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How one health system helps patients vote

Utah's Intermountain Healthcare hospitals offer services to allow patients to vote using "emergency absentee ballots," according to the Daily Herald.

Healthcare employee confidence lowest in over a year

Employee confidence in the healthcare sector in the third quarter of 2014 fell to its lowest level in more than a year and more workers intend to look for a new job in the upcoming year, according to the Randstad Healthcare Employee Confidence Index.

 

White House requests $6B more to fight Ebola

The White House has requested more than $6 billion in additional funding to prevent the spread of Ebola, in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner.

3 ways to create a culture of innovation

Business innovation doesn't just happen; it has to be encouraged and nurtured by the right professional environment. So say speakers at a Women Who Inspire discussion sponsored by Boston's Northeastern University, including the chief innovation officer for Boston Children's Hospital.

VA issues interim final rule for wait times fix

The Department of Veterans Affairs has released an interim final rule intended to slash the long wait times that precipitated this year's nationwide scandal. 

Physician leaders, collaboration essential for effective bundled payments

Organizations interested in developing a model for effective bundled payments may want to look to UnitedHealthcare, which has successfully implemented a program to reduce cost of care and improve quality, according to a FierceHealthPayer special report.

Ebola: Researchers need access to virus samples for treatment, vaccines

U.S. researchers say their lack of access to Ebola samples hinders their efforts to understand the deadly virus and work on vaccinations and treatments for it, according to Reuters.

Comfort-focused ER to streamline care, improve patient experience

A new 42,000 square-foot emergency room at Florida Hospital Tampa's campus will take a new approach to emergency care, according to a report from the Tampa Tribune.

Rethinking the rules of healthcare

Hospital leaders trying to figure out how to handle challenges such as increased consolidation, growing competition, diminishing profit margins and pressure to contain costs can think their way through the answers by considering some new rules, health economist Paul Keckley writes in H&HN Daily.

Medicare readmissions penalties will hurt COPD patients, teaching hospitals

Lung disease experts say Medicare's new policy to penalize excessive hospital readmissions for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease will do more harm than good--hurting a vulnerable patient population and also the hospitals that care for them.

Resilience training may help prevent ICU nurse burnout

Resilience training among intensive care unit nurses may help them cope with stressful work experiences and prevent psychological side effects, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Critical Care.

Maine, nurse reach settlement on Ebola quarantine

The state of Maine has reached a settlement with Kacey Hickox, the nurse who sued over the requirement that she remain in a 21-day quarantine after returning from Sierra Leone, Reuters reports.

Big Medicine can lead to big monopolies

 
The surgeon who argued in The New Yorker that healthcare systems should act more like restaurant chains, using their size to provide a better variety and quality of goods and services at lower cost, says monopolies are the biggest potential drawback of so-called "Big Medicine."

Does social media boost healthcare careers?

Many nurse practitioners and physician assistants believe social media use has helped their careers, according to a new survey by The Clinical Advisor.

Emails suggest bias in Phoenix VA probe, say critics

Richard J. Griffin has come under fire for his work as lead investigator in the probe into malfeasance at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System, according to the Washington Post.

Functional medicine: A new model of care?

If successful, Cleveland Clinic's new functional medicine department could put the hospital out of business. But the innovative approach to teach patients how to avoid the hospital altogether is just the program that the world renowned, non-profit academic medical center wants to pursue, according to the Desert News National.

More Ebola cases likely in US by year's end--but how many?

More cases of the Ebola virus are likely to emerge in the United States by the end of the year as healthcare workers return home, but just how many remains unclear, according to the Associated Press.

Lack of advance directives leads to unwanted care

Nearly a quarter of older patients say they or a family member with advanced illness were pushed into unwanted or excessive treatment, according to articles published in a recent issue of Public Policy & Aging Report (PP&AR).

Longer hospital stay equals lower mortality, fewer readmissions

One extra day in the hospital cuts costs and significantly reduces the chance of the need to readmit Medicare patients within 30 days, a new study from Columbia Business School found.

 

3 keys to a successful population health management approach

An organization's transition to manage the health of certain populations is often met with obstacles, but there are three strategies that will improve your chances of establishing a practical and effective approach, according to an article in Becker's Hospital Review.