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Nurses union: U.S. hospitals not prepared for Ebola patients

As international agencies fight to contain the world's worse Ebola outbreak in nearly 40 years amid reports that a Dallas hospital misdiagnosed a patient infected with the deadly virus, a survey of registered nurses reveals most believe their hospitals aren't prepared to handle patients with Ebola.

States seek solutions to hospital violence

State legislatures aim to reduce a prevalent problem in the healthcare sector: violence against workers.

ACO status doesn't equal effective population health management

The fact that just one in four accountable care organizations qualifies for a bonus shows that ACO status "is just one step toward becoming an effective population health manager," according to a blog post by The Advisory Board Co.

Ebola in the US: Hospital execs must ensure ERs improve policies, procedures

Hospitals that take a few simple steps can minimize the chance that they'll send another Ebola patient home from the emergency room, according to an article published by BHM Healthcare Solutions.

Upfront collections may scare patients away from care

More acute care facilities ask patients to prepay prior to undergoing medical procedures or before they're discharged, CNN Money reported.

Mass. hospitals rethink medical error response

Massachusetts hospitals have stepped up the transparency of their post-medical error apology process, according to New England Public Radio.

Paul Keckley: New non-partisan resource center may help change, improve healthcare policies

Accountable care organizations, the future of academic medicine and cost-reduction strategies are among the topics that the new Navigant Center for Healthcare Research and Policy Analysis, a...

Readmission penalties reach record high

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services levied a record number of fines against hospitals for excessive readmissions, according to a Kaiser Health News analysis of federal records released this week.

Next stage of ACO evolution: Bundled payments

Despite the mixed results so far of Medicare accountable care organizations, a new issue brief from the Navigant Center for HealthCare Research and Policy Analysis concludes that the traditional model is here to stay, although it will continue to evolve.

DOJ anti-fraud push could mean criminal charges for healthcare executives

​A push by the U.S. Department of Justice to hold executives accountable for corporate misdeeds could mean an increased focus on prosecuting healthcare executives, the law firm Arent Fox warns.

Dallas hospital missed chance to contain Ebola

Eighty people may have come in contact with the first diagnosed U.S. Ebola patient before he was hospitalized in Dallas, calling into question why Texas Health Presbyterian clinicians failed to recognize the symptoms when he first sought care and missed a chance to isolate him when he was contagious.

 

4 ways to improve primary care delivery

Several practical solutions, such as value-based payment models and expanding the scope of practice of non-physician clinicians, could offset the primary care shortage, according to a new report from the UnitedHealth Center for Health Reform & Modernization.

Virtual ward model does not affect patient outcomes

The "virtual ward" model did not reduce readmission or mortality rates among high-risk patients, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Military hospital system report shows disparities in care

A newly released report from the secretary of defense that reviewed the Military Health System showed the system generally provide safe and timely care, however there are some disparities in care provided by the military. Eight facilities have "significantly higher than expected" rates of patients getting sick following treatment.

Assault case shines light on hospital patient privacy, social media policies

Lansdale (Pennsylvania) Hospital, part of the Abington Health system, has fired an emergency room technician who posted pictures of patient X-rays and two severed fingers and described different patients in her Twitter account, according to insurancenews.net via the Philadelphia Inquirer

CDC confirms first case of Ebola

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Tuesday the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States in a person who traveled to Dallas from West Africa, while Texas officials urged residents to remain calm and hospitals across the nation said they are prepared to handle additional cases.

 

The drawbacks of drug-testing physicians

A California ballot initiative addressing the growing problem of substance abuse among healthcare workers may have unintended consequences, according to two opinion pieces in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Connecticut requires hospitals to inform patients of observation status

Beginning today, Connecticut hospitals must tell patients when they are in observation and not actually admitted--and inform them that they may be responsible for charges incurred during their stay, according to the Greenwich Times.com.

4 mistakes hospitals make in the search for partnerships

In an effort to be more efficient, deliver value-based care and streamline the healthcare continuum, hospitals enter into partnerships out of want rather than financial necessity to stay ahead of competitors in the ever-evolving healthcare industry, according to a piece in Hospitals & Health Networks.

Mixed news, unclear future for ACOs

Despite their early successes, accountable care organizations remain an uncertain prospect within healthcare, MedPageToday reports.