The Department of Health & Human Services will award $218 million to 26 hospitals and hospital associations to form Hospital Engagement Networks, learning collaboratives that work to improve patient safety in 10 focus areas. >>>
Worker fatigue can place patients and healthcare staff at a higher risk of adverse events, says the Joint Commission. In an alert, it lists 10 warning signs and suggests nine strategies for prevention. >>>
Poor quality scores will result in Medicare reimbursement penalties for hundreds of kidney dialysis centers starting January 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services says. >>>
This year was one of the busiest in a decade for hospital mergers and acquisitions. The top 10 deals in 2011 were valued at $5.6 billion, up from $3.8 billion in 2010. In the healthcare sector as a whole, M&A was valued at about $236 billion in 2011. >>>
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