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Superbug kills two patients in California

An outbreak of antibiotic-resistant superbug Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae that already sickened patients in Pittsburgh, Seattle and Chicago now has spread to UCLA's Ronald Reagan Medical Center and caused at least two patient deaths, the  L.A. Times  reported.

Ohio clinic aims to prevent patient falls in hospitals, homes

While most hospitals aim to prevent patient falls during inpatient stays, Joseph Rosenthal, M.D., and his team at Ohio State University's Wexler Medical Center want to expand that goal to prevent falls outside the hospital walls,  Hospitals & Health Networks Daily  reported.

How healthcare leaders can make it clear that black lives matter

The healthcare community has not been--and should not be--isolated from the recent dialog about racism spurred by outcry over what some view as police brutality and unequal justice targeted at black citizens, according to two recent opinion pieces in the  New England Journal of Medicine.

VA, DoD must pick up the pace of interoperability

The pressure is mounting on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense to share health records electronically--if only the agencies will take the hint. Not one, but two reports were issued last week decrying that the lack of interoperability is a serious problem for this country.

Prices not to blame for health spending growth

Health spending growth may not be a result of the rising cost of health services, but it's still worth keeping an eye on, according to Kaiser Family Foundation CEO Drew Altman.

Two key steps toward population health management

Population health management is one of those concepts that everyone is talking about, but hospital and physician leaders often don't know how to define it, wrote Kent Bottles, M.D., a professor at the Thomas Jefferson University School of Population Health.

New ONC guide aims to help providers maximize benefits of e-prescribing

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has released a new electronic guide to help prescribers maximize the benefits of electronic prescribing.

VA scandal: Attempted wait-times fix causes more confusion

The Department of Veterans Affairs' attempt to give veterans more options for care may confuse the people it was intended to benefit, the  Washington Post  reports.

Hospital for Special Surgery takes patient engagement, marketing to a whole new level

In an exclusive interview with  FierceHealthcare,  John Englehart, vice president and chief marketing officer for Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, talks about the organization's patient engagement initiative that snowballed into what he believes is the largest public online forum of orthopedic and rheumatological patient stories that currently exists.

Concierge firms may scrutinize docs more carefully following $8.5 million malpractice verdict

Concierge firms that contract with doctors to provide healthcare can be held legally liable for those physicians' actions, according to a recent court decision reported by  Kaiser Health News. Last week, a Florida jury returned an $8.5 million malpractice verdict against MDVIP, a decision believed to be the first against any concierge management firm.