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Fierce Healthcare | March 31, 2016
African-American patients fare better in hospitals that treat a racially diverse population than in mostly-white hospitals. Furthermore, they end up paying less for their care, according to a report in The American Journal of Gastroenterology. A team of researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, led by Philip Okafor, M.D., studied outcomes for black patients diagnosed with five common gastrointestinal issues in mostly-white and diverse hospitals....
Fierce Healthcare | March 30, 2016
Too few people understand that bedside nurses are the providers in charge of the functions that "very often determine health outcomes and the procurement of ethical care," according to a Huffington Post blogger. Nurses do far more than dispense medications, dress wounds and perform physical exam, Nurse Practitioner Billy Rosa wrote in his blog post. In addition to providing daily patient care, he said....
Consolidation within the healthcare industry made headlines last year and promises to be a hot topic in 2016 as well, particularly as pediatric healthcare providers consolidate to improve care coordination, according to the CEO of a major children's hospital. Throughout the country, pediatric facilities are embracing consolidation, Christopher Dawes (pictured), president and CEO of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, told FierceHealthcare in an exclusive interview....
A new report that reveals numerous instances of doctors behaving badly but still practicing medicine illustrates the need for greater transparency in healthcare. The report, part of Consumer Reports Safe Patient Project, examined doctors on probation in California for offenses ranging from drug abuse to sexual misconduct to fatal, careless mistakes, but still practicing medicine....
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