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8 Reasons Why Hospitals Should Reduce Bed Volume
Cheryl Clark, Senior Editor
There are nearly one million hospital beds in the United States. What are we going to do with all the empty ones if the healthcare industry successfully achieves the goals of reform: better care, better health, and lower costs? [Read More]
October 6, 2011
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ONC Takes on Patient Engagement in HIT
The federal Office of the National Coordinator launched a program to determine "whether and when" providers can share patients' data. ONC's Office of the Chief Privacy Officer has engaged a health information technology contractor to identify best practices to overcome some of the challenges of exchanging health data, including privacy, security, and accuracy of records.[Read More]

Same-Day Discharge for Elective PCI Patients Cuts Hospital Costs
By discharging low-risk elective percutaneous coronary intervention patients after a few hours, hospitals could free up bed space and labor resources for other, sicker patients, says a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association. [Read More]

Why Nonprofits Must Prepare Now for Closer IRS Scrutiny
We spend a lot of time and effort trying to educate ourselves, and you, about the realities of healthcare reform. In many cases, the bottom line seems to be that your bottom line is poised to get ever tighter in the coming few years. [Read More]

Hospitals Push to Raise Patient Experience Scores
Quality leaders are contributing to cultural changes in an effort to boost Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and System (HCAHPS) scores. There's a lot of money at stake. [Read More]

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Rounds: The Business and Clinical Path to Medical Home
Date: November 11, 2011
About: Attend on-site or participate via live simulcast. Live from host St. Joseph Health System—reaching the vision of patient—centered medical home requires strong links between hospital and physician to achieve best patient outcomes. Join us for the dialogue in a special, complimentary Rounds, sponsored by RelayHealth. [Register Today]

This Week's Headlines

Surgery rate late in life surprises researchers
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Opinion: Healthy paychecks for Sutter Health bosses, nurses
San Francisco Chronicle, October 5, 2011



When the nurse wants to be called 'doctor'
The New York Times, October 3, 2011

Pressing for better quality across healthcare
Los Angeles Times, October 6, 2011

Top 5 unnecessary healthcare costs
The Wall Street Journal, October 5, 2011

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Oct 26: Rounds: Performance Improvement for Quality and Bottom-Line Outcomes

Nov 11: Rounds: The Business and Clinical Path to Medical Home

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