3 great leadership talks for healthcare executives

As the Affordable Care Act takes effect and healthcare shifts from a fee-for-service based model to a value-based one, leading hospitals and health systems through this transition is a daunting proposition.

But the Internet boasts a wealth of industry experts who offer advice during such unpredictable times. For this exclusive feature, FierceHealthcare rounds up three of the best healthcare leadership talks the Internet has to offe

2 approaches to increase market relevance

As non-traditional competitors enter the healthcare industry, hospitals and health systems must increase their market relevance, and take a hard look at what organizations can do to boost ability to satisfy customer's needs, according to an article in Becker's Hospital Review.  

As physician assistants increase, some schools expand programs

The growing physician assistant field has led some medical schools to expand their PA programs in hopes to offset the looming physician shortage.



1 in 6 lupus patients readmitted within 30 days

About one in six hospitalized patients with Systemic lupus erythematosus return to the hospital within 30 days, according to research published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatology.

Are hospitals responsible for preventing workplace violence?

Despite the rise in workplace violence, many hospitals don't know how to prevent assaults. But healthcare organizations must take steps to stop attacks because a governement agency will hold providers responsible for failure to put safeguards in place.

What healthcare providers should know about reverse false claims

The Department of Justice and the New York Attorney General's Office have intervened in a first-of-its kind federal False Claims Act lawsuit against Continuum Health PArtners, Inc. For insights on the significance of this case as Affordable Care Act enforcement unwinds, FierceHealthCare spoke to Leslie J. Levinson, J.D.

Patient engagement: Docs need more training on how to talk to patients

Something as simple as mandatory remedial training for doctors on how to talk to patients will help accountable care organizations better engage with patients, experts said at the recent National Accountable Care Organization Summit.

Emory Hospital CEO: Moral obligation to treat American Ebola patients

Despite the controversy over whether two Americans who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia should receive treatment in the United States, the CEO of Emory University Hospital told WSB-TV Atlanta that there was no question that the facility would accept them.

Maryland hospital's cost savings, admission numbers model for rest of state

A Maryland medical center has made substantial progress cutting costs and readmissions, making it a central hub of the effort to revamp healthcare in the Old Line State, according to Business Insider.

Free-standing emergency medical centers reduce wait times, increase access

Long emergency room wait times continue to plague hospitals across the country, but free-standing emergency medical centers may help solve the problem.

How affiliations can help community hospitals

The changing nature of the healthcare system means changes in the relationship between large chains and smaller community hospitals as well, according to an executive roundtable discussion published in Becker's Hospital Review.

Geisinger launches patient-centered medical home program

Pennsylvania-based Geisinger Health System recently launched its ProvenWellness Neighborhood in the Scranton area with the help of more than $600,000 in grant awards, The Abington Journal reported.

Hospitals must recruit male nurses to diversify workforce

Recruiting and hiring more male nurses is a good way to diversify the hospital workforce and can ultimately benefit patients, experts from American Sentinel University say.

Holistic education led to dramatic improvements for diabetes patients

Hospitals that educate and empower diabetes patients through the use of  holistic techniques report the population experiences a dramatic drop in blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels, a study from NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital's Ambulatory Care Network found.

Standalone emergency rooms grow, but face backlash

As free-standing emergency rooms grow in number, they face a potential backlash over their high prices and allegations of fraud, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Walmart primary care creates stiff competition for providers

Healthcare providers may have a new, unexpected source for competition: Walmart.

Intermountain Healthcare puts critical care nurses in ambulance transports

Intermountain Healthcare launched a new emergency ground transportation program that places specially trained nurses in ambulances carrying critically injured patients, reported.

New VA secretary tours hospital for the first time

Robert McDonald, the new Veterans Affairs secretary, visited the Phoenix VA hospital for the first time since taking over the agency. The facility is the location where it was first revealed that VA facilities nationwide used secret waitlists to cover up care delays that may have led to patient deaths.

10 considerations for a more innovative hospital culture

Guest post by Andrea J. Simon, Ph.D., former marketing, branding and culture change senior vice president at Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Michigan. She also is president and CEO of Simon...

WHO: Ebola now an international emergency

The deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa is now an international health emergency that requires a coordinated global approach, according to the World Health Organization.