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Hospital seek innovative ways to ease patient "scanxiety"

An increasing number of hospitals try to reduce the extreme fear that patients often have from the thought of being enclosed inside scanning equipment, a condition that healthcare professionals refer to as "scanxiety," according to  SFGate.

Physician groups speak out against Florida gun-gag rule

Physician groups across the country denounced last week's court ruling upholding a Florida law that discourages doctors from asking patients about gun ownership "when doing so would be irrelevant to patients' medical care."

Task force: Opioid prescribing standards needed

Standardized rules surrounding the amount of painkillers physicians may prescribe for specific surgeries and conditions is a critical factor in addressing the deadly epidemic of painkiller abuse, and a new task force in Massachusetts will work toward that change and more, the  Boston Herald  reported.

4 essential steps for population health management

Healthcare providers that orient themselves toward a population health-based model are better prepared for shifts in reimbursement, according to  Hospitals & Health Networks Daily.

Healthcare consumers: Strong provider relationships equal quality

Despite the growing emphasis on healthcare quality in the era of the Affordable Care Act, healthcare consumers define healthcare quality in ways not defined by current industry-supported quality metrics. 

The ultimate patient experience: High-quality care plus free Wi-Fi and 42-inch televisions

A newly opened hospital in Texas bets that the facility designed by physicians to provide patients with the ultimate  patient- centered  experience will give it an edge in the marketplace,  Healthcare Finance News   re ports.

Tennessee hospital quality program cuts complications 20%, saves 533 lives

Hospitals participating in the Tennessee Surgical Quality Collaborative saved more than 500 lives and cut costs by more than $75 million.

Should hospitals bear more responsibility for mentally ill?

With more and more stories of mental health patients injuring and killing healthcare worker across the country--most recently in Pennsylvania--hospitals and health systems need to focus more on treating mental illness, author Caroline Hamilton writes in  Security Info Watch.

Does telemedicine help or hurt the doc-patient relationship?

As the role of telemedicine expands, not all doctors believe that the movement is good for their relationships with patients. But doctors can meet a lot of healthcare needs without an in-person visit--as long as a physician has the patient's medical history, Joseph Scherger, vice president for primary care and academic affairs at Eisenhower Medical Center in California, told  Medscape. 

Essential building blocks for patient-centered medical homes

Insurers must implement certain foundational factors to build a successful patient-centered medical home, including strong leadership and staff commitment to the care model, adequate information technology and effective patient engagement tools,  rep orted   Health IT Analytics.