Industry News - August 2016

Hospitals using Uber to get patients to care

For people without access to private transportation, getting to medical appointments can be a challenge


Are timeshare surgery centers the future?

Healthcare providers can lease facilities, staff and equipment


Fire closes California hospital

Patients evacuated from St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake


Louisiana hospitals up and running through flooding

Flooding is testing local hospitals' operations


Micro-hospitals, freestanding ERs urged for New York healthcare

More organizations are opening free-standing emergency departments and no-frills micro-hospitals for their convenience and accessibility


Baton Rouge hospital transfers patients due to floods

Ochsner Medical Center transferred approximately 40 critically ill patients to other facilities


Standard healthcare facilities not always best medicine for elderly

Elderly hospital patients arrive sick, often leave disabled


Research says patients will pay 38% more for 'five-star' rooms

A growing focus on patient satisfaction has hospitals turning to a more customer-centric model


Huge repair bill prompts patient safety fears at Scotland's healthcare facilities

Maintenance backlog costs now stand at almost £900m


Ratings confusion: California hospital gets 5 stars and an F

For Methodist Hospital of Southern California, ratings might do more to confuse the public than empower them


ICUs ease restrictions on visitors

Some hospitals are allowing family and friends of intensive-care patients to visit whenever they want


Hospitals look to hotels for patient satisfaction tactics

Medical researchers say some amenities can improve health outcomes by reducing stress and anxiety


Pokémon exposes vulnerabilities at healthcare facilities

A healthcare facility may have entrances that are not regularly monitored or guarded


VA spent millions on art as veterans waited for care, report says

The Department of Veterans Affairs allegedly spent $20 million between 2004 and 2014


CMS releases hospital star ratings

Article on Becker's Infection Control and Clinical Quality website lists 12 things to know


New design approaches to ambulatory care can help reach new populations

Ambulatory care providers in urban settings operate in an increasingly competitive environment


Tomorrow's malls may offer colonoscopies next to the food court

As e-commerce hits retailers, doctors are lining up to serve aging baby boomers



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