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Tackling the social determinants of health

Tackling the social determinants of health

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  February 06, 2016

Urban public health departments are launching 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.

ACHE Gold Medal Winner: Exec wants nurses to have role in healthcare evolution

ACHE Gold Medal Winner: Exec wants nurses to have role in healthcare evolution

By David Royse  |  February 06, 2016

After nearly 40 years in nursing, Linda Knodel has witnessed many changes in the field, including the expansion of technology in patient care, shifts in care settings and skill sets, and even changes in the work-life balance expectations of nurses. But one thing has remained constant:...

ACHE Awards: Recognizing outstanding healthcare achievement

By Modern Healthcare  |  February 06, 2016

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.

Growing hospital systems stretch supply chains

Growing hospital systems stretch supply chains

By Adam Rubenfire  |  January 30, 2016

Hospital systems that have acquired physician practices and outpatient treatment centers are wrestling with how to integrate them into their existing supply-chain distribution system. The goal is to extend the low prices achieved through bulk purchasing to these geographically dispersed facilities.

Seeking a solution for patient record matching

Seeking a solution for patient record matching

By Joseph Conn  |  January 23, 2016

Ensuring providers accurately match electronic health records with the right patient has emerged as a hot-button issue for the health information technology industry as its provider customers come under increasing pressure to freely share records with other providers.

Behind Pamplona's bid to build a revenue-cycle giant

Behind Pamplona's bid to build a revenue-cycle giant

By Melanie Evans  |  January 23, 2016

When partners with the private equity firm Pamplona Capital Management turned to healthcare for promising acquisitions, they rejected the industry's latest, hottest trends. They saw greater potential in healthcare's highly fragmented and high-growth market for outsourced revenue-cycle services.

Dealmaking keeps up heady pace

By Melanie Evans  |  January 23, 2016

Last year ended as frenzied as it began for healthcare dealmakers. Globally, merger and acquisition activity reached record volume in 2015, and the value of global healthcare deals increased 66% last year to $723.7 billion, according to Dealogic.

Looking for hot spots in the liability danger zone

By Sabriya Rice  |  January 16, 2016

For years, physician practices looking to lower their malpractice claims failed to tackle internal quality problems until they were hit with a huge settlement. That invariably meant they focused only on those particular situations. But now they're taking a much wider view.

Building teamwork through tough times

Building teamwork through tough times

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  January 16, 2016

David Marshall has been the chief nursing officer at the University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston since 2001. He didn't initially plan on a nursing career, but his skills in running UTMB's nursing programs over the past 15 years have earned him this year's Senior-Level Nursing Executive Award.

Guiding, counseling cancer patients all along the way

Guiding, counseling cancer patients all along the way

By Maria Castellucci  |  January 16, 2016

Sharon Cosgrove is Sparrow Cancer Center's first and currently only breast cancer navigator, a program she has managed for four years. For her achievements, Cosgrove is this year's winner of the Excellence in Nursing Award for unit or department-level nurse leaders with extensive patient contact.

In praise of nurses

In praise of nurses

By Merrill Goozner  |  January 16, 2016

America's 3.4 million nurses serve in a variety of settings, from the bedside to the C-suite and from the OR to the dean's office. During most healthcare visits, a nurse will be the first caregiver a patient encounters. In a growing number of situations, advanced-practice nurses, who typically have...

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