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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.

Boom market continues for nonclinical healthcare jobs

Demand remains sky-high for nonclinical and frontline jobs in the healthcare industry due to a host of factors including the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, a new report indicates.

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.

ECRI top hazards: Alarms, data integrity, cybersecurity, device recalls

For the fourth year in a row, alarm fatig ue tops the ECRI Institute's Top 10 list  of health technology hazards. Meanwhile, cybersecurity has elbowed its way up the list of threats--and recall management makes a debut appearance.

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. 

Medical errors traumatize doctors and nurses

While errors made by medical professionals are known to have a profound impact on patients, a new study finds that such missteps also are a major source of trauma for doctors and nurses.   

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.

VA fires Phoenix hospital head

The Department of Veterans Affairs fired Sharon Helman, the head of the Phoenix VA Healthcare System, on Monday after an investigation confirmed a lack of oversight and other misconduct occurred under her leadership.