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States use HHS grants to offset care gaps

In the face of a looming primary care shortage and an ongoing rural health crisis, many healthcare programs invest in training nurses to work in underserved areas with the help of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Open Payment system back online, CMS announces

The Open Payments system is once again available for physicians and teaching hospitals to register, review and dispute financial interaction information received from healthcare manufacturers and Group Purchasing Organizations, according to an announcement from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Patient flow model helps independent community hospital improve length of stay, culture

One independent community hospital in Illinois adopted a new patient-flow model that reduced length of stay, bolstered hospital culture and improved patient flow, according to an article in Hospitals & Health Networks.

Hospitals around the world take extra precautions against Ebola

As concerns increase over the Ebola outbreak, hospitals across the globe take precautions that go beyond experts' recommendations, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Robin Williams' suicide shines spotlight on depression, healthcare services and treatment options

I'll never forget my first--and only--panic attack. About 18 years ago, while driving over the Tobin Bridge that crosses the Mystic River in Boston to head home after covering a healthcare...

Health tour aims to foster innovation among local leaders

A San Francisco-based company has started a nationwide tour aimed at kickstarting dialogue between local healthcare leaders to help them improve quality of care, boost patient engagement and eliminate inefficiencies within healthcare.

Hospitals must screen for superbugs like CRE or face deadly consequences

Hospitals must do a better job screening for antibiotic-resistant superbugs or face potentially deadly consequences.

New Orleans hospital flips floor plan to survive natural disasters

A Veterans Affairs hospital destroyed by Hurricane Katrina will rebuild to safeguard against future natural disasters, flipping the typical floor plan upside down, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.

Medical errors up 70% in Massachusetts while patient safety improves nationwide

Massachusetts acute care hospitals saw a 70 percent jump in serious medical errors and patient injuries in 2013, an increase health officials attribute to expanded definitions of what constitutes medical harm, the Boston Globe reported.

3 great leadership talks for healthcare executives

As the Affordable Care Act takes effect and healthcare shifts from a fee-for-service based model to a value-based one, leading hospitals and health systems through this transition is a daunting proposition.

But the Internet boasts a wealth of industry experts who offer advice during such unpredictable times. For this exclusive feature, FierceHealthcare rounds up three of the best healthcare leadership talks the Internet has to offe

2 approaches to increase market relevance

As non-traditional competitors enter the healthcare industry, hospitals and health systems must increase their market relevance, and take a hard look at what organizations can do to boost ability to satisfy customer's needs, according to an article in Becker's Hospital Review.  

As physician assistants increase, some schools expand programs

The growing physician assistant field has led some medical schools to expand their PA programs in hopes to offset the looming physician shortage.

 

 

1 in 6 lupus patients readmitted within 30 days

About one in six hospitalized patients with Systemic lupus erythematosus return to the hospital within 30 days, according to research published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatology.

Are hospitals responsible for preventing workplace violence?

Despite the rise in workplace violence, many hospitals don't know how to prevent assaults. But healthcare organizations must take steps to stop attacks because a governement agency will hold providers responsible for failure to put safeguards in place.

What healthcare providers should know about reverse false claims

The Department of Justice and the New York Attorney General's Office have intervened in a first-of-its kind federal False Claims Act lawsuit against Continuum Health PArtners, Inc. For insights on the significance of this case as Affordable Care Act enforcement unwinds, FierceHealthCare spoke to Leslie J. Levinson, J.D.

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.