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Antibiotic stewardship benefits don't last

Positive gains from antimicrobial stewardship programs decline after the program is discontinued, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Do retail clinics hurt preventive care?

The retail clinic business has grown rapidly over the past several years, driven by a combination of factors such as the physician shortage, lower prices and better cost transparency. But the model is the wrong approach to healthcare, argues a piece in The Atlantic.

Texas nurse has Ebola; Did CDC protocols fail?

In the wake of news that a nurse who helped care for an Ebola patient in Dallas tested positive for the virus over the weekend, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggested the possibility of transferring infected patients to one of four U.S. hospitals with special facilities and training for treating highly infectious diseases.

Hospitals, physicians fight for women's equity in healthcare research, delivery

In an exclusive interview with FierceHealthcare, KIimberly Skelding, M.D., an interventional cardiologist at Geisinger Health System based in Danville, Pennsylvania, discusses efforts by hospitals and physicians around the country to improve equity in healthcare research and delivery.

Commonwealth Fund: 5 ways to improve health IT development, adoption

Several challenges persist when it comes to development and adoption of digital health tools. To that end, a pair of Commonwealth Fund reports published this month outline strategies to boost such innovation, and examine how some organizations currently are taking advantage of new technologies.

Financial challenges plague Federally Qualified Health Centers

Federally Qualified Health Centers  provide care to those who need it the most in a not-so-lavish way.  They also do something that other high-funded medical groups do not,  wr ites  Todd Rothenhaus, M.D., chief medical officer for AthenaHealth, in a blog post:  They focus on the patients and providers' quality of care, and worry little about revenue.

Dallas hospital defends treatment of Ebola patient

The Dallas hospital that treated Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, is defending its actions in the wake of his death, according to

Baylor University Medical Center could lose millions in federal funding

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services warned Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas that it must quickly correct deficiencies that put patients in immediate jeopardy of their health and safety or it will lose millions of dollars in federal funding, according to the  Dallas News

Hospitals must identify affiliation model that works for them

Hospital affiliation is becoming more of a reality within the healthcare industry as organizations fight to remain financially strong and produce quality outcomes. However, there are many different ways to affiliate and hospitals must identify the model that works best for their respective facilities, according to an article in  Hospitals & Health Networks.

Volume vs. value: The ongoing struggle

Healthcare organizations are caught between the gap of the volume model and the value model while trying to transition to the latter, American Hospital Association board Chairman and Presbyterian Healthcare Services CEO Jim Hinton recently told the New Mexico Hospital Association.