Patient engagement: Docs need more training on how to talk to patients

Something as simple as mandatory remedial training for doctors on how to talk to patients will help accountable care organizations better engage with patients, experts said at the recent National Accountable Care Organization Summit.

Emory Hospital CEO: Moral obligation to treat American Ebola patients

Despite the controversy over whether two Americans who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia should receive treatment in the United States, the CEO of Emory University Hospital told WSB-TV Atlanta that there was no question that the facility would accept them.

Maryland hospital's cost savings, admission numbers model for rest of state

A Maryland medical center has made substantial progress cutting costs and readmissions, making it a central hub of the effort to revamp healthcare in the Old Line State, according to Business Insider.

Free-standing emergency medical centers reduce wait times, increase access

Long emergency room wait times continue to plague hospitals across the country, but free-standing emergency medical centers may help solve the problem.

How affiliations can help community hospitals

The changing nature of the healthcare system means changes in the relationship between large chains and smaller community hospitals as well, according to an executive roundtable discussion published in Becker's Hospital Review.

Geisinger launches patient-centered medical home program

Pennsylvania-based Geisinger Health System recently launched its ProvenWellness Neighborhood in the Scranton area with the help of more than $600,000 in grant awards, The Abington Journal reported.

Hospitals must recruit male nurses to diversify workforce

Recruiting and hiring more male nurses is a good way to diversify the hospital workforce and can ultimately benefit patients, experts from American Sentinel University say.

Holistic education led to dramatic improvements for diabetes patients

Hospitals that educate and empower diabetes patients through the use of  holistic techniques report the population experiences a dramatic drop in blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels, a study from NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital's Ambulatory Care Network found.

Standalone emergency rooms grow, but face backlash

As free-standing emergency rooms grow in number, they face a potential backlash over their high prices and allegations of fraud, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Walmart primary care creates stiff competition for providers

Healthcare providers may have a new, unexpected source for competition: Walmart.

Intermountain Healthcare puts critical care nurses in ambulance transports

Intermountain Healthcare launched a new emergency ground transportation program that places specially trained nurses in ambulances carrying critically injured patients, reported.

New VA secretary tours hospital for the first time

Robert McDonald, the new Veterans Affairs secretary, visited the Phoenix VA hospital for the first time since taking over the agency. The facility is the location where it was first revealed that VA facilities nationwide used secret waitlists to cover up care delays that may have led to patient deaths.

10 considerations for a more innovative hospital culture

Guest post by Andrea J. Simon, Ph.D., former marketing, branding and culture change senior vice president at Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Michigan. She also is president and CEO of Simon...

WHO: Ebola now an international emergency

The deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa is now an international health emergency that requires a coordinated global approach, according to the World Health Organization.

Wisconsin providers form statewide partnership

Six of Wisconsin's foremost healthcare providers formed a statewide partnership in hopes of cutting costs, improving care and contracting with insurers, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

Certificate program seeks to improve healthcare diversity

In an era of increased scrutiny of disparities in healthcare, both in outcomes and leadership, many providers look for ways to make the industry more diverse.

Admitting privileges laws open new front in abortion battle

The next legal front in the abortion debate is flurry of state legislation requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at area hospitals, Kaiser Health News reports.

Docs skeptical about online medical auction sites

Patients may find cheaper deals for surgery and other medical procedures online, but physicians worry that the practice may hold patient safety risks, reports Kaiser Health News.

VTE rates don't reflect care quality

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has long used venous thromboembolism rates to determine hospital care quality, but a report finds this measure may not indicate care quality, according to Anesthesiology News.

VA official: Two years to fix wait times, investigate employee data manipulation

The Department of Veterans Affairs can fix the long wait times for veterans within two years--the same amount of time it will take to complete investigations of employees who allegedly falsified data to cover up the issues, Deputy VA Secretary Sloan Gibson announced Wednesday, the Associated Press reported.