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Capitalism will disrupt healthcare complacency, drive innovation

Creative thinking and financial competition can help drive innovative change in the U.S. healthcare system, James Hamlin wrote in a piece in The Atlantic.

Healthcare consolidation on the rise

Consolidation among hospitals and health IT companies will grow this year in the wake of the Affordable Care Act, according to a new survey report by Bass, Berry & Sims, published in association with Mergermarket.

Docs respond to soaring CEO pay

Healthcare CEO pay is skyrocketing, with the pay of the top 500 American executives tripling since the early 1990s. But how do doctors feel about these numbers, which vastly outweigh their own compensation? Medscape Multispeciality finds out.

HHS awards $840M to boost emergency preparedness

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded $840 million to state and local healthcare systems to  improve emergency preparedness.

3 top healthcare issues as explained by your favorite TV characters

By Zack Budryk We watch our favorite shows for a variety of reasons, but often to get away from it all for an hour in the evening. Unfortunately, for healthcare leaders, major issues in the industry...

Best practices to reduce costly readmissions

Reducing preventable readmissions is one of the most important aspects of cutting healthcare costs, according to an American Society for Quality survey of health quality improvement experts. Here are four ways the Gallup Business Journal says hospitals can help reduce readmissions.

VA officials, Democrats work to offset scandal damage

As Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals work toward solutions to delayed care, vulnerable Democrats want to mitigate damage from the revelations surrounding the scandal.

Urgent care clinics use fast-food industry tactics to deliver affordable, efficient healthcare

Urgent care clinic owners glean business lessons from McDonalds to help deliver accessible and efficient healthcare, according to an article in Forbes.

Empowering patients against unnecessary care, medical errors proves difficult

Patients have a difficult time overruling their doctors when they believe a procedure is unnecessary or potentially harmful, according to Politico.

Stressed-out nurses complain of long hours, lack of respect

A survey from the Vickie Milazzo Institute in Houston finds many nurses feel stressed out, unsupported by management and overburdened at work.

The 10 top-grossing nonprofit hospitals

UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh leads the list of the top-grossing nonprofit hospitals in the United States in 2014 based on gross revenue, according to a Becker's Hospital Review.

Massachusetts gov signs nurse ratio bill

Gov. Deval Patrick (D-Mass.) Monday signed a bill into law mandating nurse staffing levels in Bay State intensive care units, according to Littler Mendelson.

Physician shortage will only get worse as need for primary care grows

As the demand for primary care increases, the country will experience a massive primary care physician shortage, according to USA Today.

Anesthesia providers need to wash their hands during surgery

Anesthesia providers miss chances to clean their hands during surgical procedures and have low hand-hygiene compliance, according to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control.

Healthcare delivery needs massive innovation

To improve performances, healthcare providers must innovate the delivery process "on a massive scale," writes author and futurist Ian Morrison, Ph.D in an opinion piece in Hospitals & Health Networks.

Baldrige quality standards, investment in Detroit help Henry Ford Health System to top

While the city of Detroit struggled financially over the past decade and sustained a 30 percent population decline, Henry Ford Health System essentially doubled in size when it comes to revenue and staff, winning a Malcom Baldrige National Quality Award in 2011 in the process.

Obama to name former Proctor Gamble CEO as new VA head

President Barack Obama will tap Bob McDonald, retired chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of Procter & Gamble, as the new secretary of Veterans Affairs to fix the troubled system, according to a CNN report.

Expert: Do away with surgeon general

The position of surgeon general has lost enough of its authority and powers that one expert says it is  time to do away with it,according to MedPageToday.

Oklahoma health system "pays it forward" for tornado-ravaged Mississippi hospital

An Oklahoma hospital and its employees raised nearly 50,000 for a Mississippi facility destroyed by a tornado,  according to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.

Military hospitals lack patient safety standards, unexpected deaths go unchecked

New York Times in-depth investigation called into question patient protection policies at military hospitals across the country, completely separate from the Veterans Affairs hospital system, after it uncovered the facilities failed to look into numerous unexpected patient deaths.