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CDC to crack down on laboratory security

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tightening its laboratory security measures in the wake of several major safety mishaps, Reuters reports.

3 ways design can help critical access hospitals

Amid turbulent times for the nation's rural healthcare providers, rethinking design could make critical access hospitals (CAHs) more efficient, according to Healthcare Design Magazine.

Moores Cancer Center among precision medicine pioneers

When President Barack Obama touted the development of precision medicine in his recent State of the Union address, a chorus of experts weighed in on the feasibility of the initiative. But for some healthcare facilities, the use of genomics to improve the treatment and prevention of diseases is already a reality.

How healthcare organizations can promote patient-centered care

Organizations' strategies for patient-centered care are often unsustainable in the long term. In an interview with Becker's Hospital Review, Susan Frampton, Ph.D., president of the Connecticut-based nonprofit advocacy and membership organization Planetree explains how providers can prioritize patient-centered care. 

Strategies to improve emergency care communication

A commentary published in the February issue of Emergency Medicine Australia offers up strategies for emergency room doctors and nurses to improve communication and combat chaos.

Blizzard forces hospitals to get creative

In the face of a roaring blizzard, New England hospitals showed their creativity and their compassion in ensuring continued care for their patients. From police escorts to cross country skis, doctors and nurses did all they could to get to work.

Top payers, providers form alliance to promote Triple Aim

Several leading healthcare providers and payers announced a new alliance aimed at hastening the healthcare industry's transition to value-based models that reduce costs and strengthen outcomes.

More hospital competition linked to lower insurance premiums

When it comes to healthcare, competition likely is good for the consumer, according to a report published in the Antitrust Health Care Chronicle.

How the FTC promotes healthcare competition

The Federal Trade Commission has an important role to play in promoting competition within healthcare, two blog posts from Health Affairs argue.

How much hospital security is too much?

With workplace violence becoming an ever more common threat in the healthcare industry, recent incidents have led hospital leaders to question whether their security plans are strong enough--or if some measures might go too far.

CBO: Healthcare to drive federal spending hike

Federal spending is on pace to increase over the next few years, largely driven by healthcare spending, said a new report from the Congressional Budget Office.

White House wants $1.2B to fight antibiotic resistance

President Barack Obama will ask Congress to double federal funding for fighting antibiotic-resistant bacteria, according to the Washington Post.

'Patient navigators' reduced readmissions, overuse of ER in pilot program

The use of "patient navigators" can significantly reduce the overuse of emergency departments and the number of hospital readmissions, according to a recent study. 

 

4 ways to reduce unnecessary care

As reducing unnecessary care becomes increasingly important in a value-based care environment, healthcare providers must take action--and stop making excuses, according to a post from consulting firm Navigant.

'July Effect' does not lengthen procedures

Although the "July Effect," under which medical errors are believed to increase as new physicians begin their residencies, is well-documented, but it typically does not increase the length of surgeries during the month, according to research presented at the American Society of Anesthesiologists' 2015 Practice Management Meeting.

The top healthcare investment areas in the US

An analysis of the first stage of the federally funded State Innovation Model initiative reveals several key areas of investment in healthcare that could fundamentally change the nature of the industry, according a recent Accenture report.

Hospitals work to prevent nurse fatigue

Buddy systems and "flex nurses" are two ways that some hospitals attempt to ease nurses' burden and reduce the likelihood of fatigue, in keeping with recommendations from the American Nurses Association, according to the Courier-Journal.

Biden calls for hospitals to 'double down' on patient safety

Vice President Joe Biden called for increased focus on error and infection reduction in the healthcare industry and more government incentives to facilitate them, according to Kaiser Health News.

The future of population health management

In this special report, FierceHealthcare examines the evolution of population health management, the challenges involved, and what hospital and system leaders can do to make a real difference in their communities.

World Economic Forum: Flu, superbugs next big pandemic threats

Amid news that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa may be tapering off, global security leaders at this year's World Economic Forum say influenza and drug-resistant superbugs could easily trigger the next major pandemic, Reuters reported.