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Memorial Healthcare's Frank Fear: Federal initiatives strain our workforce

For emergency room doctors at Lansing, Mich.-based Memorial Healthcare, the implementation of virtual desktops helped to dramatically improve workflow, according to CIO Frank Fear. In a recent interview with FierceHealthIT, Fear discussed challenges with the virtual desktop rollout, which included personnel needing to focus on federal initiatives like Meaningful Use Stage 2 and ICD-10.

Hospitals failed to add new jobs in 2013

Hospitals added no new jobs in 2013, although the healthcare sector as a whole grew by 204,000 jobs and makes up more than 10 percent to total employment nationwide as of February, according to a labor brief from Altarum Institute's Center for Sustainable Health Spending.

Lessons from Cleveland Clinic's patient-satisfaction strategy

Want to increase patient satisfaction scores and the payer bonuses that come with them? Look no further than your millennial patients, born between 1980 and 2000, a large demographic with a unique set of expectations.

Employment or solo practice: Which is right for you?

There are pros and cons to every practice model. A recent  Medscape  survey of 4,600 doctors--including many with experience in both environments--compared how physicians feel about employment versus working for themselves.

Updated SGR repeal plans draw political controversy

Legislation that would permanently repeal Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) may be in jeopardy after Republicans inserted language that would delay the Affordable Care Act's mandate requiring that all individuals obtain health insurance,  NPR  reported.

Checklists as effective, important as ever

Doctors introduced the concept of checklists to the healthcare setting to prevent errors, especially for staff that are often fatigued and distracted. Checklists now play a large part in reducing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), Kay Temple wrote in an  Infection Control Today  article.

Emerging global healthcare markets may hold key to value-based care

The U.S.must learn more about value-based healthcare from global emerging markets and employ frugal innovation if the country and the industry wants to reduce the gross domestic product on healthcare and prevent it from rising 25 percent over the next few years,  Forbes  contributor Reenita Das wrote in a recent opinion piece. 

Bill Spooner: You're only as strong as the people you work with

In part 2 of an exclusive interview with FierceHealthIT, former Sharp HealthCare CIO Bill Spooner shares his advice for new CIOs in the industry, as well as lessons learned.

Why hospital CEO turnover is on the rise

Hospital CEO turnover reached an all time high of 20 percent in 2013. Experts cite a variety of causes for the uptick, including consolidation of the healthcare industry. 

Feds investigate 'patient dumping' law compliance

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights convened last week to determine if hospitals across the country are violating the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act by "dumping" mentally ill and other patients.