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Medical tourism gains steam among Americans

Medical tourism is gaining popularity among Americans, but the practice may not be in their best interests.

Intolerance of failure blamed for epidemic of overtreatment

Think doctors overtest and overtreat? Blame "intolerance of both uncertainty and error," according to an analysis published online in BMJ.

LGBT advocates: Tie Medicare, Medicaid money to nondiscrimination policies

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is calling on the federal government to require that hospitals receiving Medicare and Medicaid money adopt policies banning discrimination against patients based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

3 ways hospitals can reduce medical errors

A 2013 report found that medical errors may cause up to 400,000 deaths annually, making them the third leading cause of death in the nation, behind only heart disease and cancer. FierceHealthcare examines three ways healthcare providers can reduce and prevent these mistakes.

CDC outlines new Ebola protocol with rapid response teams

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tuesday launched a new strategy to stop the spread of Ebola to healthcare workers in the wake of news that a second clinician who cared for Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan before he died has come down with the deadly virus.

Teeth-whitening Supreme Court case could have larger effect on healthcare

A dentistry-related case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court may have broader healthcare implications, according to National Public Radio.

Mayo Clinic looks to changing demographics in customer service approach

A patient experience approach by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota may represent a new front in healthcare customer service, according to Forbes.

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.