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Healthcare fails women of color in states across the country

Many states across the country fail women when it comes to healthcare delivery, accessibility and battling chronic disease, specifically women of color, according to a report released by The Alliance for a Just Society.

Gains reported in war against post-surgical pain

The percentage of patients reporting moderate to extreme pain two weeks after surgery has plummeted in the last decade thanks to better understanding of how different classes of pain medications work, a new survey found.

CDC may issue new protocols for healthcare workers to treat Ebola

Amid growing fears over the spread of the Ebola virus in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will rethink its recommended protocol that healthcare professionals should follow to treat the disease.

Healthcare providers don't follow CDC HIV testing guidelines

Many healthcare organizations in Houston and the District of Columbia do not adhere to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines on HIV testing, which could interfere with early diagnosis, according to a survey published in PLOS ONE.

Hospitals continued bonus payouts amid VA scandal

In the wake of the Veterans Affairs scandal involving cover ups over treatment delays and the subsequent resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, VA leaders in several states received substantial bonuses despite the systemic problems.

VA program improves access to care for rural vets

An expanded policy now allows millions of military veterans living in rural areas to seek treatment with a private doctor closer to home, in hopes of improving access to care and reforming the now-infamous Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, NPR reported.

3 ways to make your OR safer

American Anesthesiology says it has found the secret to turning any operating room into a high reliability organization (HRO) focused on safety.

Antibiotic stewardship benefits don't last

Positive gains from antimicrobial stewardship programs decline after the program is discontinued, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Do retail clinics hurt preventive care?

The retail clinic business has grown rapidly over the past several years, driven by a combination of factors such as the physician shortage, lower prices and better cost transparency. But the model is the wrong approach to healthcare, argues a piece in The Atlantic.

Why hospital CEOs should care about ICD-10 implementation

Hospital CEOs should care about ICD-10 implementation because that's how hospitals get paid, Marty Fattig, chief executive officer of Nemaha County Hospital in Auburn, Nebraska writes in H&HN Daily. But many senior executives have limited knowledge of their organizations' preparedness.

Texas nurse has Ebola; Did CDC protocols fail?

In the wake of news that a nurse who helped care for an Ebola patient in Dallas tested positive for the virus over the weekend, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggested the possibility of transferring infected patients to one of four U.S. hospitals with special facilities and training for treating highly infectious diseases.

Hospitals, physicians fight for women's equity in healthcare research, delivery

In an exclusive interview with FierceHealthcare, KIimberly Skelding, M.D., an interventional cardiologist at Geisinger Health System based in Danville, Pennsylvania, discusses efforts by hospitals and physicians around the country to improve equity in healthcare research and delivery.

Dallas hospital defends treatment of Ebola patient

The Dallas hospital that treated Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, is defending its actions in the wake of his death, according to Boston.com.

Baylor University Medical Center could lose millions in federal funding

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services warned Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas that it must quickly correct deficiencies that put patients in immediate jeopardy of their health and safety or it will lose millions of dollars in federal funding, according to the Dallas News

Hospitals must identify affiliation model that works for them

Hospital affiliation is becoming more of a reality within the healthcare industry as organizations fight to remain financially strong and produce quality outcomes. However, there are many different ways to affiliate and hospitals must identify the model that works best for their respective facilities, according to an article in Hospitals & Health Networks.

The financial highs and lows of Pioneer ACOs

The trail blazed by Pioneer accountable care organizations (ACOs) is bumpier for some ACOs than for others, according to financial data released Thursday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Include caregivers in healthcare process for greater experience

Guest post by Darlene A. Cunha, R.N., a senior healthcare executive who focuses on population health management and the patient caregiver experience. Recently, I attended an interdisciplinary team...

IHI announces health improvement coalition

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) announced a new coalition to improve broader patient health by working at the community level.

Ebola outbreak could cost affected nations $32B

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa could come with a $32 billion price tag, according to a report from the World Bank.

Heavy antibiotic use in acute care facilities could lead to drug-resistant infections

Despite a push at hospitals around the country and the world to combat rising antibiotic resistance, a new study finds hospitals give patients antibiotics that are more likely to promote drug resistance.