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Quality By the Numbers
Janice Simmons, Senior Editor
In her first official appearance yesterday on Capitol Hill since her confirmation hearings, new Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius could have addressed a variety of topics in her opening remarks before the House Ways and Means Committee. But on this particular day, she chose to focus on the "numbers"?the numbers found in two new annual reports from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality on healthcare quality and healthcare disparities. [Read More]
    
 
May 7, 2009
 
Editor's Picks

Collaborative Program Looks to Prevent Errors Through Data Sharing
Four years after the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 authorized the creation of Patient Safety Organizations, hospitals can now join a PSO of their choice. With this change, hospitals around the country now can receive stronger data analysis and solutions surrounding quality- and patient safety-related errors—enabling them to create better systems for patient care. [Read More]

Children's Game Inspires Hospital Emergency Department
Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is using peer pressure and the threat of humiliation in a game of "Tag, You're It!" with hopes of reducing hand-washing lapses among the busy emergency staff. [Read More]

Boston Leads Nation in Physician Wait Times
Boston, the home of leading medical schools and hospitals, a high physician population, and universal healthcare coverage, also leads the nation's 15 largest cities with the longest waiting times to schedule a doctor's appointment, according to a new survey by physician recruiters Merritt Hawkins & Associates. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines

AHRQ Reports Find Issues with Patient Safety, Racial Disparities
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media - May 6, 2008

WHO Initiates Worldwide Campaign to Promote Hand Hygiene
Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media - May 6, 2009

Medical mistakes are an unhappy reality in Georgia
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - May 4, 2009
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