reported.

8 hospital actions for stronger patient engagement

As healthcare shifts toward value-based care, patient engagement, experience and satisfaction are more important than ever as consumers seek to become a bigger part of their own care. With that in mind, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, a private grantmaking organization, along with the American Institutes for Research, released a roadmap with eight strategies to help organizations improve patient experience and outcomes, and reduce costs:

Hospitals, government take on sepsis and other drug-resistant infections

Although sepsis mortality rates dropped over the past 20 years, there's more hospitals can do to help prevent the deadly infection. 

Fun and games with surgical simulation training

Surgical residents who go two weeks without practicing their surgical skills will often experience a substantial decline in their technical abilities. To ensure they keep up their skills, hospitals may want to add some fun and cash prizes to simulation training.

Pharmacist-physician collaboration cuts hospitalization, ED use

New research finds collaboration between physicians and pharmacists can reduce asthma hospitalizations, Pharmacy Times reports.

Access to hospital beds may lead to overtreatment, unnecessary care

More people in New York and New Jersey die in the hospital because the region has more than enough beds to offer, leading to more tests, treatments and prescriptions and people dying in the intensive care unit on a feeding tube or a ventilator, Kaiser Health NewsNational Public Radio and WNYC reported.

5 patient-care observation tools for hospital execs

Guest post by Andrea J. Simon, Ph.D., former marketing, branding and culture change senior vice president at Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Michigan. She also is president and CEO of Simon...