Trending News - October 2013

Unpaid janitor, cook stayed with abandoned nursing home patients

Elderly patients left to fend for themselves after nursing home was closed


Rush University Medical Center among honorees for building design

Boldly-sculpted hospital by Perkins+Will has created a new landmark along the Eisenhower Expressway


Mississippi community college opens Healthcare Simulation Center to public

Center offers technology and equipment to for training for everything from health facilities to funeral services


Hospital safety report cards seem to be having a positive effect

New Jersey hospitals' grades steadily improving as employers, insurers take notice


Virginia's medical building restrictions to be re-examined

A federal appeals court instructs a district court to reconsider whether the statute unconstitutionally inhibits interstate commerce


Gaza students create energy-saving hospital cleaning device

Engineers hope device will be used to sterilize hospital rooms in Gaza


Healthcare of the future: What ambulatory surgery centers should be looking at now

Incorporating the future of medicine into ambulatory care delivery model today would put facilities ahead of the curve.


Walk-in health clinics becoming more common

The numbers of no-appointment, extended-hours medical facilities in South Carolina have expanded in recent years


Court dismisses lawsuit over UCLA Health System data breach

Ruling called good news for health care providers who are victims of theft or hacking of medical information where the plaintiff cannot prove that the thief or hacker actually viewed the medical information


Financial incentives boost hand hygiene compliance in study

Research was done at a tertiary medical center including outpatient center


Special construction techniques are being used to construct California hospital parking structure

New 351-car parking structure will be primarily underground to ensure a clear view of the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital from a major roadway


Tighter control over vendor and visitor access can improve safety

Survey reports hospital leaders have recently taken a closer look at ways to control access to their facilities.


Virtual healthcare facilities: Doctors and nurses can consult with patients over the Internet

Telehealth capabilities offer quick and convenient face time with doctors


APIC launches 'Infection Prevention and You' campaign

Initiation designed to help patients, families and healthcare professionals understand their role in preventing infections


Shutdown delays inspections of hospitals, nursing homes

Appropriations to pay for the reviews remains frozen until Congress passes a new funding bill


Canadian regional health system outlines operational improvement initiative

Western Health in Newfoundland will outsource some food service operations and trim 147 full-time equivalent positions


Widespread quality improvement seen at long-term care facilities

But according to a American Health Care Association, infection control poses a challenge


Is hospital outsourcing a short-term trend?

Hospitals have increasingly reduced costs with outsourcing to deal with Medicare cuts and healthcare reform


House hearing on health IT regulation postponed

Law requires HHS to develop a strategy and recommendations for a risk-based regulatory framework pertaining to health information technology


CDC offers guidance for clinical surveillance, management of MERS-CoV

Recommendations offered in preparation for future cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus


Hospital support workers in British Columbia await strike decision

Housekeeping staff holds informational picket at Burnaby Hospital


Data rights debated by privacy advocate, analytics expert

Both sides cited economic issues ass a basis for their arguments


Problems finding certified EHRs for Stage 2 expected

Hospitals and medical offices must advance quickly from Stage 1 to Stage 2 to avoid penalties


New HIPAA rules pose complex challenges for providers

Withholding sensitive records from insurance companies if the bills are paid out of pocket called all-but-impossible


Contest seeking ideas to curb hospital-acquired infections

Winning entrepreneurs will get a $2,500 minimum advance on 20 years percentage of sales or buyout and 50 percent of the licensing royalties


Healthcare-related construction expected to rise 6 percent in 2014

An aging population is still creating increased demand in this area, but The Affordable Care Act and related impacts on healthcare costs could shift developers' plans in the relatively near future



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