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Monday, January 27, 2020

Healthcare Administrator News

Hospital Mergers Don’t Improve Patient Care, Study Finds

Provider trade associations have long claimed hospital mergers boost patient care, but recent research funded by HHS calls this into question.

New Vaccine Technology Eliminates the Need for Syringes—and EMRs

Each year, approximately 3 million people die due to vaccine preventable diseases, half of which are in children less than 5 years...

FDA Clears First-Ever Disposable Duodenoscope to Reduce MDR Infections

The device received the FDA's "breakthrough" designation because it will eliminate MDR infections that occur even if duodenoscopes are cleaned properly.

Amazon Launches Medical Transcription Service that Might Be Faster than Anything on the Market

The online destination that makes buying all your professional and personal items a cinch now claims it can help your EHR documentation go must faster.

Hospitals’ Median Earnings Increased 20 Percent in October

October was a profitable month for the nation's hospitals, in the context of both year-over-year and month-over-month earnings.

Important Takeaways for Health Pros from the AHA’s New Quality Measures for HBP

The new measures prioritize a patient-centered approach and prioritize controlling HBP below the new ACC/AHA target of 130/80 mm Hg.

Inpatient vs. Outpatient: Which is Associated with More Preventable Medical Errors?

Primary and outpatient settings provide the bulk of health care — but do they account for the bulk of errors?

Survey Breaks Down Patients’ Biggest ‘Pain Points’ When Seeking Care

Long wait times at primary care offices and walk-in clinics are a deterrent for many people to seeking healthcare, especially younger generations....

Federal Judge Turns Down the ‘Conscience Rule’: What This Means for Clinicians

Voice your opinion on the ethics of the "conscience rule" as a healthcare provider.

How Often Do You Clean the Electronic Devices You Use at Work?

From tablets to smartphones to laptops, electronic devices are increasingly important parts of healthcare settings, but they also pose hygiene challenges. They...

7 High-Tech Products Slowly Replacing the Stethoscope

For more than two hundred years, the stethoscope has remained a fundamental tool for all healthcare providers. But with recent advances in...

Leapfrog Publishes First-Ever Ratings of Outpatient Settings, Finds Quality Lagging

The Leapfrog Group released its first rankings of outpatient care, specifically ambulatory surgery centers and hospital outpatient departments.

Is Hand Sanitizer as Effective as Hand-Washing to Prevent the Flu?

New research calls into question current CDC and WHO guidelines for hand hygiene to prevent the flu.

The Future of Antibiotic Development Under Threat: What This Means for Your Practice

Another day, another study about the failures of the current healthcare market. According to a recent analysis, drug makers...

No, It’s Not Just Millennials Who Want to Try Telehealth

The results of recent poll asking American adults about their telehealth habits may surprise you, especially when it comes to seniors.

Meet the Team of Nurses Who Revolutionized Their Hospital’s EHR System

This multi-year undertaking called Project Joy has allowed nurses at the UCHealth system to spend more time at the bedside than they'd done in year.

Does Burnout Really Lead to Worse Patient Care?

It's presumed that burnout drastically harms the quality of patient care, but previous research into the subject might be lacking...

Nurses Share Successful Strategies They’ve Tried to Stop Workplace Bullying

In theory, it's up to nurse leaders and administrators to deal with bullying at their facilities, but this often doesn't happen. Then, the responsibility falls on nurses themselves.

These States Have the Lowest Vaccination Rates

The number of unvaccinated individuals has quadrupled since 2001. A report from WalletHub delves into this trend state by state.

Vaping-Related Lung Disease Confirmed in More Than 1,000 People in 48 States, 18 Dead

As the CDC continues its investigation into vaping-related lung disease, more than 1,000 people have been diagnosed with the mysterious condition.

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