How Hospitals Can Prepare for an Influenza Pandemic

Public health officials agree that the next major pandemic will be influenza. Are U.S. hospitals ready for it?

from HealthcareDive

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources (HHS) estimates that an infectious disease pandemic could infect 90 million Americans and kill as many as 1.9 million people. This kind of pandemic would put a strain on the country’s healthcare system, sicken hospital staff and stretch hospital resources to their limits and beyond.

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How Redesigning the Abrasive Alarms of Hospital Soundscapes Can Save Lives

Reinventing the aural landscape of medicine, to make life calmer for patients and easier for doctors.

from Fast Company

Between 2011 and 2013, ambient electronic musician Yoko K. Sen spent time in a local hospital receiving treatment. She didn’t like what she heard. The incessant stream of jarring noises—slamming doors, beeping medical equipment, blaring televisions in neighboring rooms—wasn’t exactly conducive to a restful recovery. When she learned that some believe hearing to be the last sense we lose before death, Sen began wondering: Is this really what terminal patients should hear during their last moments on Earth?

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For-Profit Hospital Finances Look Stable, Profit Margins Should Improve

Report says margins are improving, especially when systems shed less-profitable facilities.

from Healthcare Finance

The outlook for the U.S. for-profit hospital industry remains stable, according a recent Moody’s Investors Service report. Earnings are expected to grow in the low-single digits over the next 12 to 18 months, while volume and pricing trends will continue to be modestly positive. Profit margins are expected to stabilize after a significant drop between 2015 and 2016.

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Hospitals Could Bear the Financial Brunt of the American Health Care Act

How the GOP’s replacement of the ACA could impact healthcare providers.

from STAT

The stakes couldn’t be higher for America’s hospitals in the debate over the GOP replacement for Obamacare. Here’s a quick breakdown of the top issues to watch and how they could impact providers across the country.

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Top Hospitals Promote Unproven Therapies

Is medicine with a side of mysticism still medicine? Hospitals affiliated with Yale, Duke, Johns Hopkins, and others seem to think so.

from STAT

Modern medicine clearly can’t cure everyone. It fails a great many patients. So why not encourage them to try an ancient Indian remedy or a spiritual healing technique that’s unlikely to cause harm—and may provide some relief, if only from the placebo effect?

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