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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.

Decentralized nurses stations could improve patient satisfaction

Hospitals seeking to improve patient satisfaction scores must depart from the straight and narrow--as in long hallways fanning out from central nurses stations--and rethink the way they lay out patient floors, according to an article in Healthcare Design Magazine.

Patient experience: Personal philosophy, leadership drive improvement

Improving the patient experience is more than a business mission for Michael Macht-Greenberg, Ph.D. It's personal. As a trained psychologist, the vice president of patient access services...

Quincy Medical Center to close, marking the biggest hospital closing in Massachusetts in a decade

The Massachusetts-based Steward Health Care System will close down Quincy Medical Center by the end of the year, displacing nearly 700 workers, according to the Boston Globe.

Device manufacturers restrict service amid Ebola fears

Lab equipment manufacturers are increasingly wary of their products being used to test Ebola patients, according to USA Today.

VA scandal update: Wait times down 18 percent

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald says wait times at VA facilities are down 18 percent since May, when allegations of secret wait lists to cover up delays in scheduling appointments caused a nationwide scandal, according to the Associated Press.

5 important end-of-life topics to discuss with seriously ill patients

There are five important factors hospitals and families must address when it comes to patients' end-of-life discussions, according to a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Much like airlines, hospitals nickle and dime patients

While the healthcare industry talks about cost cutting and the need for it, hospitals--much like the airline industry--not so subtly try to make up reimbursement cuts by creatively finding ways to...

Medical errors drop with doc handoff program

Better communication between physicians during shift changes can reduce medical errors and preventable adverse events, according to a new study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

How one health system helps patients vote

Utah's Intermountain Healthcare hospitals offer services to allow patients to vote using "emergency absentee ballots," according to the Daily Herald.

Healthcare employee confidence lowest in over a year

Employee confidence in the healthcare sector in the third quarter of 2014 fell to its lowest level in more than a year and more workers intend to look for a new job in the upcoming year, according to the Randstad Healthcare Employee Confidence Index.

 

White House requests $6B more to fight Ebola

The White House has requested more than $6 billion in additional funding to prevent the spread of Ebola, in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner.

3 ways to create a culture of innovation

Business innovation doesn't just happen; it has to be encouraged and nurtured by the right professional environment. So say speakers at a Women Who Inspire discussion sponsored by Boston's Northeastern University, including the chief innovation officer for Boston Children's Hospital.

VA issues interim final rule for wait times fix

The Department of Veterans Affairs has released an interim final rule intended to slash the long wait times that precipitated this year's nationwide scandal. 

Physician leaders, collaboration essential for effective bundled payments

Organizations interested in developing a model for effective bundled payments may want to look to UnitedHealthcare, which has successfully implemented a program to reduce cost of care and improve quality, according to a FierceHealthPayer special report.

Ebola: Researchers need access to virus samples for treatment, vaccines

U.S. researchers say their lack of access to Ebola samples hinders their efforts to understand the deadly virus and work on vaccinations and treatments for it, according to Reuters.

Comfort-focused ER to streamline care, improve patient experience

A new 42,000 square-foot emergency room at Florida Hospital Tampa's campus will take a new approach to emergency care, according to a report from the Tampa Tribune.

Rethinking the rules of healthcare

Hospital leaders trying to figure out how to handle challenges such as increased consolidation, growing competition, diminishing profit margins and pressure to contain costs can think their way through the answers by considering some new rules, health economist Paul Keckley writes in H&HN Daily.

Medicare readmissions penalties will hurt COPD patients, teaching hospitals

Lung disease experts say Medicare's new policy to penalize excessive hospital readmissions for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease will do more harm than good--hurting a vulnerable patient population and also the hospitals that care for them.

Resilience training may help prevent ICU nurse burnout

Resilience training among intensive care unit nurses may help them cope with stressful work experiences and prevent psychological side effects, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Critical Care.