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Healthcare execs embrace telemedicine adoption

Despite setbacks caused by regulations and reimbursement policies, a new survey indicated that most healthcare executives support policies to implement telemedicine.

Better continuity of care could lead to lower mortality, cardiovascular events

Better continuity of care could mean lower risk of cardiovascular mortality and events as well as reduced healthcare costs, according to a South Korean study published in the Annals of Family Medicine.

How hospitals can reduce risk of infection, cross-contamination

The threat of the Ebola virus has brought even more attention to the importance of disinfection protocols and reducing the risk of cross-contamination.

CMS finds major issues at clinic that treated Joan Rivers

A new report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services found multiple serious errors at the Manhattan clinic where comedian Joan Rivers died.

HEN participants make major strides in readmission, harm reduction

Participants in the Hospital Engagement Networks initiative have made significant progress in reducing readmissions and patient harms, according to Hospitals & Health Networks.

ER strategy: Streamlining care for patients with less serious illnesses

Medesto, California-based Memorial Medical Center invested $3.7 million to expand its emergency department to increase space for true emergency patients, while streamlining care for those with less serious illnesses, The Modesto Bee reported.

4 emerging healthcare jobs

With the healthcare sector poised to add 5 million jobs by 2020--and demand already beginning to surge--healthcare reform created new and emerging jobs to the mix, according to a new report.

VA scandal: McDonald announces major overhaul, firings

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald has announced the most substantial restructuring in VA history.

Team-based approach cuts alarm fatigue by 80 percent

A standardized, team-based approach could dramatically cut the use of cardiac monitor alarms and reduce alarm fatigue--a top health technology hazard and hospital patient safety concern, according to a study published in Pediatrics.  

Nurses to strike over lack of Ebola prep

Thousands of Kaiser Permanente nurses will strike this week over what they claim are insufficient safeguards against Ebola, Medical Daily reports.

VA Secretary's challenge: Finding docs to join the department amid scandal

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald is on a cross-country tour, trying to recruit doctors-in-training to fill staffing shortfalls at the VA that over time could jeopardize care for millions of veterans, the New York Times reports.

Assaults against nurses soar in Minnesota; reflect nationwide trend

Incidents of violence against nurses and other hospital staff are on the rise. In Minnesota, where a metal rod-wielding patient recently charged a nursing station at St. John's Hospital in Maplewood, nurses filed a record 46 workers' compensation claims for assault through September of this year, the Star Tribune reported. If the pace continues, this year's injury claims will equal combined claims for 2012 and 2013.

Decentralized nurses stations could improve patient satisfaction

Hospitals seeking to improve patient satisfaction scores must depart from the straight and narrow--as in long hallways fanning out from central nurses stations--and rethink the way they lay out patient floors, according to an article in Healthcare Design Magazine.

Patient experience: Personal philosophy, leadership drive improvement

Improving the patient experience is more than a business mission for Michael Macht-Greenberg, Ph.D. It's personal. As a trained psychologist, the vice president of patient access services...

Quincy Medical Center to close, marking the biggest hospital closing in Massachusetts in a decade

The Massachusetts-based Steward Health Care System will close down Quincy Medical Center by the end of the year, displacing nearly 700 workers, according to the Boston Globe.

Device manufacturers restrict service amid Ebola fears

Lab equipment manufacturers are increasingly wary of their products being used to test Ebola patients, according to USA Today.

VA scandal update: Wait times down 18 percent

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald says wait times at VA facilities are down 18 percent since May, when allegations of secret wait lists to cover up delays in scheduling appointments caused a nationwide scandal, according to the Associated Press.

5 important end-of-life topics to discuss with seriously ill patients

There are five important factors hospitals and families must address when it comes to patients' end-of-life discussions, according to a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Much like airlines, hospitals nickle and dime patients

While the healthcare industry talks about cost cutting and the need for it, hospitals--much like the airline industry--not so subtly try to make up reimbursement cuts by creatively finding ways to...

Medical errors drop with doc handoff program

Better communication between physicians during shift changes can reduce medical errors and preventable adverse events, according to a new study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.