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Obama to send 3,000 troops to help fight Ebola outbreak in West Africa

President Barack Obama will announce an allocation of military and medical resources to combat the deadly Ebola virus' spread in West Africa today, The New York Times reported.

Risk calculators aid shared decision-making

Making a major medical decision is challenging for patients, with an increasingly complex list of factors to weigh, including everything from quality of life to financial expense. And while this process is highly influenced by  patients' emotions, new tools for physicians can use data to fairly accurately weigh the risks and benefits of many treatments and procedures.

Marketing technique hospitals can use to improve patient satisfaction

In a world where patients and consumers can look up healthcare prices and hospital ratings online, the industry faces increased competition and transparency, and must enhance patient experience to stay relevant, according to a recent  Forbes  piece.

Industry experts: Expand patient access, education to personal health info

Patients increasingly have access to their health records, and that means finding ways to improve access and ensure patients know how to use the information, according to panelists at a health summit Monday.

Hospitals still struggle to cut medical errors

Physicians often labor under what is described as a "culture of perfection" that deflects efforts to reduce the number of medical errors in hospital settings.

Payer-provider collaborations seek to answer proton beam therapy questions

When it comes to high-pri ced clinical treatments with murky evidence of effectiveness, proton beam therapy  takes the cake. As hospitals rake in the profits, payers are left with the bill for a treatment that can cost $30, 000 more than other types of radiation therapies. 

82 Illinois hospitals slapped with $16 million in readmission penalties

Eighty-two Illinois hospitals will pay more than $16 million in collective readmission penalties for not reducing their preventable readmissions, the state Department of Healthcare and Family Services announced last week.

Ray Rice fallout fuels healthcare's domestic violence prevention efforts

Fallout over Baltimore Ravens' Ray Rice's assault of his then-fiancee Janay Palmer has renewed the conversation on domestic violence and how various healthcare providers collaborate on programs to aid victims.

DeSalvo touts interoperability, Blue Button at Consumer Health IT Summit

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT jumped into National Health IT Week in the District of Columbia by placing the focus on the consumers' role in their own healthcare.

Are hospitals safer than ambulatory surgical centers?

The death of Joan Rivers has increased scrutiny of outpatient medical centers and ambulatory surgery centers, according to PBS Newshour.