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Tackling the social determinants of health

Tackling the social determinants of health

Urban public health departments are launching a number of new initiatives to address the social determinants of ill health, which are now seen as a contributing factor to the social unrest of recent years. Experts say such efforts represent an evolution of the core mission of public health departments.

Ascension seeks productivity elixir from its joint venture in Cayman Islands

By Merrill Goozner  |  February 06, 2016
Ascension seeks productivity elixir from its joint venture in Cayman Islands

Ascension is looking to its Caribbean joint venture with India's Narayana Health to provide a model for enhancing hospital productivity. But bringing the model home would require major changes in physician and nurse behavior, an overhaul in surgical and postoperative care, and regulatory reforms.


Research

Healthcare share of GDP by country, 2016

Healthcare share of GDP by country, 2016

A one page list of 21 OECD nations with universal coverage, ranked by percentage change of healthcare GDP from 2000 and 2013. Source: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Published: Feb. 8, 2016, p. 34.


Providers

Doctor gets 30 years to life for prescription drug deaths

A doctor convicted of murder for prescribing exorbitant amounts of painkillers that left three patients dead was sentenced Friday to 30 years to life in prison. The doctor was accused of prescribing "crazy, outrageous amounts of medication" to patients who didn't even need the drugs.

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2016 ACHE Awards: Recognizing outstanding healthcare achievement

2016 ACHE Awards: Recognizing outstanding healthcare achievement

The annual awards presented by the American College of Healthcare Executives recognize accomplished industry leaders at various stages of their careers. Read profiles of this year's winners, who will be feted during ACHE's annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership set for March 14-17 in Chicago.

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