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How Providers First Did More Harm This Week
Cheryl Clark, Editor, Community Hospitals
Healthcare headlines this week were speckled with examples of how the healthcare system—no doubt with the best of intentions—sometimes ends up doing more harm than good.  As the saying goes, "stuff happens."[Read More]
November 11, 2010
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Hospital Infection Reporting Standards Inconsistent
Here's the latest in a series of studies suggesting that providers are not all reporting infections in the same way, a critical issue when it comes to payment incentives mandated under the Affordable Care Act. This report examined 20 intensive care units at four teaching hospitals. [Read More]

Slashing Medicare Reimbursements Curbs Treatment Overuse
Here's another report in the flurry of controversy over treatment for prostate cancer. According to this report, doctors were less likely to administer an ineffective therapy when Medicare cut payment for it.[Read More]

End-of-Life Pain Widespread, Potentially Controllable
Pain control in the last months or weeks of terminal illness has long been ignored in healthcare, and yet it's pain that many of us fear the most about the dying process. Reports like this help focus more attention on the issue as an essential element in improving quality. [Read More]

Federal HAI Prevention Funding Up for 2010
OK, $34 million from Uncle Sam for hospital acquired infection prevention isn't that much considering the problem, but it's more than double years past. Health providers scrambled to get grants, and there's a link to who received the funds.[Read More]

Breakthroughs Report: Future Healthcare and Collaboration
Explore strategies to accelerate the drive toward more cost-efficient and quality healthcare. In this new HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, leading hospital systems—Virtua, Crouse Hospital, Heartland Health, and The Chester County Hospital—share insights and lessons learned. [Read More]

Intelligence Report: Patient Experience — Help Wanted
While 72% of senior healthcare leaders say that patient experience has been a priority in the past year, only 1 of 8 CEOs has primary responsibility for it. Our exclusive, original research and analysis examines this paradox and delves into the realm of patient experience and its challenges, including why healthcare leaders report lack of success in achieving the kind of patient experience they need to provide.[Read More]

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This Week's Headlines

Drug suits raise questions for doctors, and juries
The New York Times, November 11, 2010


Hospital's infection fight is an 'obsession'
fredericksburg.com, November 9, 2010

ASHG Research Emphasizes Medical Value of Family History
Roxanna Guilford-Blake, for HealthLeaders Media, November 9, 2010
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