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U.S. demand for Ebola protection leaves Africa short

American demand for personal protective equipment to treat Ebola is leaving the West African countries affected by the outbreak in short supply, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Demographic trends help hospitals plan for the future

Hospitals must pay closer attention to demographics and trends among their patients to provide the most appropriate care, according to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton CEO Richard Freeman, reports.

CDC: Emergency departments saw record visits in 2011

Emergency departments across the country saw a record number of patients in 2011, with more than 136 million people visiting, and experts only expect the demand to increase, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

How providers can address the rural healthcare crisis

Rural healthcare providers are at a crossroads. Faced with the same problems as the rest of the industry as it transitions from a fee-for-service model to value-based care, rural providers must also contend with a shortage of healthcare workers and fewer resources to adapt to newer consumer and regulatory demands.

5 (more) ways to make your practice thrive in 2015

Last week, I offered five practice traits that appear to be common denominators for success. In truth, I had 10 in mind, but ran out of space in which to share them. But while the first batch was...

Retail clinics offer wake-up call for primary care practices

Traditional primary care practices (PCPs) ought to pay close attention to retailers such as Walgreens, RiteAid, CVS Health and Target. Their success, argues a blog post from healthcare consultancy The Advisory Board Company, should serve as a wakeup call that practices will need to up their service game in order to compete.  

Specialist referrals: Best practices to limit liability

Physicians' referrals to specialists have at least doubled ove r the past decade  or so, but that trend isn't necessarily problematic, according to an arti cle  from  Medical Economics. 

Oncologists can't afford to stay independent

While the healthcare-conso lidation  trend has accelerated across specialties since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, oncologists in private practice face particularly intense pressure to sell or become otherwise affiliated with hospitals, according to an art icle  from the  New York Times.

Digital physician-patient communication: Do the pros really outweigh the cons?

Despite acknowledgement that digital communication is increasingly becoming a standard feature of the healthcare landscape, and often with meaningful ben efits, a  Quartz  c olumn  by Esther Choo, M.D., an emergency physician and assistant professor at Warren Alpert Medical School, explored the downsides of e-health for patients and physicians.

Compassionate care key in decreasing patient pain, boosting outcomes

Healthcare that is delivered with kindness and compassion that celebrates the importance of human connection is more effective than not when treating sick patients, and can help them have less pain an anxiety, according to an article in  Newsmax Health.