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Jess White

Jess WhiteJess White, Contributing Editor for HealthcareBusinessTech.com, has written for several different print and online publications throughout her career.
Jess is currently an editor with Progressive Business Publications (the parent company of PBP Media and HealthcareBusinessTech.com), working on the Keep Up to Date on Primary Care Coding & Reimbursement newsletter.
Previously, Jess spent several years as an editor for a community newspaper group in the Philadelphia suburbs owned by the parent company of the Philadelphia Inquirer. She was also a freelance writer for Patch.com, AOL's community news division.
Jess graduated with honors from Temple University and holds a dual degree in journalism and French.
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Patients play role in promoting hand hygiene

Getting clinical staff on board with hand hygiene is essential to stopping the spread of disease in hospitals. To do so, many facilities are making patients more active partners in reminding their providers to wash their hands, and they’re using unique tactics to do so. 

U.S. News & World Report releases new Best Hospitals list

After a brief delay, U.S. News & World Report has issued its annual ranking of the best hospitals in the country. And due to some changes in its methodology, there are a few new facilities being recognized this year. 

4 keys to caring for vulnerable, high-risk patients

Hospitals are tasked with caring for members of many high-risk populations, such as senior citizens. Because Medicare and other payors are tying payment to patient outcomes, facilities must have a plan in place to manage the unique needs of patients with multiple chronic conditions and other significant health issues. 

ACA ‘skinny repeal’ fails: What’s on the horizon for hospitals?

As it currently stands, the push to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) seems to be at a standstill after the Republicans’ “skinny repeal” plan failed to pass in the Senate. That may lead hospitals to think the fight’s over, but it’s not finished just yet. 

Senate debates ACA repeal: Latest developments for hospitals

The roller coaster ride that’s the Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal continues. After several different attempts at repeal failed to advance, the Senate finally got enough support to bring an actual ACA repeal discussion to the table. But for hospitals and other healthcare stakeholders, the path from here remains unclear. 

Strategies to improve children’s health after discharge

It’s important for providers to communicate information about recovery to patients and their families – but it’s even more critical for the youngest patients who can’t advocate for themselves. New research suggests providers must do more to educate parents about how to properly care for children after a hospital stay. 

Good news: When readmissions decrease, fewer people die

Because of the growing focus on readmissions, many healthcare experts were worried that other areas could be negatively affected by the push to keep people out of the hospital – specifically, mortality rates. However, new research offers good news on this front. 

ACA repeal fails: What’s next for health care & hospitals?

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) saga continues. Two recent efforts to repeal the bill have failed to get enough support to go forward, but its future still remains uncertain, leaving hospitals in limbo. 

Study looks at readmission causes for all payors

Most studies of readmissions focus on Medicare patients, and for good reason: Hospitals are penalized for high Medicare readmissions rates. However, to get readmissions under control, facilities must look at the full scope of the problem among all types of patients – not just senior citizens. 

Food insecurity: What hospitals can do for patients

Food insecurity is a significant problem for patients. And as hospitals put more effort into population health initiatives to better serve their communities, it’s become a higher priority to ensure patients have regular access to healthy food.