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Protocols Needed For Palliative Care at End of Life
Cheryl Clark, Editor, Community Hospitals
Hospitals lack standard process tools that trigger end of life care discussions in a timely way, researchers who examined medical records of nearly 500 terminally ill patients say.[Read More]
    
 
July 7, 2010
 
Editor's Picks

Not Discussing End-Stage Disease Prolongs Futile, Costly, and Painful Care
Researchers at UCLA and RAND Corp. studied palliative care conversations doctors had with a sample of nearly 500 patients who died at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. The report suggests that futile treatment proceeds days to weeks before doctors launch conversations about shifting to palliative care measures with family.[Read More]

UF Notifies Patients of Privacy Breach
Here's yet another unfortunate example of a major security breach that allowed patient social security numbers to go out on letters through the U.S. Postal Service to candidate research subjects. If security is to be achieved, healthcare systems that handle this sensitive information must get a better handle on keeping out away from public view.[Read More]

High-Risk Insurance Pools Begin Enrollments
They?re off. Of the 27 states that have decided to operate their own insurance pools for individuals who can?t buy their own commercial coverage because of pre-existing conditions, most are now enrolling patients. HHS now have a website that allows comparison and other information.[Read More]

CPOES Miss 1 In 3 Potentially Fatal Medication Orders
The Leapfrog Group, which years ago set the bar for computer physician order entry system, now says many of the systems have serious problems. Leapfrog is calling on the feds to require that as a condition of ?meaningful use,? such systems receive routine monitoring for accuracy.[Read More]

Leaders Forum

It is Time to Act
With the signing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, along with the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act, major change will be coming to the way healthcare is organized, delivered, and managed in the United States. Healthcare leaders have been dealing with constant change for the past 30 years, but now the rate of change will need to accelerate in order to achieve success in a reformed healthcare environment. [Read More]

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This Week's Headlines

Gwinnett, GA hospital won?t hire smokers
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The Boston Globe – July 5, 2010
Humana, University of Louisville feud costs patients
Louisville Courier – July 1, 2010

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