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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.

Maine, nurse reach settlement on Ebola quarantine

The state of Maine has reached a settlement with Kacey Hickox, the nurse who sued over the requirement that she remain in a 21-day quarantine after returning from Sierra Leone, Reuters reports.

Big Medicine can lead to big monopolies

 
The surgeon who argued in The New Yorker that healthcare systems should act more like restaurant chains, using their size to provide a better variety and quality of goods and services at lower cost, says monopolies are the biggest potential drawback of so-called "Big Medicine."

Does social media boost healthcare careers?

Many nurse practitioners and physician assistants believe social media use has helped their careers, according to a new survey by The Clinical Advisor.

Emails suggest bias in Phoenix VA probe, say critics

Richard J. Griffin has come under fire for his work as lead investigator in the probe into malfeasance at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System, according to the Washington Post.

Functional medicine: A new model of care?

If successful, Cleveland Clinic's new functional medicine department could put the hospital out of business. But the innovative approach to teach patients how to avoid the hospital altogether is just the program that the world renowned, non-profit academic medical center wants to pursue, according to the Desert News National.

More Ebola cases likely in US by year's end--but how many?

More cases of the Ebola virus are likely to emerge in the United States by the end of the year as healthcare workers return home, but just how many remains unclear, according to the Associated Press.

Lack of advance directives leads to unwanted care

Nearly a quarter of older patients say they or a family member with advanced illness were pushed into unwanted or excessive treatment, according to articles published in a recent issue of Public Policy & Aging Report (PP&AR).

Longer hospital stay equals lower mortality, fewer readmissions

One extra day in the hospital cuts costs and significantly reduces the chance of the need to readmit Medicare patients within 30 days, a new study from Columbia Business School found.

 

3 keys to a successful population health management approach

An organization's transition to manage the health of certain populations is often met with obstacles, but there are three strategies that will improve your chances of establishing a practical and effective approach, according to an article in Becker's Hospital Review.

Intermountain CIO warns of morale problems in health IT

The leadership turnover at the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT may be hurting morale within the healthcare industry, Intermountain Healthcare CIO Marc Probst told FierceHealthIT in an exclusive interview. 

Ebola Watch: Nurses plan protests over lack of preparedness in US hospitals

National Nurses United, which has repeatedly warned that nurses are unprepared to handle patients with the deadly Ebola virus, will hold protests in at least 14 states and the District of Columbia to demand tougher Ebola safety precautions in U.S. hospitals.

Despite hospital safety process improvements, outcomes backslide

The fall 2014 update to Leapfrog's Hospital Safety Score reveals a mixed bag of news about U.S. hospitals. Overall, of the 2,520 hospitals scored, 790 earned an "A," 688 earned a "B," 868 earned a "C," 148 earned a "D" and 26 earned an "F." In addition, several states moved up into the "A" rankings, including Wisconsin, Florida, Virginia and New Jersey, according to an announcement.

Traditional communication isn't enough: Use entertainment education to fight Ebola

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

Use patients, families as experts to improve quality

Hospitals could improve quality and safety if they engaged patients and their families in improvement initiatives, experts say.