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Hospice patients less likely to die in hospitals

Hospice care patients are significantly less likely to die in the hospital than people who do not enroll, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Opioid ODs caused 100k ER visits in 2010

Prescription opioid overdoses prompted more than 100,000 emergency department visits in 2010 and cost hospitals more than $2 billion, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Hand-hygiene compliance drops at the end of shifts

​Hospital workers are less likely to wash their hands toward the end of their shifts, according to new research that suggests the lack of compliance is due to fatigue from the demands of the job.

Ebola Watch: White House makes case for $6B in prep funds, resources

White House officials urged a Senate Appropriations Committee to approve an additional $6 billion in funding for Ebola preparation in the United States during a hearing on Wednesday.

AAMC: Integrate training on treating LGBT patients into med school classes

In an effort to reduce treatment disparities, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) this week released its first guide on how to educate medical students about diagnosing, treating and caring for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) patients, gender-nonconforming patients and those born with differences in sex development (DSD).

3 ways to put innovation back into medical education

The healthcare industry emphasizes innovation far more than do medical schools, creating an "innovation gap" that healthcare leaders must narrow, according to a Harvard Business Review blog post.

Ebola watch: Michigan health system sets policy to pay quarantined nurses

Nurses who work for the University of Michigan Health System will receive pay for time off if they are put in quarantine as a result of treating patients with Ebola, the Detroit Free Press reports.

4 causes for optimism in healthcare

Despite ongoing regulatory and reimbursement challenges within the healthcare industry, several features of the current landscape are cause for cautious optimism, argues an article in Hospitals & Health Networks.

Healthcare execs embrace telemedicine adoption

Despite setbacks caused by regulations and reimbursement policies, a new survey indicated that most healthcare executives support policies to implement telemedicine.

Better continuity of care could lead to lower mortality, cardiovascular events

Better continuity of care could mean lower risk of cardiovascular mortality and events as well as reduced healthcare costs, according to a South Korean study published in the Annals of Family Medicine.

How hospitals can reduce risk of infection, cross-contamination

The threat of the Ebola virus has brought even more attention to the importance of disinfection protocols and reducing the risk of cross-contamination.

CMS finds major issues at clinic that treated Joan Rivers

A new report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services found multiple serious errors at the Manhattan clinic where comedian Joan Rivers died.

HEN participants make major strides in readmission, harm reduction

Participants in the Hospital Engagement Networks initiative have made significant progress in reducing readmissions and patient harms, according to Hospitals & Health Networks.

ER strategy: Streamlining care for patients with less serious illnesses

Medesto, California-based Memorial Medical Center invested $3.7 million to expand its emergency department to increase space for true emergency patients, while streamlining care for those with less serious illnesses, The Modesto Bee reported.

4 emerging healthcare jobs

With the healthcare sector poised to add 5 million jobs by 2020--and demand already beginning to surge--healthcare reform created new and emerging jobs to the mix, according to a new report.

VA scandal: McDonald announces major overhaul, firings

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald has announced the most substantial restructuring in VA history.

Team-based approach cuts alarm fatigue by 80 percent

A standardized, team-based approach could dramatically cut the use of cardiac monitor alarms and reduce alarm fatigue--a top health technology hazard and hospital patient safety concern, according to a study published in Pediatrics.  

Nurses to strike over lack of Ebola prep

Thousands of Kaiser Permanente nurses will strike this week over what they claim are insufficient safeguards against Ebola, Medical Daily reports.

VA Secretary's challenge: Finding docs to join the department amid scandal

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald is on a cross-country tour, trying to recruit doctors-in-training to fill staffing shortfalls at the VA that over time could jeopardize care for millions of veterans, the New York Times reports.

Assaults against nurses soar in Minnesota; reflect nationwide trend

Incidents of violence against nurses and other hospital staff are on the rise. In Minnesota, where a metal rod-wielding patient recently charged a nursing station at St. John's Hospital in Maplewood, nurses filed a record 46 workers' compensation claims for assault through September of this year, the Star Tribune reported. If the pace continues, this year's injury claims will equal combined claims for 2012 and 2013.