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 Hospitals fall short on infection goals

Hospitals fall short on infection goals

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  January 14, 2015

U.S. hospitals made significant strides in the past several years in reducing the number of infections acquired within their facilities but fell short of the Obama administration's targets, according to a new federal report.

Slide Show: Healthcare losers in 2014

Slide Show: Healthcare losers in 2014

By Modern Healthcare  |  December 31, 2014

Many of the biggest healthcare events of the year, such as Ebola's arrival in the U.S. and the VA's waitlist scandal, were not kind to the people and organizations swept up in them.

West Africa has long way to go to stop Ebola, Frieden says

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  December 22, 2014

Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, lauded progress made in recent months toward slowing the pace of the spread of Ebola among the West African countries hardest hit by the virus, but he warned more work would be needed before the outbreak comes to an end.

Coverage expansion, low cost growth, continued reform battles highlight 2014

By Harris Meyer  |  December 20, 2014

Healthcare providers and insurers were busy implementing healthcare reform in 2014, millions of uninsured Americans gained coverage, and healthcare spending growth remained modest even as partisan warfare over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act continued in full force.

Ebola network of 35 hospitals established in 12 states, D.C.

Ebola network of 35 hospitals established in 12 states, D.C.

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  December 02, 2014

Thirty-five hospitals across the country now are designated as Ebola treatment centers, with more hospitals to be named in the coming weeks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday.

House panels hear experts' analysis of Ebola response

House panels hear experts' analysis of Ebola response

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 15, 2014

Two House subcommittees will host Ebola-related hearings this week. The Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a session Nov. 18 examining the public health response to the Ebola outbreak.

CDC introduces new Ebola risk and response levels for travelers

CDC introduces new Ebola risk and response levels for travelers

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  October 27, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Monday issued new guidance for travelers returning to the U.S. from West Africa amid criticism over the measures some states have taken in implementing mandatory quarantines of returning healthcare workers.

Clumsy Ebola response tests country's faith in health leaders

Clumsy Ebola response tests country's faith in health leaders

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  October 25, 2014

The American public's deep fears about Ebola and politicians' inflammatory rhetoric following the three U.S. cases in Dallas have prompted public health experts to think about how the country might respond to a more serious infectious disease pandemic, and what lessons can be learned from the...

New Ebola protocols will cost hospitals more

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  October 25, 2014

Many are welcoming the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's tighter safety guidelines for treating Ebola patients. But meeting those standards may pose financial challenges for hospitals.

Hospitals may struggle to execute CDC's stronger Ebola standards

Hospitals may struggle to execute CDC's stronger Ebola standards

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  October 21, 2014

Healthcare experts are calling the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's tighter guidelines for treating Ebola patients welcome but also long overdue. And meeting the standards may pose financial challenges for many facilities.

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