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ACHE 2015: 4 habits of highly effective healthcare leaders

Confronting the myriad challenges of running a healthcare organization requires creative thinking and talented leaders--three of whom shared their insights at the American College of Healthcare Executives' 2015 Congress.

 

Bill Gates weighs in on how to combat the next global epidemic

The Ebola outbreak, which has killed more than 10,000 people, has shown the world that it is not ready to deal with a global epidemic, Bill Gates wrote in a New York Times op-ed.

Hospitals bring patient engagement to the ICU

The Wall Street Journal looks at efforts to improve patient engagement in one of the most intimidating parts of the hospital: the intensive care unit.

NIH: American Ebola-infected patient now in critical condition

An American clinician being treated for Ebola at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, is now in critical condition, according to an NIH statement. 

ACHE 2015: Value-based care models heighten need for science-based measures

In today's rapidly changing industry, the healthcare quality movement's main challenge is to "reduce the noise and increase the signal strength" of measures used to assess hospitals and healthcare systems, National Quality Forum CEO and President Christine Cassel, M.D., said during a luncheon Monday at the 2015 Congress of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

2015 ACHE Congress: Healthcare industry needs strong, diverse leadership

The American College of Healthcare Executives kicked off its 2015 Congress in Chicago with a celebration of diverse healthcare leaders, a call for more progress in improving patient care and an update on the political climate in the nation's capital.

Ebola outbreak: 10 American aid workers under voluntary isolation after potential exposure

Although the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has subsided, the deadly virus is far from finished. As many as 10 American aid workers were flown from Sierra Leone to the United States for observation this weekend after they were possibly exposed to Ebola.

Limited resources, reimbursement shortfalls threaten hospitals' role in community

Increased demand, funding and resource shortages, and migration of services to other settings threaten hospitals' capacity to provide 24-hour care, according to a new report from the American Hospital Association.

Post-ACA, more hospitals explore shared decision-making

More providers are open to shared decision-making after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, which provides incentives for the practice, according to Kaiser Health News.

 

Pain management key to patient satisfaction, perception of care

Inpatients involved in decision-making and their own pain management experienced greater satisfaction with their hospital care, according to new research published in in the March issue of Pain Practice.

Hospitals' Facebook ratings may reflect quality of care

Score one more for the power of social media: Patients' Facebook ratings of hospitals appear to correlate with a widely used metric of care quality, a new study found.

Allegations of opioid overprescription prompt probe of VA hospital

A dramatic spike in painkiller prescriptions at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Tomah, Wisconsin, has made it the subject of a federal investigation, NBC News reports.

5 ways to improve nurse-doctor collaboration

Getting nurses and doctors on the same page is integral to providing the best possible patient outcomes, and one conflict-ridden hospital's successful effort to improve teamwork offers salient lessons for other healthcare leaders who want to do the same, according to a Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine article.

Do hospital leaders tolerate violence against emergency staff?

The risk of violence toward emergency department staff persists in large part because their supervisors perceive it as part of the job, according to MedPageToday.

Why healthcare leaders should ask for feedback

Guest post by Scott Kashman, chief administrative officer of Cape Coral Hospital, part of the Lee Memorial Health System in southwest Florida. My kids help me stay humble and make me realize how...

FDA tightens guidelines for superbug-linked medical scopes

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday responded to calls for tighter regulation on scopes linked to a superbug outbreak by issuing stricter guidelines for manufacturers of reusable medical devices.

NY bill takes patient privacy to the next level after reality TV show flak

A proposed bill in the New York State Assembly would make it a felony to film patients receiving medical treatment without prior consent.

In US hospitals, survival rates vary widely for high-risk surgeries

Survival rates for high-risk surgeries diverge greatly from hospital to hospital, a new report indicates, underscoring the fact that much work still needs to be done to improve patient outcomes.

After natural disasters, hospitals rebuild with 'resilient design'

Hospital leaders whose facilities have been in the unlucky path of natural disasters have learned the hard way that even the best-laid preparedness plans aren't worth much if the buildings themselves can't withstand nature's worst.

'Next Generation' ACO model lauded by healthcare experts

Fierce exclusive: Healthcare experts interviewed Wednesday said the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' 'Next Generation' accountable care organization model is a positive step that will propel the industry toward a value-based payment system.