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Why patient-centered care means more telemedicine

Telemedicine will become more of an institution as healthcare becomes increasingly patient-centered, according to Jay Sanders, M.D., a former president of the American Telemedicine Association widely known as the "Father of Telemedicine."

Hospitals embrace alliances to survive post-ACA

In a post-Affordable Care Act landscape, there is increasingly less room for independent community hospitals.

Defensive medicine accounts for one-third of health costs, hospital execs say

Hospital administrators estimate that one-third of healthcare costs are the result of tests and treatments that aren't medically necessary and ordered defensively to prevent lawsuits, according to a new survey by Atlanta-based Jackson Healthcare.

5 ways the ACA may affect malpractice risk

As the Affordable Care Act shifts the dynamic of how physicians provide care to a higher volume of patients, experts predict implications on the medical malpractice climate as well. A recent round table discussion at the Crittenden Medical Insurance Conference suggested five changes healthcare professionals can expect.

Kathleen Sebelius to resign as HHS Secretary

Kathleen Sebelius is expected to announce today that she is stepping down from her post as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, according to multiple news outlets.

Hospital execs must take charge, responsibility

Guest post by Lynn McVey, CEO and president of Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center, an acute care, 230-bed hospital in New Jersey. Chuck Lauer is a former healthcare news publisher turned author and...

Do differences in physician and NP training impact patient care?

As more states expand the scope of practice for nurse practitioners in an effort to combat the growing physician shortageRemapping Debate explores the differences in training between the providers and whether those differences impact patient care.

8 overlooked ways to improve patient safety

The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety presented a list of ways to improve postoperative patient safety and health outcomes at the annual Association of perioperative Registered Nurses conference earlier this month.

Take strategic planning back to basics

To find long-term solutions to hospital problems, healthcare providers must take a fresh approach to strategic planning, according to well-known healthcare reform expert Paul Keckley in an opinion piece published in Hospitals & Health Networks Daily.

Hospital CEO turnover brings fresh perspective, evolving leadership position

In an innovative and dynamic period for the healthcare industry, high CEO turnover, leaders from outside the traditional realm and C-suite turnover bring new skills and fresh blood into hospitals and healthcare systems, according to a Hospitals & Health Networks post by Mary Grayson.

Community factors linked to hospital readmission rates

Community factors, such as socioeconomic status, physician mix and nursing home quality, may affect hospital readmission rates more than previously thought, according to a study published in Health Services Research

Hospitalists translate into successful C-suite execs

Physicians with a hospital background and natural leadership abilities are a perfect fit for the C-suite executive roundtable, according to an article published in The Hospitalist.

Animal therapy benefits research inconclusive

There's not enough evidence to determine whether animal and human interaction within hospitals actually benefits either party, according to a study published in Anthrozoos: A Multidisciplinary Journal of The Interactions of People & Animals.

3 strategies to cut prevelant HAI infection

Hospitals should follow three strategies to reduce the risk of catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI), according to recommendations published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.

CDC: Fewer families have problems paying their medical bills

Families aren't having as much trouble paying their medical bills, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Medicaid expansion doesn't hurt healthcare access

Expanding Medicaid eligibility has neither reduced care access nor increased emergency department (ED) use, according to a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Tips to boost hospital patient satisfaction ratings

Six years ago Park Ridge Health in Hendersonville, N.C., had the worst patient satisfaction scores in Western North Carolina. Today, after an initiative to change its hospital culture and increase focus on customer service, it boasts the highest rating in the region and the third-highest in the state.

Violence against hospital nurses prompts call for education, planning

Hospital violence is at the forefront of many healthcare safety conversations after recent assaults on two New York-area nurses, one of whom suffered a critical head injury, according to Nurse.com.

Top 10 greenest hospitals in the world

Nine U.S. hospitals are among the 10 most environmentally conscious in the world, according to Healthcare-Administration-Degree.net.

CT hospitals tame infections with high-reliability strategies

Connecticut hospitals are training more than 10,000 employees in high-reliability strategies similar to those in aviation and nuclear power in an effort to help hospitals reduce statewide medical errors and improve patient safety and experience, the CT Mirror reported.