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Feb 27, 2015

facade-386556_640We've looked at a number of lists ranking aspects of healthcare careers--lists of the best healthcare jobs, lists of the top healthcare job trends, etc. Now let's take a glance at another dimension of the industry, a list ranking the hospitals themselves. Healthgrades just released its annual list of the top hospitals in the country. Besides ranking the hospitals, the Healthgrades list looks at which states have the highest number of high-rated facilities. It also identifies key traits shared by all the top-rated hospitals. To make the list, institutions must score in the top 1-2 percent in measures of "wide-ranging clinical excellence" over a period of years. Perhaps it's no shock to learn that larger states ranked at the top of the list of states with the most top-rated institutions. California had the most, with 22 hospitals in the top 100 and eight in the top 50. New York was second, with nine in the top 100 and five in the top 50.

Healthcare Jobs: PA Appreciation

Feb 25, 2015

imagesOne perhaps unanticipated result of the Affordable Care Act, according to a recent report, is that Physician Assistants (PAs) are attaining new importance on the healthcare food chain. Those were the findings of a recent survey by The Medicus Firm, a national physician recruiter. Medicus said that PAs rose to number five on their list of most frequently placed medical care providers for 2014, up from number six in 2013. What’s more, PAs didn’t even make the Medicus top 10 in 2012.

Job Satisfaction and Patient Outcomes

Feb 23, 2015

th258BGEDBIt’s no secret that people who are happier at their jobs tend to be healthier and better adjusted overall. But now it seems that happier healthcare employees make for healthier patients, too. These were the findings from recent research by Towers Watson, shared in a whitepaper entitled “When We’re Feeling Better, They’re Feeling Better: How Hospitals Can Impact Employee Behavior to Drive Better Care Outcomes.”

Hospital Careers: Finding a Nursing Job

Feb 20, 2015

nurse-37322_150Despite industry predictions that nursing jobs are set to become as plentiful as flowers in springtime, some new nursing graduates still report trouble finding work. A recent post—"Five Reasons Why New Nurses Can't Find a Job"— in NurseTogether offers some a few pointers on how to find that first job when the going seems tough. NurseTogether blogger LisaMauri Thomas looks at five stumbling blocks on the road to employment, and suggests ways to overcome them.

More Bullish News for Healthcare Jobs

Feb 18, 2015

bull-155411_150Lest anyone doubt that healthcare jobs are on the upswing, the latest report from Altarum Institute's Center for Sustainable Health Spending tells us pretty much what industry observers have been telling us for some time now. In other words, that the healthcare jobs market is bullish. According to Altarum, the health sector added 127,000 jobs in the fourth quarter of 2014,  the largest quarterly increase in at least 25 years.

A More Confident Workforce

Feb 16, 2015

150555248If you're working in a healthcare job, you'll be happy to know that you're happy now. Or happier, at any rate. That's according to staffing firm Randstad Healthcare. Their Healthcare Employee Confidence Index--an index taken by surveying 3,100 healthcare workers of various ilk--revealed recently that workers' confidence in the strength of the economy and in the availability of jobs in healthcare is on the rise. Randstad said worker confidence rose to 57 points in the fourth quarter of 2014--whatever that means--up from 54.3 points the previous quarter.

More Listmania: Top Trends for 2015

Feb 13, 2015

224968777In the frenzy of the annual end-of-year/beginning-of-year list-mania, we have yet another, which comes in the form of a survey from PricewaterhouseCoopers' Health Research Institute. Looking at 1,000 patients and health experts, the survey aimed to identify the top issues and trends in healthcare for 2015. The following is a sampling of the survey results, from the new and interesting (do-it-yourself healthcare??), to the familiar and mundane ("partner to win!").

Doctors Getting Social

Feb 12, 2015

186292982Physicians on Facebook? Internists on Instagram? According to a recent post on CDW Healthcare, healthcare personnel are becoming increasingly attuned to using social media as a means of reaching, and even treating, patients. It only makes sense. As the post/infographic points out, patients are increasingly using social media to search for health information—including info on the type and quality of care afforded by various providers. So it behooves providers to tap in by reaching out.

Healthcare Job Trends: A Post on Post-discharge

Feb 9, 2015

114687286With a new emphasis on patient outcomes in today's post-ACA climate, hospital officials are looking for new solutions to keep patients healthy. One of those solutions is an idea that's been around a while, but has yet to take hold. Until now, perhaps. The idea is that of the post-discharge clinic—a sort of transitional care center, located on or near a hospital campus. Studies like this one, by the Center for Studying Health System Change, show that one-third of patients discharged from a hospital don't see a doctor within 30 days of departure.

Tech Trends for 2015, Part II

Feb 6, 2015

background-213649_150Last time we took a closer look at five of the trends listed on Healthcare IT News' recent post on "Ten Healthcare Trends to Watch for in 2015." Here's a look at the remaining five items on the list: • Anti-obesity Devices: On Jan. 16, the FDA approved the first anti-obesity electronic implant, the Maestro Rechargeable System, which blocks "feed-me" signals from the stomach to the brain. More devices like the MRS are on the horizon, in planning or testing phases—gadgets that would act in much the same way as bariatric surgery, but without the risk or expense of an invasive procedure.