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WHO releases international antibiotic resistance plan

The World Health Organization has unveiled a new global strategy to tackle antibiotic resistance.

Hospitals expand monitoring to catch subtle warnings

Healthcare providers are expanding their methods for 24-hour patient-monitoring, factoring in subtle but important signs of worsening conditions.

Echoes of Ebola in N.J. patient's death from Lassa fever

While the controversy over the international response to the Ebola outbreak has yet to fully subside, a deadly case of Lassa fever in New Jersey has brought back still-fresh memories of how health officials and a Dallas hospital handled the first Ebola patient on U.S. soil.

EHRs can help reduce readmissions, study shows

Electronic health records can help predict which inpatients are at high risk for readmission, and do so in real time, according to a new study in  BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. 

Celebrating 5 years of FiercePracticeManagement!

On this day in 2010, the first iPads had gone on sale and Ke$ha's "TiK ToK" was the top song on the radio. Meanwhile, the Affordable Care Act had just become law, the Sustainable Growth Rate was still wreaking havoc and I was compiling the first-ever issue of  FiercePracticeManagement.

What patients should know before seeking second opinions

While many physicians agree that it's helpful for patients to seek a second medical opinion about a serious diagnosis or treatment plan--especially considering diagnostic errors occur in 10 to 15 percent of cases--the common practice is not always simple. A recent post from  Kaiser Health News  highlighted several caveats regarding second opinions, which may be useful for physicians and patients to understand and discuss.

'Underinsured' Americans latest healthcare reform controversy

A new healthcare reform debate may be on the horizon.  Democrats refer to the issue at hand as the nation's "underinsured" population.

Consumers buy high-deductible health plans begrudgingly

Non-group insurance enrollment hit an all-time high in 2015, but many of those consumers that bought high-deductible plans do not think are a good value.

California health department fines 12 hospitals $775K for patient deaths, injuries

The California Department of Public Health fined 12 Golden State hospitals nearly $800,000 for causing or risking death and serious injuries to patients, San Jose Mercury News reports.

To prevent burnout, hospitals must care for caregivers

Hospital staff spend long hours staying professional amid death, suffering, grief and anger from patients and their families, and those clinicians need support as well. To take care of their staff and prevent burnout, hospital leaders increasingly look for ways to treat stress and prevent the job from overwhelming clinicians, according to the Columbus Dispatch.