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Ebola: Fear, not facts, drives frenzy

Guest post by Jonathan H. Burroughs, p resident and CEO of The Burroughs Healthcare Consulting Network. He's also a certified physician executive and a fellow of the American College of Physician...

Joint Commission: Evidence-based care reaps positive results

Evidence-based care is taking hold at more and more hospitals, according to the Joint Commission's 2014 annual report, "America's Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety."

Hospitals in 13 states charge rape victims for exams, care

Hospitals in more than a quarter of the states charge rape victims for all or part of their post-assault exams, Channel 3000 reported.

eHealth Initiative roadmap calls for alignment of HIT regulatory efforts

Interoperability and Meaningful Use efforts need to be aligned with other healthcare regulatory and industry initiatives, according to the eHealth Initiative, which on Thursday unveiled its 2020 roadmap for transforming health IT.

Hospice patients less likely to die in hospitals

Hospice care patients are significantly less likely to die in the hospital than people who do not enroll, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Opioid ODs caused 100k ER visits in 2010

Prescription opioid overdoses prompted more than 100,000 emergency department visits in 2010 and cost hospitals more than $2 billion, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

How low health literacy, technology leave elderly behind

The Internet is quickly becoming the go-to place for health information, but those who are not well-versed in understanding health matters, and especially those who are elderly, are being left behind, according to a recent study.

Hand-hygiene compliance drops at the end of shifts

​Hospital workers are less likely to wash their hands toward the end of their shifts, according to new research that suggests the lack of compliance is due to fatigue from the demands of the job.

Ebola Watch: White House makes case for $6B in prep funds, resources

White House officials urged a Senate Appropriations Committee to approve an additional $6 billion in funding for Ebola preparation in the United States during a hearing on Wednesday.

Report: Out-of-pocket costs too high

The trend toward greater consumer cost-sharing, through higher deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance, is prompting many Americans to skip preventive tests and seek care, while also leaving them with burdensome bills, according to a new report from The Commonwealth Fund.