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Ebola outbreak worsens as scientists search for source of virus

As the two American missionaries who contracted Ebola while in Liberia recover at Emory Hospital in Atlanta, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports the outbreak is worse than previously thought--and controlling the virus is especially difficult because researchers don't know the source, according to Fox News.

 

Train nurses in mental health issues earlier to close care gap

Training nurses in mental health issues earlier in their education could help close the gap in mental healthcare, as well as better equip nurses to deal with mentally ill patients, according to Nurse.com

Layoff, job cut fears drive opposition of Prime acquisition

A hospital chain's bid to acquire six California hospitals faces opposition, according to the Lose Angeles Times.

Partners execs got double-digit pay bumps

Executives at Massachusetts' largest healthcare provider saw nearly 20 percent pay bumps between fiscal years 2012 and 2013, the Boston Business Journal reports.

ER marketing: Health system uses mailers to advertise heart attack care

As some hospitals across the country turn to old-school marketing techniques to bring in targeted patients, a Tennessee-based hospital chain uses mailers to alert patients about what emergency department (ED) to turn to if they have a heart attack, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

States use HHS grants to offset care gaps

In the face of a looming primary care shortage and an ongoing rural health crisis, many healthcare programs invest in training nurses to work in underserved areas with the help of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Open Payment system back online, CMS announces

The Open Payments system is once again available for physicians and teaching hospitals to register, review and dispute financial interaction information received from healthcare manufacturers and Group Purchasing Organizations, according to an announcement from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Patient flow model helps independent community hospital improve length of stay, culture

One independent community hospital in Illinois adopted a new patient-flow model that reduced length of stay, bolstered hospital culture and improved patient flow, according to an article in Hospitals & Health Networks.

Hospitals around the world take extra precautions against Ebola

As concerns increase over the Ebola outbreak, hospitals across the globe take precautions that go beyond experts' recommendations, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Robin Williams' suicide shines spotlight on depression, healthcare services and treatment options

I'll never forget my first--and only--panic attack. About 18 years ago, while driving over the Tobin Bridge that crosses the Mystic River in Boston to head home after covering a healthcare...

Health tour aims to foster innovation among local leaders

A San Francisco-based company has started a nationwide tour aimed at kickstarting dialogue between local healthcare leaders to help them improve quality of care, boost patient engagement and eliminate inefficiencies within healthcare.

Hospitals must screen for superbugs like CRE or face deadly consequences

Hospitals must do a better job screening for antibiotic-resistant superbugs or face potentially deadly consequences.

New Orleans hospital flips floor plan to survive natural disasters

A Veterans Affairs hospital destroyed by Hurricane Katrina will rebuild to safeguard against future natural disasters, flipping the typical floor plan upside down, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.

Medical errors up 70% in Massachusetts while patient safety improves nationwide

Massachusetts acute care hospitals saw a 70 percent jump in serious medical errors and patient injuries in 2013, an increase health officials attribute to expanded definitions of what constitutes medical harm, the Boston Globe reported.

3 great leadership talks for healthcare executives

As the Affordable Care Act takes effect and healthcare shifts from a fee-for-service based model to a value-based one, leading hospitals and health systems through this transition is a daunting proposition.

But the Internet boasts a wealth of industry experts who offer advice during such unpredictable times. For this exclusive feature, FierceHealthcare rounds up three of the best healthcare leadership talks the Internet has to offe

2 approaches to increase market relevance

As non-traditional competitors enter the healthcare industry, hospitals and health systems must increase their market relevance, and take a hard look at what organizations can do to boost ability to satisfy customer's needs, according to an article in Becker's Hospital Review.  

As physician assistants increase, some schools expand programs

The growing physician assistant field has led some medical schools to expand their PA programs in hopes to offset the looming physician shortage.

 

 

1 in 6 lupus patients readmitted within 30 days

About one in six hospitalized patients with Systemic lupus erythematosus return to the hospital within 30 days, according to research published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatology.

Are hospitals responsible for preventing workplace violence?

Despite the rise in workplace violence, many hospitals don't know how to prevent assaults. But healthcare organizations must take steps to stop attacks because a governement agency will hold providers responsible for failure to put safeguards in place.

What healthcare providers should know about reverse false claims

The Department of Justice and the New York Attorney General's Office have intervened in a first-of-its kind federal False Claims Act lawsuit against Continuum Health PArtners, Inc. For insights on the significance of this case as Affordable Care Act enforcement unwinds, FierceHealthCare spoke to Leslie J. Levinson, J.D.