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Federal incentives help eRx rate to skyrocket

The rate of physicians who prescribe electronically has skyrocketed thanks to a pair of federal incentive programs, according to new statistics unveiled by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

NPs in Kentucky get more prescription independence

Nurse practitioners (NPs) in Kentucky can prescribe routine medications without a doctors involvement starting tomorrow--if they completed a four-year collaboration with a doctor,  Kaiser Health News  reported. 

DeSalvo names new ONC workgroup chairs

National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, at Tuesday's Health IT Policy Committee, revealed who will head the six  new workgroups first announced in April  as part of plans to reduce silos within ONC and transition the agency beyond Meaningful Use.

Nurse's firing over Instagram photo spurs social media debate

This week  FierceHealthcare  covered a story that struck a nerve with readers, raising questions about social media use, HIPAA, the bias shown to doctors versus nurses and firing practices at hospitals.  In case you missed it, an  emergency room (ER) nurse in New York w as fired after posting a photo of an empty trauma room after clinicians saved the life of a man hit by a subway train.

Clayton Christensen: Some healthcare industry problems call for a take-charge CEO

The American healthcare system is "sick and getting sicker," and executives must take decisive action to fix it--even if that means making some people angry, management guru Clayton Christensen tells Forbes.

Retirements, hospital mergers bring interim executives to forefront of healthcare

The number of baby boomers set to retire and the number of independent delivery networks and networks in the U.S. will mean a demand for interim executives within the healthcare industry, particularly in the chief information officer and the chief medical informatics officer positions.

Data analytics use a key push for 'Most Wired' hospitals

The use of data analytics technology to achieve success as the healthcare industry transitions to focus on value over volume is a pressing issue for hospitals, particularly those named to this year's "Most Wired" list.

Government investigates 67 claims of VA whistleblower abuse

The federal government is investigating 67 claims of retaliation by Veterans Affairs Department supervisors against employees who filed whistleblower complaints, according to testimony during a House Veterans Affairs Committee during a hearing this week. 

Nurses urge UMass Memorial to punish new CNO

Nurses at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts want the hospital to punish or fire the newly appointed chief nursing officer, Diane Thompson, amid claims she fosters a "punitive organizational culture" detrimental to patient care and staff morale,  Boston Business Journal  reported.

Nurses, emergency department workers often targets of violence

Violence against front-line hospital workers is a growing problem across the country and the globe, specifically against nurses and emergency department workers.  The number of  vio lent incidents  involving hospital workers jumped 37 percent in the past three years, according to a recent  su rvey  by the International Association for Healthcare Security & Safety.