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CMS Needs to Come Clean on Immediate Jeopardy
Cheryl Clark, Senior Editor
There is concern among hospitals that rules governing how upcoming federal value-based purchasing regulations are not fairly or equitably interpreted or applied from state to state. And as of July 1, there's a huge amount of money at stake. [Read More]
March 17, 2011
Editor's Picks

55% of Censured Docs Face No Licensing Action by State Medical Boards
To assure quality of care, hospital medical staffs must keep a sharp eye on their practitioners and report any physician whose staff privileges they restricted or cancelled. But according to this report from the watchdog group Public Citizen, state licensing boards aren't taking action against an alarming number of these same doctors, who remain free to take their bad behaviors elsewhere. [Read More]

Inpatient Mortality Linked to Nurse Understaffing
The controversial topic about adequate nurse-to-patient staffing is renewed this week by a report that links mortality to higher patient turnover and understaffed shifts. The authors advise hospitals to seriously evaluate patient acuity and be flexible about beefing up staffing when nurses are overworked. [Read More]

The Case Against (and for) Donald Berwick
The arguments for or against keeping payer-in-chief Don Berwick on board as head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid make for a good read. Though a political lightning rod, Berwick was the thought leader behind many of the concepts now embedded in healthcare reform legislation. [Read More]

CA Investigating Latest Health Net Data Breach
This serious lapse is said to impact 1.9 million enrollees of the health plan. Nine servers in an office outside Sacramento are missing. [Read More]

Webcast: Boost Market Share with Your Oncology Services
Given the growing trend toward all-inclusive cancer centers, do you know how to differentiate your own oncology services to protect and grow your market share? Your oncology care is distinct. Its marketing should be, too. Join HealthLeaders Media on March 31 for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A and a case study, for valuable lessons from marketing leaders.[Read More]

Rounds: Orthopedic Leadership Strategies: Engage, Measure, and Perform
Forward-thinking orthopedic leaders are ensuring high performance and coordination among a carefully constructed caregiver team. Those leaders are also exploring the right metrics to know whether the outcomes they are tracking are the most meaningful to patients. Join the executive and clinical leadership team from nationally renowned MemorialCare Health System and orthopedic innovator Marshall Steele, MD, on March 29 for a three-hour dive into essential orthopedic leadership strategy.[Read More]
This Week's Headlines

Despite incentives, docs wary about switching to EHR
The Washington Post, March 16, 2011


Some hospitals open ERs just for graying patients
The Washington Post/Associated Press, March 15, 2011
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