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5 recruiting tips to fight the looming physician shortage

Despite a looming physician shortage, there are actions healthcare recruiters can take to fill positions, according to Health eCareers. Here are five steps you can take.

Senate approves bill to repeal SGR

The Senate Tuesday night overwhelmingly passed a bill to do away with the controversial Sustainable Growth Rate formula, a mechanism used to calculate Medicare payments to physicians.

New study shows Ebola virus no more deadly now than in 1970s

A new study from the University of Manchester shows that despite mutations, the Ebola virus hasn't become deadlier since the initial outbreak in the 1970s

Paperwork overload may drive patients away from providers

Few patients or providers will admit they enjoy all the paperwork involved in healthcare, but according to a new survey, this overabundance of red tape may even cause patients to skip the hospital or doctor's office entirely.

Emergency departments make big improvements in pediatric care

Almost half of emergency departments now are staffed with pediatric emergency coordinators to ensure they are equipped to treat children, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics.

4 healthcare issues the government must tackle

Policy expert Paul Keckley examines the role the federal government plays in healthcare and suggests four areas that lawmakers must tackle in the wake of rapid industry change. 

 

Hospitals step up assessment, treatment of patients' emotional needs

Seriously ill patients--and their families--must face not only the physical challenges of treating their disease, but complex emotional hurdles as well. Therefore, more and more hospitals now assess patients and their families for signs of emotional distress that could interfere with their treatment and overall well-being, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Indianapolis VA supervisor steps down after firestorm over joke email

In the latest scandal to hit the embattled Department of Veterans Affairs, a supervisor at the Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Indianapolis, has stepped down after facing a tide of backlash tied to an email that appears to mock veteran suicides, USA Today reported

Workforce trends: Graduates of four-year nursing programs continue to increase

The popularity of Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs continues to rise, while the opposite is true of two-year programs, according to a Health Affairs analysis of data from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

4 strategies to fix the U.S. healthcare system

As the shift to value-based payment models picks up steam, this factor alone isn't enough to fundamentally change the way care is delivered, Duncan Maru, M.D., Ph.D., writes in a piece for Harvard Business Review.

Potential SGR repeal insurrection brews in Senate

After a permanent repeal of the sustainable growth rate formula passed the House of Representatives in late March, the measure's backers in the Senate work to quell a potential revolt from Senate conservatives over its $214 billion price tag, according to Reuters.

How a high-intensity, 'hybrid' approach can cut hospital readmissions

The rise of value-based payment models has made hospital readmission reduction a top priority for providers, and strategies abound for how to tackle this often-thorny issue. Perhaps the most effective approach to take, then, is one that blends two of the most effective care-coordination methods, according to Hospitals & Health Networks Daily.

How Scripps Health CEO Chris Van Gorder engages employees every day

It's not often you come across an executive of a $2.6 billion integrated health system with 14,000 employees who takes the time each morning to exchange pleasantries via email with a unit...

7 qualities of high-functioning healthcare teams

This past week's Final Four Men's and Women's NCAA National Basketball Championships illustrates a nearly perfect example of teams' executing on principles named by the Institute of Medicine as representing the basis of team-based healthcare, according to an article from MedCity News.

Little improvement in VA wait times after scandal

A year after the public learned about veterans waiting months for appointments, there is little change in wait times, according to an Associated Press investigation.

3 must-have skills for physician, nurse leaders

In an era of increased physician leadership due to factors such as changing reimbursement and delivery systems, both doctors and nurses have more influence on the broader workings of the healthcare industry than ever, but that will require a different range of skills, according to a Harvard Business Review column.

Leading the way: Scripps Health CEO takes hands-on approach to frontline staff engagement

In an exclusive interview with FierceHealthcare, Chris Van Gorder discusses his unconventional career path and leadership philosophy, which helped Scripps' remarkable financial turnaround from being on the brink of bankruptcy to the $2.6 billion nonprofit integrated healthcare system it is today.

 

5 changes to help Medicare ACOs thrive

Despite the rapid growth and early successes of accountable care organizations, the Medicare Shared Savings Program must make some key changes to fully realize the model's potential, argues a Health Affairs blog post.

Healthcare spending sees big downward trend

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will likely spend $2.5 trillion less in public and private healthcare between 2014 and 2019 than previously thought, according to a new study from the Urban Institute.

Obama enlists hospitals, medical professionals to fight health hazards of climate change

The White House says will look to the medical community to not only make the case that climate change poses significant health risks and to help reduce these potential harms.