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Heavy antibiotic use in acute care facilities could lead to drug-resistant infections

Despite a push at hospitals around the country and the world to combat rising antibiotic resistance, a new study finds hospitals give patients antibiotics that are more likely to promote drug resistance.

Lessons in healthcare leadership from four of the worst bosses on TV

Good, effective healthcare leaders can teach providers a lot about running a successful organization.

But as is quite often the case, sometimes you can learn just as much with an example of what not to do.

Sometimes people in real life teach those lessons, but there's also a whole host of lessons you can learn from depictions of employer-employee relationships within the realm of television.

FierceHealthcare rounded up four examples of the stuff of HR nightmares, and found the silver lining of the lessons they can teach us by counterexample.

Nurse-led intervention program didn't improve readmission rates or reduce ER visits

A nurse-led intervention program aimed to reduce readmissions among ethnically and linguistically diverse older patients didn't improve 30-day readmission rates, according to a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine

Hospital leaders share care continuum strategies

Hospital leaders discussed their individual organizations' strategies for integrating post-acute providers such as skilled nursing facilities into the care continuum as part of a panel discussion on Tuesday at U.S. News & World Report's Hospital of Tomorrow conference.

Providers, officials double down on Ebola precautions

In the wake of the death of the patient with the first case of Ebola in the United States and the errors that led to his initial misdiagnosis, healthcare providers and other institutions plan to step up their safeguards against the virus.

Hospitalized patients show poor hand-washing habits

Hospitals around the country focus efforts on improving employees' hand-hygiene compliance, but may want to spend time encouraging hospitalized patients to wash their hands, according to a new study published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology

Jeter's branding philosophy can be a home run for hospitals

Hospitals and other organizations can learn a lot from newly retired Yankees great Derek Jeter when it comes to branding themselves as winners, according to an article in Forbes.

Medical school pilot program uses simulations to prepare students for residencies

A five-year pilot program involving 10 medical schools uses simulation tools to better prepare students for residencies, according to U.S. News & World Report. 

No more good ol' boy network for hospital boards

The challenges of healthcare reform have forced hospital boards to change the way they do business, with many hospitals now looking for board members who will challenge the status quo.

 

Dallas hospital treating first Ebola patient may face legal troubles

In addition to the medical challenges of dealing with Ebola, there may be legal trouble in store for the Dallas hospital housing the country's first patient diagnosed with the virus, according to Texas Lawyer.

3 essential steps to ensure a successful hospital opening

There's more to opening a new hospital than laying the cornerstone and completing construction, the CEO of the new Victory Medical Center Fort Worth in Texas writes in an article published by Becker's Hospital Review.

The link between aggressive treatments and lower failure-to-rescue rates

Hospitals with aggressive treatment styles, commonly referred to as high hospital care intensity, had lower rates of patients dying from a major complication (failure to rescue) but longer hospitalizations, according to a study published this month in JAMA Surgery

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.