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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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AHA: How feds must reduce burdensome regs for hospitals

Hospitals face many regulatory burdens they must juggle to survive in the current healthcare climate. To lighten the load, the American Hospital Association (AHA) is asking the feds to make changes that would make life easier for facilities. 

7 ways hospitals can cut drug costs

Prescription drug costs are one of hospitals’ biggest expenses, and it doesn’t look like the trend’s going away anytime soon. As pharmaceutical companies continue to raise their prices, hospitals bear the brunt of the increases. 

More hospitals offering patients legal services

In an age of value-based payments, hospitals are doing more for patients than just treating their acute problems. They’re getting to the root of some of the socioeconomic issues that can make patients’ recovery difficult. Facilities are even offering patients access to legal representation in certain cases. 

Medical device security: How hospitals must tackle threats

Medical device security is a hot topic for hospitals. Most ransomware attacks target vulnerable computer equipment running older operating systems and software programs. Hacking devices may appeal to cybercriminals because they’re difficult to update. A new report shows that hospitals need to do more to protect their devices. 

Surprising source of bacteria & infections in hospitals

A great deal of effort’s been put into making sure hospitals avoid spreading germs that cause deadly infections in patients. But some of the bacteria may not actually originate behind hospital walls, which could change how facilities approach infection prevention down the line. 

Study: Early treatment protocols improve sepsis outcomes

Sepsis is one of the leading causes of death in hospitals across the county. As a way to improve patient outcomes, more healthcare pros are arguing in favor of early detection testing once the illness is suspected. There’s been some debate on whether this was effective – until now. 

Global ransomware attack wake-up call for hospitals

The latest big ransomware attack has put hospitals across the globe on high alert for cybersecurity. Although U.S. hospitals weren’t hit as hard as those in other countries, facilities still need to make sure their IT infrastructure would withstand a similar event. 

New protocols lower patients’ risk of VTEs in hospitals

Venous thromboembolism (VTE), or a blood clot in a vein, is a serious complication patients develop in hospitals – and it can be deadly. Thousands of patients are harmed by VTEs each year. One health system managed to implement a process that reduced VTE rates by 22%. 

Hospitals face hiring issues: How to respond

If it’s been harder for you to find quality staff at your hospital for all levels, whether it’s fellow executives or front-line nursing staff, you’re not alone. Hospitals are currently experiencing high levels of turnover. That, combined with a smaller talent pool, has made hiring difficult. 

Tech & medication errors: Are hospitals meeting guidelines?

Reducing medication errors is an ongoing battle for hospitals, and technology is the latest weapon they’re using to fight it. A new report from the Leapfrog Group highlights what many hospitals are doing to keep patients from being harmed due to issues with the medications they’re taking.