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Quality Challenges from Within: Findings from the HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey 2010
Janice Simmons, Senior Editor
In our HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey 2010 released this week, quality leaders again ranked the category "quality/patient safety" as their organization's No. 1 priority this year—just like in the previous year. This year, 65% selected this category, but it represented a 19-point drop from the last year's 84%. [Read More]
    
 
February 11, 2010
 
Editor's Picks

Expectant Moms, The White House is Calling
The White House officially moved into the mobile phone health application business when it unveiled a free texting service for use by expectant and new mothers. With the program, at least three text messages can be sent weekly to pregnant women via cell phones giving them friendly reminders appropriate to their stages of pregnancy on how to keep themselves healthy. The program was announced by Aneesh Chopra, the White House chief technology officer, during a health IT meeting in Washington, DC. [Read More]

NIH Panel Concerned about Barriers to Colon Cancer Screenings
A National Institutes of Health State of the Science panel recommended that healthcare needs to identify better ways to stop colorectal cancer. The panel noted that while guidelines have supported the value of getting screened for colorectal cancer, the disease still remains the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. [Read More]

Nurse Anesthetists Say They Practice Safely Without Supervision
Nurse anesthetists across the country are vehemently defending their ability to administer anesthesia to Medicare patients without physician supervision, saying there's never been a study showing the practice to be unsafe, as alleged by two large physician groups who filed a lawsuit last week. [Read More]

Four Ways to Properly Store Vaccines
Every year, healthcare providers dispose of millions of dollars of stored vaccines when those vaccines become too warm or too cold. However, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, MD, with funding assistance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recently completed the first of a series of tests to find out the best practices for properly storing and monitoring refrigerated vaccines. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines
Joint Commission Issues Interim Staffing Effectiveness Standards
Matt Phillion, for HealthLeaders Media – February 10, 2010

Long-term care hospitals face little scrutiny
New York Times – February 10, 2010

Texas nurse to stand trial for reporting doctor
New York Times – February 8, 2010

Do Sleepy Medical Residents Jeopardize Patient Care?
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media – February 5, 2010
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Length of Stay: The Management Headache That Will Not Go Away: The current financial crisis notwithstanding, operating margins have continued to shrink and raising capital has become a daunting task. This increasing financial pressure comes at a time when EMR and other technology investments are needed to stay viable as a quality healthcare provider. Unless you have a lot of empty beds, improving patient throughput is key to successfully managing this pressure, say contributors William F. Ott, Jr., and Michael N. Abrams. [Read More]
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