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New reaction to high healthcare costs: Consumer anger

Americans have become angry over r ising healthcare costs,  Consumer Reports  repor ted.

Researchers examine fingerprint scanning to boost vaccination accuracy

Electronically recording and tracking the fingerprints of infants and toddlers holds the potential to improve the volume and accuracy of immunization coverage, according to a Michigan State University study.

Aetna, Hartford HealthCare team up to form accountable care arrangements

Aetna and Hartford HealthCare announced today a new collaboration that will focus on value-based, accountable care arrangements in Connecticut, set to begin on January 1, 2015. 

Pioneer ACO program loses three more participants

Despite early success among some of the Medicare Pioneer Accountable Care Organization program, four more hospital systems recently dropped out, leaving just 19 of the original 32 organizations, according to an article in the  Wall Street Journal.

Rural hospitals left behind in push for accountability

Rural providers have been largely left out of the healthcare industry's shift toward accountability, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Specialized ambulance offers life-saving transport for dying patients

Seton Medical Center introduced a specially equipped ambulance to transport and save dying patients,  KXAN  news in Austin, Texas reported. 

Hospitals must define patient experience

In my most recent  Hospital Impact  blog, I reinforced the simple, but significant need to focus on three Ps of patient experience, offering that at the core of this idea is the central purpose on which an organization builds its experience effort.

Hospital security planning will play part in containing Ebola virus

Hospital security policies and personnel can play a huge role in preventing the spread of the Ebola epidemic that is raging on in West Africa, according to an article at

The future of nursing: An industry in flux

Like much of the healthcare industry, the nursing profession drastically evolves, adapts and morphs to meet new demands and needs every day. Amid debates about a nursing shortage, scope of practice and educational requirements, only one thing is certain--the future of nursing will change even more.

Hospitals innovate design strategies to improve patient experience

Hospitals increasingly pay attention to design and physical space as a factor in patient experience, according to  U.S. News & World Report.