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Would You Hire a Deaf Nurse?

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, editor for HealthLeaders Media

A nursing school boots out a deaf student over concerns that her hearing loss would limit her ability to safely perform clinical rotations. Nonsense, says the Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Loss. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

How Prehabilitation Can Improve Outcomes and Reduce Hospital Costs

Better preparing cancer patients for surgery and the rigors of treatment regimens can improve patient outcomes and generate cost savings through shorter hospital stays and fewer readmissions, researchers say. >>>

Docs to Disruptive Patients: 'You're Fired'

A California physicians organization is finding that more doctors are dismissing patients because they are uncooperative, refuse to comply with treatment, exhibit drug-seeking behaviors, and increasingly threaten the safety of care providers. >>>

UnitedHealth Exec Offers 5 Tips on Patient Engagement

The giant health insurer has learned much from its consumer engagement program. Lewis G. Sandy, MD, senior vice president for clinical advancement at UnitedHealth Group, shares some practical lessons. >>>

OIG Recommendation 'Would Kill Rural Health'

Alan Morgan, CEO of the National Rural Health Association, is blasting a federal report that recommends stripping critical access designation from any hospital that was brought into the program under a state "necessary provider" designation. "The practical effect is that it would kill rural health," Morgan says. >>>

OB/GYN Pushes Doctors To Think About Cost

Increasingly, physicians are speaking out against wasteful spending on needless medical treatments. At her South Carolina hospital, Lauren Demosthenes, MD, is targeting "low hanging fruit that doesn't hurt the patient or the doctor." >>>

CMS Pays Primary Care Bonuses Amidst Bureaucracy

Payments from the Medicare Primary Care Incentive Program are "a good start," to help bolster physician pay, but primary care physicians consistently fall "below 50% of the average specialty incomes," says the head of the American Academy of Family Physicians. >>>

Hunting Season for Healthcare Workers

Hiring hospital workers is getting tougher as physicians, nurses, and other clinical staff become more aware of their market value. In the meantime, potential sources of talent remain frustratingly out of reach. >>>



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News Headlines

Telemedicine improves care for kids seen in rural ERs

Reuters, August 20, 2013

Survey of nurses finds 'moderate' verbal abuse

The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 19, 2013

NH patients seek accountability in hepatitis case

Boston.com / Associated Press, August 19, 2013

CA patient-interpreter bill aims to overcome language barriers

Los Angeles Times, August 19, 2013

Here's how a Cincinnati ER cut its wait time by 70 percent

Cincinnati Business Courier, August 16, 2013

Training options abound within nursing field

Houston Chronicle, August 16, 2013

Most agree with smoker surcharge on health insurance

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 16, 2013

Why doctors are reluctant to take responsibility for rising medical costs

The Atlantic, August 15, 2013

Parkland not slowing down changes after passing safety test

The Dallas Morning News, August 14, 2013

Maine Medical Center announces 225 position cuts, other reductions

Bangor Daily News, August 14, 2013



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From HealthLeaders Magazine

New Approaches to Patient Experience

The simplest and most effective patient experience strategy may be listening to the patient, directly through personal discussions and indirectly through survey data analysis. >>>

 

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