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Forcing Transparency?
Maureen Larkin, Senior Editor-Quality
In what appears to be a push to transparency, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services wants to add 43 more indicators to the list of quality measures that hospitals are required to report on. Last week I wrote about how CMS' new list of proposed "never events" will affect hospital reimbursement for 2009. [Read More]
    
 
April 24, 2008
 
     
 
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Can CSI help you curb infections in your unit?
Inspired by the popular television drama CSI, investigators in the Netherlands have tested methods used by forensic scientists at crime scenes to highlight infection risks in their hospital. The results of this experiment are reported in a new study, published in the Journal of Hospital Infection. [Read More]

Patients prefer to challenge nurses on safety issues
Patients feel more comfortable questioning nurses than doctors when it comes to matters of safety and their healthcare, says a study in the journal Quality and Safety in Health Care. The study also reports that women are far more likely to speak up than men. [Read More]

Quality of care, not number of procedures, determines bypass results
It may go against conventional wisdom, but hospitals that perform fewer cardiac bypass operations don't have more deaths following the procedure than hospitals that handle more of the procedures, says a study in the April issue of the Archives of Surgery. The authors say the findings show that using death rates after cardiac bypass surgery may no longer be an accurate gauge of the quality of care. [Read More]

EHRs: Building blocks for quality healthcare
If we look to EHRs to address existing gaps in quality of care, it is important to provide primary care physicians in small practices with the necessary financial support and training in quality improvement so that they can successfully make the transition to EHRs, says this column at MedPageToday.com. [Read More]

AHRQ Web site spotlights healthcare innovations
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has launched a Web site that will allow those working in hospitals and healthcare organizations to exchange ideas for improving healthcare. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines


MRSA infections increasing in all surgical fields
Occupational Health and Safety - April 24, 2008


Violations found at North Carolina hospital
Raleigh News & Observer - April 17, 2008

GAO report calls for better hospital standards
Baltimore Sun - April 17, 2008
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Faith in the Hospital
In a shifting healthcare world, faith-based systems face a new set of challenges in their quest to stay true to their mission. [Read More]