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Healthcare must confront anti-Muslim bias

Despite the strides American Muslims have made in the healthcare sector, many still face hostile attitudes even at the nation's top hospitals, according to an opinion piece published by WBUR.

Chaplains work to preserve patient dignity

Hospital chaplains and other healthcare workers can help patients retain their dignity in a place that by its nature undermines that dignity, the chaplain of Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, Illinois, said in a recent interview.

Patients tell New York-Presbyterian's story better than doctors do

Making patients, not doctors, the focus of marketing efforts helps New York-Presbyterian Hospital connect with consumers newly empowered to pick and choose among healthcare providers, said the hospital's chief marketing officer.

 

Opioid antidote: Indiana hospital trains police to administer overdose-reversing drug

As abuse of heroin, Oxycontin and other opioids skyrockets in communities across the United States, some hospitals are trying groundbreaking approaches to stem the tide of overdose deaths, according to Hospitals & Health Networks.

Proposed legislation moves to reduce on-the-job injuries for nurses

A new bill sponsored by two Democratic members of Congress aims to reduce the number of on-the-job injuries for nurses. The Nurse and Health Care Worker Protection Act orders hospitals and healthcare institutions to overhaul their procedures for lifting and transferring patients in order to reduce the most common and debilitating types of injuries for nurses and other healthcare professionals.

Guidelines outline pediatric treatment for Ebola in future outbreak

Nearly two years after the beginning of the West African Ebola outbreak, healthcare workers who treat the virus have published new guidelines for pediatric treatment during future outbreaks.

Racial discrepancies persist in pain treatment in the ER

U.S. emergency departments may address pain management differently based on patients' race, according to a study published in Medical Care.

2016 trends: Hospital execs predict healthcare industry focus areas

Hospital executives tell FierceHealthcare what they believe will be big focus areas in the industry for 2016.

Hospitals push back against costs associated with CMS proposed discharge rule

The costs associated with the federal government's proposed rule on hospital discharge planning , which gives patient preference more weight in the process, will make it difficult for organizations to implement, according to the American Hospital Association.

In healthcare, better data early means better outcomes later

Guest post by Carmela Coyle, president and CEO of the Maryland Hospital Association It's been a running theme in healthcare for decades--data, data and more data will be the panacea for all of...

Red tape, reimbursements hurt pharmacists' scope of practice

Regulatory obstacles create a broad gap between pharmacists' legal scope of practice and the knowledge and training at their disposal, according to Business Insider.

The difference between a boss and a 'superboss' in healthcare

The healthcare field is undergoing some of the most sweeping changes it has encountered since the 19th century adoption of germ theory and the discovery of surgical anesthesia. What type of executive administrators are most needed by hospitals and healthcare institutions in these tumultuous times?

Next-gen nurse leaders need Ph.D.'s

A "new generation of bold nurse leaders" can lead the charge to transform healthcare, according to a commentary in Nurses magazine.

Most patients don't understand post-discharge care plans, study finds

Most patients don't understand their post-discharge care plans because they're written for those with advanced reading skills, a new study finds. Discharge notes should be understandable for those reading at a sixth-grade level, the researchers said.

4 C-suite positions for the new age of healthcare [Special Report]

In this special report, FierceHealthcare examines four C-suite positions and how they reflect the changes in the healthcare industry.

How to identify a great physician leader

​As the U.S. healthcare paradigm shifts away from fee-for-service and toward a population health-oriented care model, physician leaders are increasingly the drivers of change within hospitals and other organizations. To be effective, however, physician leaders must possess a full range of skills and qualities beyond being a good clinician. 

White House administration modifies HIPAA as part of gun control effort

President Barack Obama's gun control initiative will lead to a modification of the HIPAA Privacy Rule to allow certain covered entities to disclose to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System the identities of those individuals who, for specific mental health reasons, already are prohibited by federal law from having a firearm.

California joins trend of family caregiver empowerment

In another demonstration of the trend toward patient-centered healthcare, a new California law requires hospitals to give family caregivers a seat at the table during the care process, Kaiser Health News reports.

Safety-net hospitals at higher risk for readmissions--but not necessarily because of socioeconomic factors

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services devotes more and more resources to identifying social determinants of health, but the agency may discount the significance of care quality after discharge, according to new research published in Health Affairs.

Feds commit $147M to tackle social needs that affect health

The federal government will fund a new program to see whether screening Medicare and Medicaid recipients for health-related social needs--and linking them to needed social services--can reduce healthcare spending.