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To improve patient-centered care, look to fast food industry

To address perception issues in the healthcare business, hospital leaders can take pointers from an unlikely source: the fast food industry, according to Becker's Hospital Review.

Hospital execs prepare for consequences of King v. Burwell ruling

In addition to the high stakes for patients and health insurance companies, the Supreme Court's decision in King v. Burwell regarding the legality of federal subsidies in the Affordable Care Act has major implications for healthcare providers. But hospital executives are hopeful that their institutions will avoid any dire consequences if the court doesn't uphold the subsidies, Reuters reported.

One-third of Americans live too far from stroke care centers

Even under optimal conditions, it would take one in three Americans more than an hour to obtain treatment at the nearest comprehensive stroke center, according to a recent study published in Neurology

Superbug outbreak spreads, but FDA won't take device off the market

The controversy surrounding medical devices blamed for spreading drug-resistant superbug Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) shows no sign of slowing down, as the outbreak now has spread to two more hospitals amid news that some of the devices were sold without federal approval.

Consumers want convenient healthcare, not brand recognition

As healthcare becomes increasingly consumer-focused, the power of an organization's brand means less and less compared to convenience, according to MedCityNews.

To cut costs and improve outcomes, increase patient activation

Increased levels of patient engagement through patient activation improve outcomes as well as lower healthcare costs, according to a study published in Health Affairs.

U.S. doc shortage could hit 90,000 in 10 years

Despite claims by healthcare economists that the medical community has exaggerated the scope of the potential doctor shortage, a leading association that represents medical schools and teaching hospital reports that the country will be short as many as 90,000 physicians by 2025.

4 reasons hospice, palliative care gaining momentum

A recent study took the healthcare industry to task for failing to provide adequate end-of-life planning and reduce patient suffering, yet there may be hope amid the gloom thanks to an increased emphasis on hospice and palliative care, futurist Ian Morrison, Ph.D., writes in an opinion piece for Hospitals & Health Networks Daily.

How physician CEOs can strengthen clinical outcomes

The post-Affordable Care Act healthcare climate is particularly ripe for physician leadership, but the industry has been slow to bring physicians into the C-suite, argues a Becker's Hospital Review article.

Improved credentialing can help hospitals stop physician imposters

Fake doctors are not a prevalent threat, but that doesn't mean they are not a serious one. Sally Pelletier, chief credentialing officer for the Greeley Company, offers suggestions hospitals can take to ensure physicians are properly qualified.

Texas Health Resources responds to Ebola nurse's lawsuit

A day after nurse Nina Pham announced that she will sue Texas Health Resources after contracting Ebola from patient Thomas Eric Duncan, who later died from the virus, the company responded to and disputed some of her claims, the Dallas Morning News reports.

FDA: Companies' tests of superbug-linked scopes flawed

Amid recent news that specialized medical devices known as duodenoscopes contributed to a series of deadly superbug outbreaks in hospitals around the country, a Food and Drug Administration official told Reuters that the device manufacturers' tests of their recommended cleaning procedures may bear part of the blame.

Affordable Care Act, SGR fix hot topics at Federation of American Hospitals conference

One day after outgoing Federation of American Hospitals Chairman David Vandewater urged healthcare executives at the group's annual policy conference to appeal to Congress on behalf of hospitals, legislators took the stage to tell the audience what their policies--and respective parties--are doing for the industry.

Healthcare industry makes 'clear progress' in Triple Aim measures

The nation's healthcare system has made "clear progress" in improving its delivery of the "Triple Aim" of improved care, improved health and reduced costs, according to a new report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Best and worst hospital rankings often conflict, confuse consumers

Four of the most popular ratings systems for hospital quality are often at odds, potentially confusing patients, according to an analysis published in Health Affairs.

Greater Newark hospitals have too many beds, duplications

Greater Newark area hospitals have a significant surplus of inpatient beds, according to a new study from Navigant Consulting, Inc. 

Informal leadership rounds result in major patient safety improvements

In an exclusive interview with FierceHealthcare, Catherine Miller, R.N., J.D., risk management and patient safety specialist for the Cooperative of American Physicians Inc.' CAPAssurance Program, discusses how healthcare leaders can use rounding to improve patient safety at their organizations.

Hospital lifts patients' spirits with in-house game show

While patients can expect to face the unexpected during an inpatient stay, it's unlikely many ever expect to be part of a game show while at the hospital. But that's exactly what's happening at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints hospital in Racine, Wisconsin, where patients, their families and other visitors have the unique chance to participate in game shows conducted twice a week by teams of volunteers, the Journal Times reported.

At Federation of American Hospitals conference, officials call out Congress

The federal government's effect on the healthcare industry loomed large at the annual Federation of American Hospitals (FAH) conference held Monday at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in the District of Columbia.

Nurse who contracted Ebola to sue hospital chain

Nina Pham, one of two Texas nurses who contracted Ebola while treating the first patient diagnosed with the virus in America, will sue her employer's parent company, CNN reports.