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4 survival tactics for the volatile healthcare industry

In the volatile world of healthcare, bold moves can sometimes lead to disaster and attempts to force a revolutionary idea can lead to serious repercussions, writes Dan Beckham in a  Hospitals & Health Networks  opinion piece.

Altruistic nurses more likely to burn out on the job

Although in theory it seems that helping others would be the right motivator to enter the nursing profession, a new study by University of Akron researchers finds that caring, nurturing and altruistic nurses actually experience more stress and burnout.

Bipartisan Policy Center report breaks down healthcare reform challenges

The Bipartisan Policy Center released a white paper report offering legislative and regulatory recommendations regarding the challenges and opportunities for healthcare delivery system reform and the shift from volume- to value-based care.

Is antibacterial soap safe for healthcare workers?

Despite the proven benefits of hand-washing, use of antibacterial soap may expose healthcare workers to "potentially unsafe levels" of a common chemical currently under Food and Drug Administration scrutiny, according to a new study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Older, sicker minority patients more likely to die after urological surgery

Older, sicker, minority patients and those with public insurance are more likely to die from a potentially preventable complication after commonly performed urological surgeries, according to a study published in  BJU International. 

Innovation is key to wellness program success

Thinking outside of the box has helped two wellness programs achieve success, including lowering claims costs and helping participants lose weight.

Sharing electronic records with patients gains traction, raises new concerns

More hospitals and physicians are choosing to provide their patients with access to their electronic records, but the practice is also raising new controversies.

The tall task of patient engagement

Government leaders, healthcare providers and patient advocates alike have made it clear that engaging patients in their own care will continue to a top priority in the health industry going forward, particularly as payment models shift to reward improved outcomes over volume. Not everyone in the health industry, however, believes that more engagement equals better results.

Hospital ICUs should reconsider use of harmful patient restraints

Hospitals should reconsider whether physical restraints are a good tool to use, especially in the intensive care unit as they could be ineffective or harmful in some situations, writes author Ravi Parikh in an article in  The Atlantic.

The power of art: Hospitals use paintings, sculptures to improve patient health, satisfaction

Hospital leaders frequently incorporate design when they remodel facilities in order to improve population health and community wellness. But many organizations now try to prominently display works of art to reduce patient stress and boost satisfaction, the  Wall Street Journal  reports. Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital took the concept to a whole new level, commissioning 19 artists to decorate its newly opened facilty in Indianapolis.