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Guest Commentary: Protecting our healthcare workers now

By Dr. David Nash, Janine Jagger and Amber Hogan Mitchell  |  November 21, 2014

In response to the immediate danger of Ebola, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued tightened guidance for personal protective equipment and related protocols. Its guidance addresses the specific risks of a single pathogen, but is only one precautionary step in the larger context of...

Guest commentary: Preparing for Ebola—and the media onslaught

Guest commentary: Preparing for Ebola—and the media onslaught

By Mark Bernheimer  |  November 18, 2014

For the vast majority of U.S. hospitals, Ebola is still hypothetical. But the potential of seeing a confirmed case is now real enough that no hospital, regardless of location, can afford to put off preparation. While most of the attention has been focused on isolation protocols and personal...

Practice Makes Perfect: Making sense of the dollars and cents to help patients

Practice Makes Perfect: Making sense of the dollars and cents to help patients

By Laura Palmer  |  November 17, 2014

In June, the Medical Group Management Association released the results of a questionnaire that ranked members' most pressing practice management challenges. In this edition of “Practice Makes Perfect,” we will tackle No. 10 on that list: understanding the total cost of an episode of...

Guest commentary: GPOs work behind the scenes on front lines of Ebola response

Guest commentary: GPOs work behind the scenes on front lines of Ebola response

By Lee Perlman  |  November 11, 2014

The important work of group purchasing organizations has been the subject of several recent studies, including a new survey sponsored by the American Hospital Association and conducted by Lawton Robert Burns at the Wharton School. While I am heartened that Burns found that GPOs produce savings and...

Former NEJM editor Relman was refused physician aid in dying

Former NEJM editor Relman was refused physician aid in dying

By Harris Meyer  |  November 04, 2014

Dr. Arnold Relman, the former New England Journal of Medicine editor-in-chief who died of cancer in June, sought the same type of physician aid in dying that Brittany Maynard received in Oregon last Saturday. But the famed physician's doctors in Massachusetts turned him down, said his widow, Dr.

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