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US hospitals unprepared for Ebola-related medical waste

Some U.S. hospitals might be prepared to treat the Ebola virus, but are they prepared to dispose of Ebola-related waste? Probably not, which could threaten public safety, according to a report by Reuters.

Reporter's Notebook: Boston healthcare forum tackles Affordable Care Act, product innovation

The Economist's  Health Care Forum 2014 conference in Boston brought together healthcare leaders to discuss hot button topics, such as price transparency and the future of healthcare. And though they didn't resolve the big issues, some of the topics--such as whether the Affordable Care Act is a success or a failure--generated lively debate.

Health insurance brokers key to Kentucky's enrollment success

Since implementation of the Affordable Care Act, health insurance brokers slowly understand their role in the industry. Case in point: In California, 39 percent of enrollees did so with a broker; in Kentucky that percentage was 44, according to  NPR. 

Electronic med packaging that records dosing boosts patient adherence more than similar tools

The use of electronic medication packaging devices that are integrated into the care delivery system and designed to record dosing events are more frequently linked to improved medication adherence than other such devices, according to new research published this week in the  Journal of the American Medical Association.

What hospitals can learn from other industries about consumer-driven care

In order for hospitals to stay competitive in the shift to consumer-driven care, organizations must focus on service, price transparency and quality. But the best model for this exceptional customer service isn't necessarily found in healthcare.

Electronic surveillance helps hospitals slash death rates

The use of an electronic physiological surveillance system on patients correlated with two United Kingdom hospitals slashing mortality rates by more than 15 percent over the course of a year, according to research published online this week.

3 simple ways to improve population health management

As healthcare shifts from fee-for-services to value-ba sed care federal policy will soon reflect new incentives that focus on population health management  tools and efforts, Ron Greeno, M.D., executive vice president of strategy and innovation at Cogent Healthcare,  to ld   Becker's Hospital Review.

Engage patients through casual conversation

Rural healthcare providers faces a host of challenges, but  patien t engagement  is one of the biggest hurdles they must overcome. 

New UCSF hospital to focus on patient engagement

At the University of California, San Francisco's soon-to-open Mission Bay Hospital, patient engagement will be one of the main focuses, according to Seth Bokser, medical director of IT at UCSF's Center for Digital Health.

Lack of education breeds disparities despite equal access to care

Improved access to healthcare under the Affordable Care Act won't necessarily narrow the care disadvantage gap for less educated patients, according to a new brief from the Virginia Commonwealth University's Center on Society and Health.