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ACA Turns Two; Has it Improved Quality of Care?

Cheryl Clark

The Affordable Care Act is saving billions of dollars in drug costs and the elimination of red tape, but measuring the law's impact on readmissions, saving lives, and preventing harm is a tricky business. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Federal Infection Disclosure Mandates Urged

Surgical site infection rates within the nation's hospitals are largely a secret, with public reporting required by only eight states, says a new Johns Hopkins University report. It urges greater transparency. >>>

Cuts to Community Health Centers Hit Rural Americans Hardest

The federal government's decision to withhold about $600 million in funding for primary care community health centers will have a disproportionately hard effect on rural Americans. It seems remarkably short-sighted. >>>

Are EMRs Killing the Clinical Narrative?

Do electronic medical records miss vital information captured by paper-based systems? The traditional clinical narrative contains nuances that don't translate well to the typical modern EMR. New technologies offer a better way. >>>

Self-Scheduling a Win for Nurses, Hospitals

A Georgia hospital finds a cost-effective staffing solution in a self-scheduling system for nurses. Its key selling points are autonomy for nurses and an end to incentive pay and agency hires for the hospital. >>>



Impact Analysis Report

Value-Based Purchasing: Facing the HCAHPS Hurdle

New research finds that 25% of organizations have not yet begun preparing for VBP. Get additional data in this final report in a series of four from the inaugural HealthLeaders Media CFO Exchange, with analysis and insight from leaders at Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare, Hackensack University Medical Center, Piedmont Healthcare, Griffin Hospital, and Sharp Healthcare. >>>



News Headlines

States Moving 'Assertively' with ACA Provisions

HealthLeaders Media, March 22, 2012

Nursing shortage in U.S. temporarily over

The Detroit News / Bloomberg, March 22, 2012

Cutting costs with better care for advanced illness

The Wall Street Journal, March 20, 2012

ID prison's healthcare called 'inhumane'

The Spokesman-Review, March 20, 2012

Anesthesiologists drive up cost of GI procedures

The Baltimore Sun, March 21, 2012

IL outpatient facility, nurses fined over improper X-ray machine use

Chicago Tribune, March 21, 2012

Jackson Health laying off workers, will that help fix problems?

Miami Herald, March 21, 2012

Doctors' life-support skills deteriorating

Orlando Sentinel / Reuters, March 19, 2012

Once a model, MA medical board lags badly

The Boston Globe, March 19, 2012

When ICU beds are scarce, doctors' goals change

Chicago Tribune, March 16, 2012



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From HealthLeaders Magazine

Red-Tape Mandates Spark Innovation

Mounting compliance requirements and declining revenues are fast becoming catalysts for improvement at healthcare organizations. >>>

 

Strategic Physician Recruiting

 

Cleaning Up C. Diff, Together


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