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Nonprofit seeks to eliminate preventable healthcare deaths

As the goal of reducing hospital-acquired conditions gains increasing traction, one nonprofit aims to wipe out preventable hospital deaths by the year 2020, U.S. News & World Report writes.

A new seat at the C-suite: Chief Data Officer

Make room for yet another seat at the healthcare executive table. In addition to carving out spots for new positions like the chief population health officer and chief incentive officer, some hospitals and healthcare systems hire chief data officers to oversee data collection.

 

3 ways hospitals can create an optimal patient experience

With more and more healthcare providers striving to provide the best possible experience of care for patients, a Gallup Business Journal article provides a roadmap for how to spearhead this effort.

Leapfrog Group names top 2014 hospitals

Ninety-four hospitals made The Leapfrog Group's annual Top Hospitals rankings, a list of providers with top scores in several categories, including safety, quality and resource use.

Ebola watch: 35 US hospitals designated to accept patients

Health officials have designated 35 U.S. hospitals to accept future Ebola patients.

CMS proposed rule delays ACO financial penalties another three years

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Monday proposed several changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program that would give accountable care organizations (ACOs) that participate in the program an extra three years before they could face penalties for poor performance and offers a new model to entice providers to form ACOs.

How to deal with Ebola waste

The Nebraska Biocontainment Unit, located at the Nebraska Medical Center, offers best practices for removing Ebola waste in commentary published in the December issue of the American Journal of Infection Control

Drop in HACs saves thousands of lives, $12B in costs

Efforts to prevent hospital-acquired conditions have paid off in a big way, with a new government report estimating that the steps hospitals took to reduce the adverse events resulted in 50,000 fewer patient deaths between 2011 and 2013.

 

Hospitals try to offset Medicare cuts with amenities

Hospitals increasingly use high-end amenities to boost patient satisfaction scores amid Medicare cuts, according to the Dallas News.

Study says hospitals must get handle on MERS epidemic

Hospitals could do more to prevent the spread of the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) epidemic, a new study indicates.

3 overlooked aspects of strategic planning

Hospitals tend to overlook key aspects of strategic planning, health economist Paul Keckley, M.D., writes in a post for Hospitals & Health Networks.

NY senator pushes to expand Nurse-Family Partnerships

Pairing specially-trained nurses with high-risk mothers from pregnancy through a child's second birthday greatly improves the lives of both mother and child, a New York state senator argues in a New York Daily News opinion piece.

Hospitals embrace social media, but have yet to realize its full benefits

The use of social media among U.S. hospitals is greater than previously thought, although the impact it has on patients and populations remains unknown, according to new research published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Hospitals seek proactive strategies to prevent homeless readmissions

Although hospitals across the country seek ways to address community needs among homeless and otherwise marginalized patients, many organizations find themselves with few options but to discharge homeless patients to situations that will likely lead to their readmissions, according to the Dallas News.

Hand-washing helps control MRSA, but may not be enough

Although proper hand-washing procedures are the best way to reduce methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) while treating patients, a new study reveals hand hygiene itself is only one piece of the puzzle when combatting the infections in hospitals.

Some hospitals fear stigma of Ebola patients

Despite progress in containing Ebola in the United States, some hospitals are reluctant to treat new cases because of the potential cost and stigma of caring for patients who have the deadly virus, the Washington Post reports.

How to build a successful hospital fundraising campaign

A science- and art-based philanthropy helped Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota quintuple its fundraising and exceed its goals for its primary campaign, the architects of the initiative wrote in H&HN Daily.

U.S. demand for Ebola protection leaves Africa short

American demand for personal protective equipment to treat Ebola is leaving the West African countries affected by the outbreak in short supply, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Demographic trends help hospitals plan for the future

Hospitals must pay closer attention to demographics and trends among their patients to provide the most appropriate care, according to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton CEO Richard Freeman, NJ.com. reports.

Boom market continues for nonclinical healthcare jobs

Demand remains sky-high for nonclinical and frontline jobs in the healthcare industry due to a host of factors including the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, a new report indicates.