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Ebola outbreak spinning out of control

As reports surface that a third American missionary has contracted Ebola while working in Liberia, public health officials said the outbreak is spinning out of control and has now spread to five countries.

Anxiety, provider mistrust send patients back to ER

Emergency department patients who return within a few days of discharge are usually anxious about their symptoms and lack trust in their care, according to a new study published in the  Annals of Emergency Medicine.

Ian Morrison: Private purchasers demand high quality, low costs from providers

Affordability is urgently needed in healthcare and the industry must continue to find innovative ways to constantly improve care while lowering costs for private healthcare purchasers, who drive the market and hold the entire financial margin of the healthcare delivery system, futurist Ian Morrison, Ph.D., writes in Hospitals & Health Networks.  

More research, standardization needed to prevent ER infections

A lack of both standardization and studies on emergency department practices complicates comparing research on infection control, according to a literature review published in the American Journal of Infection Control.

Painkiller restrictions too strict, some docs say

Despite the progress made in reducing the threat of prescription painkiller addiction and abuse, some physicians, including those who once supported tighter laws and regulations, say the restrictions have gone too far in preventing medication access for people in need, according to an article from the  Tampa Bay Times.

Will Medicare reimburse end-of-life planning?

As  predi cted, the  American M edical Association  issued recommendations for Medicare to cover end-of-life discussions with patients, a change that could prompt physicians to initiate these conversations more often, according to an  arti cle  from the  New York Times.

EHRs can increase routine testing for HIV

Electronic health records can help increase testing of patients for HIV and identify previously unknown cases of the disease, according to a study published recently in the  Journal of the American Medical Association.

New surgical guidelines seek to standardize pediatric care

Hospitals hope new guidelines will standardize surgical care for children, according to the  Wall Street Journal. 

Education, pre-surgery prep key to preventing hospital-acquired infections

Two new studies reveal how hospitals can tailor their  infectio n-control programs  to best battle  hos pital-acquired infections.

Hospitals expand visiting hours to accommodate patients, families

Several Tennessee hospitals recently expanded their vistation hours in an effort to better engage patients and families, the  Times Free Press  reported.