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Seeking Quality Healthcare for Today's Seniors
Janice Simmons, Senior Editor
Nearly 11 million Americans receive long term services and support. More than half of this population is 65 or older—and their demand for these services is anticipated to double in the near future. But with this projection comes a serious question: Can we continue to take care of—and pay for—this population the same way we have in the past? The answer is becoming evident: No. [Read More]
    
 
February 4, 2010
 
Editor's Picks

Surgeons Still Forgetting To Remove Objects from Patients
Why do hospital teams unintentionally leave more than 30 types of surgical tools or other items inside their patients, a category of hospital error that California officials say is the second most common preventable adverse event in acute care? And why does the number of these forgotten items continue to increase? State health officials want to find out, and propose using $800,000 in administrative penalties collected from hospitals since 2007 for a collaborative project to study the problem. [Read More]

Top Hospitals are Improving Faster, Says HealthGrades Study
HealthGrades recently released its eight annual HealthGrades Annual Hospital Quality and Clinical Excellence study and the results show that the top 5% of U.S. hospitals are improving faster than the rest of the field. The same top hospitals have a 29% lower risk adjusted mortality rate, as well as a 9% lower risk adjusted complication rate than other U.S. hospitals. [Read More]

Hospital Creates Electronic Medication List to Achieve Consistency, Help Patients
In 2007, The Joint Commission made an addition to Goal #8 regarding medication reconciliation: Along with compiling a list of medications upon admission, each patient must receive a list of his or her medications upon discharge. Washington Hospital Healthcare System in Fremont, CA, embarked on a mission to comply with this goal by implementing a new admission and discharge process concerning medication reconciliation. [Read More]

Live ED Overhaul Webcast on February 23
Join HealthLeaders Media on February 23 for HealthLeaders Media Rounds: ED Overhaul: Reduce costs, improve quality, and increase satisfaction from 9 a.m.-noon, PST. This three-hour Webcast features discussion—including interactive Q&A—of the key issues impacting ED management. Hear top executives from Scripps Health, Tomball Regional Hospital, William Beaumont Hospital, and Methodist Healthcare share solutions to: crowding and wait times, streamlining the admission process, ED and hospital integration, staffing plans that reduce costs and increase coverage during peak hours, physician alignment, and quality and patient safety improvement. For more information and to register click here. To attend the program live on the Scripps La Jolla campus, click here.
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