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Who's Being Transparent With HAC Data?
Cheryl Clark, Senior Editor
For months, the American Hospital Association argued against the public release of hospital-acquired condition data linked to specific hospitals. Last week the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services made it public anyway. The numbers may not tell the whole story. [Read More]
April 14, 2011
Editor's Picks

HHS Unveils $1B Program to Reduce Medical Errors
Just a few days after releasing healthcare's dirty linen—hospital-by-hospital rates of eight types of avoidable harm such as forgotten surgical objects left in patients, infections and pressure ulcers—the feds release money to stop these mistakes from being made. [Read More]

More Study Needed to Prove Telehealth's Worth
Necessity is the mother of invention, right? It turns out that the shortage of intensivists, specialists, and other doctors willing to take call in the ED is one reason for adoption of telehealth systems. Our senior editor for technology Gienna Shaw explains telehealth's developing role in her column this week. [Read More]

AMA Identifies 'Most Burdensome' Federal Regs
We know doctors like to complain, but now the American Medical Association has organized their objections against federal regulations they say will hinder quality of patient care and drive up costs. [Read More]

Dartmouth Atlas: Costs Rise for Medicare Patients at End of Life
Yet another report from the Dartmouth Atlas Project points to futile, aggressive, and in all likelihood, unwanted hospital care at the end of life. One in four Medicare dollars pays for care in the last 12 months of life. [Read More]

*NEW* Rounds: Patient-Centered Accountable Care
Patient-centered healthcare IS accountable care—accountable for quality, for value, and for patient satisfaction. Join us on April 27 live from Griffin Hospital and Planetree, recognized pioneers in patient-centered care, with more actionable strategies from invited thought leaders at Sharp Memorial and the Maine Patient-Centered Medical Home Pilot. [Read More]

*NEW* Rounds: Neurological Service Line Growth: Telestroke & Brain Tumor Innovations
Neurological service line success is all about managing the collision of technology, research, and care coordination. Get strategies for managing the collision on May 18, live from Barrow Neurological Institute with invited thought leaders from St. John Providence Health System and St. Luke Hospital.[Read More]

This Week's Headlines
Study finds drop in deadly VA hospital infections
The New York Times, April 14, 2011

Physicians may heal themselves differently
The Wall Street Journal, April 12, 2011

Governors cut taxes and medical aid to the poor
Los Angeles Times, April 12, 2011

Senators push to open Medicare database
The Wall Street Journal, April 8, 2011
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