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National Kidney Federation: By Renal Patients for Renal Patients

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Feb 13, 2019 7:30:00 AM

The National Kidney Federation (NKF) is the largest kidney patient association in the United Kingdom. The NKF entered the United Kingdom’s renal landscape in 1979 as a national organization when renal patients realized that individual Kidney Patient Associations (KPAs) needed to band together to have their voices heard in concert. While the current 69 KPAs remain both the ears and the eyes of the NKF, end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients or their caregivers serve as the NKF’s officers, members of its executive committee and its workforce.

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Topics: Hemodialysis, Hospital Administration

State of Cost Transformation 2018: How Hospital Executives Are Dealing With Cost Challenges

Posted by Tim Callahan on Dec 24, 2018 7:30:00 AM

In January of 2018, Amazon announced the launch of an independent healthcare  company with backing from JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway.
This new venture, combined with retail health clinics and telehealth, is offering consumers health services at lower prices and with more convenience than hospital outpatient facilities. 

The emergence of differing healthcare models is putting more pressure on hospitals and health systems to stay competitive and examine costs.

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Topics: Hospital Administration

How do Physicians Feel About the Future of Healthcare? 4 Interesting Stats from the Future of Healthcare Survey

Posted by Anna Mueller, MS on Dec 12, 2018 7:30:00 AM

When you chose to become a surgeon, what made you want to pursue the occupation? Was it the opportunity to help others? Your interest in medicine? Maybe someone recommended the profession to you?

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Topics: Work-Life Balance, Hospital Administration

5 Stats to Know About Medical Student Life and Education

Posted by Anna Mueller, MS on Nov 20, 2018 7:30:00 AM

The decision to attend medical school can involve many factors. Medscape spoke with 2,400 residents about what made them want to study medicine as well as their experiences during their education. Here is a look at five interesting stats from Medscape’s Medical Student Life & Education Report.

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Topics: Hospital Administration

Residency Bullying: What You Need To Know

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Nov 14, 2018 7:30:00 AM

When you hear the word “bullying,” you probably imagine school-age children taunting each other in class, or young adults maligning each other behind the mask of social media. The last thing you’d consider is
the treatment of medical students completing 
hospital rounds—but
residency bullying is all too real, and it’s more widespread than you may think. 
A surprising 42 percent of U.S. medical students in their final year of school reported experiencing harassment, and 84 percent reported being belittled, according to a study published by the British Medical Journal.

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Topics: Cardiothoracic, Hospital Administration

How Hospital Changes Are Affecting Private Practices

Posted by Tim Callahan on Nov 12, 2018 7:30:00 AM

Will private practices become obsolete?

It’s not impossible, according to a report from the Health Care Cost Institute. Data show visits to primary care physician practices declined 18 percent between 2012 to 2016. And with rising business costs, changes to reimbursement plans and evolving regulations, not to mention patients flocking to urgent care centers and clinics, it's no surprise medical practice owners are concerned.

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Topics: Cardiothoracic, Hospital Administration

7 Qualities of an Effective Medical Leader Should Possess

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Nov 7, 2018 7:30:00 AM

Think of someone you consider a great leader. Maybe a former manager, coach, mentor or just someone in your social circles who always seems to take charge naturally.
What about this person 
makes them the right fit for a leadership role? Generally, it’s not one thing, but a collection of attributes that primes someone to lead.

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Topics: Hospital Administration

How Dialysis Clinics Can Prevent Infection

Posted by Deborah Brouwer-Maier RN, CNN on Mar 7, 2018 6:18:00 AM

Protecting patients from bloodstream infections (BSIs) should be a top priority for any dialysis clinic. Dialysis patients are at high-risk for infections as the bloodstream is being repeatedly exposed for access, and patients’ immune systems are compromised.

Dialysis patients with central lines experience an estimated 37,000 BSIs per year, with 1 in 4 of those cases resulting in death. Additionally, patients are hospitalized for infection to the tune of $23,000. Nephrology experts agree that this potentially deadly and costly BSI problem is preventable when dialysis clinics follow some important guidelines.

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Topics: Hospital Administration

3 Ways a Checklist can Help Improve Patient Communication

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Mar 5, 2018 6:15:00 AM

Checklists are an invaluable tool that help us organize priorities and processes, and accomplish important tasks in an intentional order. Almost ten years ago, doctors from John Hopkins University created a checklist for central line insertion that resulted in a 70% decrease in central line-related infections. Since then, checklists have become ubiquitous in the medical field, leading to successes like global reductions in surgical morbidity and mortality, and improving the quality of care overall. A recent study found that hospitals who used the World Health Organization’s Surgical Safety Checklist had a drop of 22% in post-operative deaths.

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Topics: Hospital Administration

Should Patients Be Allowed to Record Doctors?

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Feb 14, 2018 7:06:00 AM

It’s no secret that today’s smartphones can store a lot of valuable information. What you may be surprised to learn is that patients are often recording their doctor visits.

In fact, according to research from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, it’s likely that at least one patient out of your last 10 has recorded their visit.

Whether it’s a routine appointment or a surgical procedure, the practice of recording doctors is a debated issue. That’s why it’s so important to understand both sides of the issue before saying yes.

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Topics: Hospital Administration

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