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Hospitals, physicians fight for women's equity in healthcare research, delivery

In an exclusive interview with FierceHealthcare, KIimberly Skelding, M.D., an interventional cardiologist at Geisinger Health System based in Danville, Pennsylvania, discusses efforts by hospitals and physicians around the country to improve equity in healthcare research and delivery.

Dallas hospital defends treatment of Ebola patient

The Dallas hospital that treated Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, is defending its actions in the wake of his death, according to Boston.com.

Baylor University Medical Center could lose millions in federal funding

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services warned Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas that it must quickly correct deficiencies that put patients in immediate jeopardy of their health and safety or it will lose millions of dollars in federal funding, according to the Dallas News

Hospitals must identify affiliation model that works for them

Hospital affiliation is becoming more of a reality within the healthcare industry as organizations fight to remain financially strong and produce quality outcomes. However, there are many different ways to affiliate and hospitals must identify the model that works best for their respective facilities, according to an article in Hospitals & Health Networks.

The financial highs and lows of Pioneer ACOs

The trail blazed by Pioneer accountable care organizations (ACOs) is bumpier for some ACOs than for others, according to financial data released Thursday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Include caregivers in healthcare process for greater experience

Guest post by Darlene A. Cunha, R.N., a senior healthcare executive who focuses on population health management and the patient caregiver experience. Recently, I attended an interdisciplinary team...

IHI announces health improvement coalition

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) announced a new coalition to improve broader patient health by working at the community level.

Ebola outbreak could cost affected nations $32B

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa could come with a $32 billion price tag, according to a report from the World Bank.

Heavy antibiotic use in acute care facilities could lead to drug-resistant infections

Despite a push at hospitals around the country and the world to combat rising antibiotic resistance, a new study finds hospitals give patients antibiotics that are more likely to promote drug resistance.

Lessons in healthcare leadership from four of the worst bosses on TV

Good, effective healthcare leaders can teach providers a lot about running a successful organization.

But as is quite often the case, sometimes you can learn just as much with an example of what not to do.

Sometimes people in real life teach those lessons, but there's also a whole host of lessons you can learn from depictions of employer-employee relationships within the realm of television.

FierceHealthcare rounded up four examples of the stuff of HR nightmares, and found the silver lining of the lessons they can teach us by counterexample.

Nurse-led intervention program didn't improve readmission rates or reduce ER visits

A nurse-led intervention program aimed to reduce readmissions among ethnically and linguistically diverse older patients didn't improve 30-day readmission rates, according to a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine

Hospital leaders share care continuum strategies

Hospital leaders discussed their individual organizations' strategies for integrating post-acute providers such as skilled nursing facilities into the care continuum as part of a panel discussion on Tuesday at U.S. News & World Report's Hospital of Tomorrow conference.

Providers, officials double down on Ebola precautions

In the wake of the death of the patient with the first case of Ebola in the United States and the errors that led to his initial misdiagnosis, healthcare providers and other institutions plan to step up their safeguards against the virus.

Hospitalized patients show poor hand-washing habits

Hospitals around the country focus efforts on improving employees' hand-hygiene compliance, but may want to spend time encouraging hospitalized patients to wash their hands, according to a new study published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology

Jeter's branding philosophy can be a home run for hospitals

Hospitals and other organizations can learn a lot from newly retired Yankees great Derek Jeter when it comes to branding themselves as winners, according to an article in Forbes.

Medical school pilot program uses simulations to prepare students for residencies

A five-year pilot program involving 10 medical schools uses simulation tools to better prepare students for residencies, according to U.S. News & World Report. 

No more good ol' boy network for hospital boards

The challenges of healthcare reform have forced hospital boards to change the way they do business, with many hospitals now looking for board members who will challenge the status quo.

 

Dallas hospital treating first Ebola patient may face legal troubles

In addition to the medical challenges of dealing with Ebola, there may be legal trouble in store for the Dallas hospital housing the country's first patient diagnosed with the virus, according to Texas Lawyer.

3 essential steps to ensure a successful hospital opening

There's more to opening a new hospital than laying the cornerstone and completing construction, the CEO of the new Victory Medical Center Fort Worth in Texas writes in an article published by Becker's Hospital Review.

The link between aggressive treatments and lower failure-to-rescue rates

Hospitals with aggressive treatment styles, commonly referred to as high hospital care intensity, had lower rates of patients dying from a major complication (failure to rescue) but longer hospitalizations, according to a study published this month in JAMA Surgery