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Mar032015

3 ways to better serve aging populations

Treating elderly patients can be a challenge. They often require complex, time-consuming care, and it is the rare doctor that is trained in geriatrics. Still, even taking these issues into consideration it is hard to deny that doctors are failing their...
Mar032015

Fancy facilities don’t increase patient satisfaction

The Journal of American Medicine recently published a study challenging the idea that hospitals can increase patient satisfaction by expanding or renovating their facilities.  The hospital industry has moved towards designing buildings with patient-centered...
Feb232015

Transform leadership by paying attention

These days everything in the healthcare industry is streamlined: workflow, communication, intake, discharge — if you can name it there has probably been an attempt to streamline it. Of course, there is nothing wrong with making work processes...
Feb232015

What can healthcare leaders learn from recent controversies?

Healthcare lessons can be found anywhere and everywhere, if you're looking hard enough. Industry leaders only need to pay attention to current events to find cautionary tales and important takeaways. Here are two recent controversies and the...
Feb192015

How to build a safer hospital

Medical errors cause as many as 400,000 deaths per year in the United States alone, making it the nation's third leading cause of death. Patient safety advocates have begun to demand that a National Patient Safety Board be created to decrease the...
Feb192015

3 tips to increase patient satisfaction

The issues of patient satisfaction and experience continue to plague the healthcare industry. Naturally clinicians are interested in making a difference in their patients's lives and improving outcomes by finding new ways to optimize care. The Affordable...
Feb192015

How transparency leads to better practice

Since the introduction of the Affordable Care Act and it's Physician Payment Sunshine Act provision, which requires all providers to disclose their financial relationships with medical manufacturers, transparency has become even more important in...
Feb192015

Improving palliative patient care

Palliative care providers are part of an extremely important system designed to help seriously ill individuals manage pain, treat symptoms and lead the highest-quality life possible. New research published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management...
Feb192015

Hospital marketing trends for 2015

Hospitals may provide necessary, life-saving care on a daily basis, but at the end of the day, like any organization, they still have to market themselves. Hospitals must remain competitive and current if they hope to attract customers — in this...
Feb122015

Encourage patients to seek second opinions

New research shows that getting a second opinion can be good for both patient and doctor. A study by Pinnacle Care evaluated 1,000 cases with known outcomes over a three year period, and found that almost 77 percent of "medical interventions,"...