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Will We Ever See Zero?
Maureen Larkin, Senior Editor-Quality
A story about Medicare's looming deadline for "never events" traveled around the Associated Press wire earlier this week, informing the general public about what those of us who work every day in quality and infection control already know: As of October, Medicare has declared that it won't pay for certain hospital-acquired conditions and happenings and others--including state governments and private insurers--are following suit. [Read More]
    
 
Feb. 21, 2008
 
Editors Picks

The medical consumer: a trillion here, a trillion there
The director of the Center for Medical Consumers in New York City says that America spends more than most other countries for healthcare, but the services provided are more often than not inefficient, unsafe and lacking in quality. [Read More]



Actress joins fight against hospital mishaps
She used to play a doctor on television, but in real life, actress Alicia Cole has joined the fight against hospital acquired infections. She's formed the Alliance for Safety Awareness for Patients after suffering for months with her own case of necrotizing fasciitis. [Read More]



New approaches to fighting MRSA
An Arizona State University professor says mathematical models, when used to develop policies and treatment protocols, have the potential to reduce dual drug resistant infections in hospitals. [Read More]



Making hospitals more humane
Two downstate New York hospitals have made changes to make hospital experiences more pleasant for patients. These changes include better communication with patients, noise monitors on each floor and hospital apparel that's a bit less revealing. [Read More]



Medical advances will help reduce hospital-acquired infections
Advanced technologies, such as antibiotic-impregnated catheters, can go a long way in helping hospitals reduce the rate of hospital acquired infections, says Vanderbilt University Medical Center's director of trauma/surgical critical care residency. [Read More]

This Weeks Headlines


U.S. deemed unready for health crisis
AP/Boston Globe - February 21, 2008



Little Clinic supports doctors' group care standards
The Tennessean - February 21, 2008



Missouri health system institutes patient wrist bands for safety
News Tribune - February 19, 2008



Hospitals now must report serious staph cases to officials
San Francisco Chronicle - February 15, 2008



Heparin probe finds U.S. tie to Chinese plant
Wall Street Journal - February 15, 2008



NCQA to measure effectiveness of obesity treatment
Business Insurance - February 15, 2008



Patient-safety alliance report finds hospital errors on the decline
Philadelphia Business Journal - February 15, 2008

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