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The Top 10 Healthcare Business & Technology Stories of 2013

toptenFor the healthcare business world the upcoming year will center around the Affordable Care Act. Before it starts, Healthcare Business & Technology is taking a  look back at the stories that grabbed your attention this year. Here are “The Top 10 Healthcare Business & Technology Stories of 2013.”

  1. The 25 most beautiful hospitals in the world
    Hospital architecture and designs have transformed over time, from the once sterile white walls and stark decor to vibrant colors and eye-catching materials on the interior and exterior. The elements in today’s best designs have been proven to improve patient care.
  2. The 25 best hospitals to work for in the U.S.
    There are nearly 6,000 registered hospitals in the United States that rely on dedicated medical professionals and staff to provide patient care on a daily basis. These facilities often serve as second homes for employees and offer great benefits  to keep staff motivated and working in an environment that fuels their passion for helping patients stay healthy.
  3. The 12 Most Debilitating Diseases
    Debilitating diseases come in many shapes and forms – from those that attack the muscles in our body and affect our physical abilities to those that affect our brain function and impair our thought processes. People with debilitating diseases face a number of challenges that take an extensive toll on their health and finances. A person’s life can be completely changed in just a few short months as the disease progresses. Here’s a list of debilitating diseases that significantly change the lives of millions of people.
  4. The 10 Most Expensive Medical Procedures
    The high price of healthcare has put a lot of stress on individuals and the healthcare system, as they struggle to come up with the money to cover some of today’s most expensive procedures. Fortunately, insurance companies and government programs cover a portion of the expenses for patients. But for those without health insurance, the stress is even greater, making the rising cost of health care a big concern for everyone involved. With cost considerations for the pre-operation assessments,  hospital admission, the procedure, post-operation care and follow-up appointments, medical procedures are by no means easy on the wallet. Take a look at this list of the expensive medical procedures to see just how much healthcare can costs.
  5. The 10 deadliest epidemics in history
    It’s hard to imagine — in this day of super antibiotics and advanced medicine — but there was a time in  history when a single disease could cause the deaths of thousands of people virtually overnight. Here’s a list of diseases responsible for taking millions of lives all around the globe.
  6. Can outsourcing save your hospital major cash?
    If you’re like the majority of hospital executives, than you’re cutting costs every way you can without negatively impacting patient care. Problem is, you probably aren’t done. It’s projected that most hospitals will have to reduce operating costs by up to 20% by 2020. So what else can you do?
  7. The 10 Riskiest Medical Procedures
    Anytime a patient is required to — or elects to — have surgery, there are always risks involved. Some surgeries, however, carry with them a higher risk due to the difficulty of the procedure, the importance of the organ and the part of the body being operated on. Thanks to the skilled medical professionals who perform these surgeries, along with advanced medical technologies, mortality rates and complications have been significantly reduced. But despite ongoing medical advancements, there are still procedures that present high risk for complications during the procedure or recovery period.
  8. CMS’ new observation care rules get thumbs down from hospitals
    It appears the Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) isn’t winning any popularity contest with its new observation care/admission rule. In fact, you probably would be hard pressed to find anyone in a hospital or skilled nursing facility environment who are in favor of this rule.
  9. Best Children’s Hospitals list released by U.S. News & World Report
    It’s that time again. Time for the release of U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Children’s Hospitals rankings. The rankings is a guide to where children who have life-threatening, rare or demanding conditions or procedures, can get the best care possible.
  10. Mandatory flu shot policies: Good idea or legal minefield?
    Flu season is just around the corner, and preventing outbreaks in the healthcare setting is of utmost importance to hospitals. Some have even gone as far as creating policies to make flu shots mandatory for all employees, even healthcare execs. But is this the best bet for flu prevention – or legal trouble waiting to happen?

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