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Improve Your Quality. No Excuses.
Carrie Vaughan, Senior Editor-Leadership

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is now disclosing hospital mortality rates to consumers for heart attacks, heart failure, and pneumonia on its Web site, which provides information on how well hospitals meet patients' needs on more than two dozen measures. But the extent to which consumers will actually use online tools to compare hospitals before deciding where to receive treatment is still in question.
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  August 22, 2008

 
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Room for one more?
Tufts Medical Center is seeking to join the ranks of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Medical Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital and become an official trauma center. The move could help Tufts increase patient referrals and give the center more prestige—it's the only major teaching hospital in Boston without the designation. But critics are concerned that too many trauma centers do more harm than good because it lowers the volume of trauma patients, which physicians need to hone their skills and maintain expertise. [Read More]
Resignations shake up medical system
Conflicts among key leaders at the University of Maryland Medical System have culminated this week in the resignations of the board chairman and nine other directors. The system's CEO, Edmond F. Notebaert, had already announced his retirement last month. Robert A. Chrencik, the chief financial officer, will step into the CEO role, while a search is conducted for a permanent replacement. One can only hope that the remaining leaders can come together and repair the fractured relationships that have plagued this system in recent months. [Read More]
McCain's health insurance plan: More radical than Democrats'?
Republican John McCain's health insurance plan, which would offer everyone a federal tax credit to help them pay for insurance and tax workers on the value of the insurance they receive from employers in an effort to encourage individuals to seek out a less expensive health plan, could mean the end for employer-sponsored health coverage, according to some experts. Proponents argue it would help lower prices. [Read More]
California hospitals fined for patient safety violations
Last year, the California Department of Public Health was authorized to fine hospitals for breaches in patient safety that cause or could cause serious injury or death to patients. The agency has issued 61 penalties ($25,000 per incident) to 42 hospitals, since the law was passed last year. This article lists the 18 most recent hospitals fined—violations range from mislabeling tissue specimens to improperly storing medications to leaving surgical instruments inside a patients. [Read More]
 
This Week's Headlines
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center profits take nose-dive
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - August 22, 2008
Healthcare no longer near top of election agenda
Chicago Tribune - August 21, 2008
439,000 more get health coverage in Massachusetts
Boston Globe - August 20, 2008
New York legislators negotiate $200 million cut to hospitals
New York Times - August 20, 2008
Los Angeles hospital CEO pleads not guilty to billing fraud
AP/Yahoo News - August 19, 2008
In-store health clinics battle perception issues
MSNBC.com - August 19, 2008
Healthcare grows into a big business in Forsyth County, GA
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - August 18, 2008
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