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Hospitals often ignore policies on using qualified medical interpreters
By Sabriya Rice | August 30, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
As the U.S. grows increasingly more linguistically and culturally diverse, some safety experts worry that healthcare providers too often are not making professional interpreter and translator services available to patients and families, increasing the risk of adverse events.
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Outsourcing lab services can save money, but it's not that simple
By Jaimy Lee | August 30, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Hospitals increasingly are outsourcing nonclinical services such as laundry and food to save money. Now, some are turning the cost spotlight on clinical services such as labs and diagnostic imaging. But such moves require hospitals to evaluate service and quality issues.
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Obamacare's political turning point
By Harris Meyer, Managing editor | August 30, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
We've come to a fascinating point in the Obamacare political battle where Republican candidates aren't sure they still want to attack Democrats over the law, and Democrats still aren't sure they want to claim credit for it.
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Provider plans price more aggressively on insurance exchanges
By Paul Demko | August 23, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The launch of the Obamacare exchanges has offered an opportunity for provider-sponsored plans to compete on a level playing field with the traditional insurers that long have dominated the individual and small-group markets.
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Most Influential leaders have blazed bold reform paths
By Andis Robeznieks | August 23, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The man who may have to keep his veto pen handy to block congressional Republican efforts to repeal or roll back the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act took the top spot in Modern Healthcare's 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare.
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Ice Bucket Challenge highlights how rare diseases are neglected
By Merrill Goozner, Editor | August 23, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
What a sad summer, marred by the racial unrest in Ferguson, Mo., and the beheading of a U.S. journalist by religious fanatics in the Middle East. The Ice Bucket Challenge launched by the ALS Association comes as welcome relief—and all for a good cause.
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Devicemaker sales reps being replaced in the OR | Hospitals train staff to take over OR role of helping surgeons
By Jaimy Lee | August 16, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
To cut the price of orthopedic implants and curb the influence of manufacturers, some hospitals are training their own employees to provide technical assistance to operating room staff, displacing company sales representatives who have offered this service to surgeons for decades.
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New medical technology poses safety problems if users not trained properly | To improve patient safety, hospitals urged to adjust for how staff use new technology
By Sabriya Rice | August 16, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Experts say some types of adverse events and near-misses commonly happen when new technology is introduced without adequate analysis of how staff will interact with new devices.
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Without Medicaid expansion, some hospitals suffer | Hospitals see big differences between Medicaid expansion and nonexpansion states
By Beth Kutscher | August 16, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Hospitals in Medicaid expansion states are seeing deep reductions in their uninsured volume and the amount of uncompensated care they deliver. That's not happening in nonexpansion states.
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Another year of pay hikes for non-profit hospital CEOs
By Rachel Landen | August 09, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Despite public ire aimed at executives at not-for-profit healthcare systems because of their multimillion-dollar pay packages, their salaries and total cash compensation continued to rise at a far faster clip than average worker salaries in 2012—the most recent year with full data available.
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