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Dying in America: Healthcare leaders must bolster end-of-life care discussions, efforts

Healthcare leaders and providers must become comfortable talking about end-of-life care and death with patients, as the discussion is more important now than ever before, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine.

Former VA doc, whistleblower says OIG report on care delays is a farce

Experts and doctors once involved in the Department of Veteran Affairs healthcare system said they don't believe the agency's Inspector General's report captured the impact delays in care had on veteran deaths during a heated hearing in front of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs this week.

Missing one type of heart attack after-care increases chance of death

Missing any of nine after-care components makes heart attack patients more likely to die after leaving the hospital, according to a study published in European Heart Journal Acute Cardiovascular Care.

Urgent care clinics bring accessibility, affordability

Urgent care retail clinics, which are popping up in droves in New York and around the country because of their convenient, affordable service, make healthcare more accessible to the public, NY1 News reported.

Antibiotic stewardship could cut readmissions for infection

Antibiotic stewardship programs guiding individual patient prescriptions could significantly cut readmission rates due to infection, according to research presented at the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, Medscape reports.

Medicare ACO quality, savings improve in second year

Medicare's Accountable Care Organizations improved in both quality and savings in their second year, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Remove hospitals from equation in battle against Ebola, mission group says

A Christian mission group said hospitals in West Africa facilitated the spread of the Ebola virus and leaders must combat the disease in new and different ways, NBC News reported.

3 potential physician shortage fixes

FierceHealthcare explores potential technological, legislative and educational fixes to the primary care physician shortage.

CDC issues enterovirus recommendations; McDonald plans to increase VA pay range;

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Obama to send 3,000 troops to help fight Ebola outbreak in West Africa

President Barack Obama will announce an allocation of military and medical resources to combat the deadly Ebola virus' spread in West Africa today, The New York Times reported.

How safety-net ACOs can achieve the Triple Aim

Safety-net accountable care organizations can deliver care that achieves healthcare's "Triple Aim" of better care, improved health and reduced costs, according to a blog post from Health Affairs.

Marketing technique hospitals can use to improve patient satisfaction

In a world where patients and consumers can look up healthcare prices and hospital ratings online, the industry faces increased competition and transparency, and must enhance patient experience to stay relevant, according to a recent Forbes piece.

Nursing career path evolves, now includes care in community settings

As nursing roles change, so do the career paths nurses take with many moving away from the hospital setting to work for home health agencies, ambulatory care centers, long-term care facilities and other places in the community, Nurse.com reported.

82 Illinois hospitals slapped with $16 million in readmission penalties

Eighty-two Illinois hospitals will pay more than $16 million in collective readmission penalties for not reducing their preventable readmissions, the state Department of Healthcare and Family Services announced last week.

Ray Rice fallout fuels healthcare's domestic violence prevention efforts

Fallout over Baltimore Ravens' Ray Rice's assault of his then-fiancee Janay Palmer has renewed the conversation on domestic violence and how various healthcare providers collaborate on programs to aid victims.

Are hospitals safer than ambulatory surgical centers?

The death of Joan Rivers has increased scrutiny of outpatient medical centers and ambulatory surgery centers, according to PBS Newshour.

3 ways your hospital can overcome the nursing shortage

As the demand for nurses increases amid rising patient numbers, aging baby boomers and more individuals covered under healthcare reform, the United States will need to produce 1.1 million new registered nurses by 2022 to fill jobs and replace retirees.

Hospital leaders have personal, professional responsibility for population health management

Healthcare leaders and hospital CEOs have a personal and profession responsibility to lead by example when it comes to preventing and managing chronic conditions like heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes, author Kim Ryan, CEO of Eastside Medical Center in Snellville, Georgia, writes in Hospitals & Health Networks.

Value-based model could improve hospital performance 30%

A value-based approach to hospital operations could improve performance by up to 30 percent, leading major providers like the Cleveland Clinic and Kaiser Permanente to embrace it, according to the Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

Rehab programs let addicted nurses seek help, keep jobs

Up to 15 percent of nurses in the United States have a substance abuse disorder and many states offer programs that allow them to detox without losing their careers, according to Newsworks.