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7 Ways the PPACA Hurts Safety Net Hospitals

Cheryl Clark

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which was written in part to strengthen this country’s healthcare safety net, may end up punishing the very providers who take care of the poor. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Low HCAHPS Scores at Safety Net Hospitals Examined

On nearly every measure of the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Plans Survey patient experience questionnaire, safety net hospitals scored 5.6 percentage points lower than their non-safety net counterparts, a review of survey responses shows. Researchers offer two explanations for the disparity. >>>

U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals List Shifts Methodology

This year, the magazine's algorithm for determining hospital scores gives less weight to a facility's reputation and more weight to hospital data that is publicly available, such as information collected by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. >>>

CDC Links Injection Practices to Hospitalizations

Despite aggressive federal campaigns to educate providers about proper needle and syringe use practices, a Centers for Disease Control report documents 10 patients who were  hospitalized for bacterial infections after being injected with fluids from single-dose vials. >>>

Nearly All Nursing Homes Fail Federal Rules on Anti-Psychotics

The improper use of anti-psychotic drugs in nursing homes is much worse than previously reported, according to the Office of Inspector General, which says that 99.5% of sampled records fail to meet all federal requirements. >>>

ACOs' Real Test Will Come with Two-Sided Risk

The announcement this week of 89 Accountable Care Organizations is like a college acceptance letter: Great work so far, you got in, now the real work begins. The project's viability will be proved only when ACOs have to sign up for their second contracts, which will require two-sided risk. >>>

ED Woes Bad Today, Worse Tomorrow

Patient visits to the emergency department increased 60% faster than population growth in one seven-year period, researchers find. The study is instructive because it delves into the past to identify the causes of today’s overcrowding—and finds a couple of surprises. >>>

Intelligence Report

Clinical Quality—Data is the Key to Survival

Healthcare organizations today overwhelmingly track clinical quality outcomes and patient safety metrics. However, while 76% are implementing EHRs, only 44% say the systems benefit patient safety, according to this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report. Get the free report or Premium version with exclusive research and analysis. >>>



News Headlines

TN healthcare partnership to reduce hospital readmissions

The Daily News Journal, July 19, 2012

After boy's death, hospital alters discharge procedures

The New York Times, July 19, 2012

Opinion: Don't get sick in July

The New York Times, July 19, 2012

Hospitals for poor may struggle further under healthcare reform

U.S.News & World Report, July 18, 2012

Look closer at claim global payments are improving care

WBUR, July 18, 2012

IL hospital stabbing draws immediate jeopardy threat from feds

Chicago Tribune, July 18, 2012

Interactive PHRs make patients more proactive

InformationWeek, July 17, 2012

Better prep could improve quality of death and life for terminal patients

Scientific American, July 16, 2012



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Date: August 9, 2012, 12:00–3:00 p.m. ET
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From HealthLeaders Magazine

 

Refocus: Building the Best Physician Team

As hospitals move from a fee-for-service to value-based world, leaders are exploring how to create a physician team of generalists, specialists, and subspecialists to best meet the new needs of care.  >>>

 

Financial Benefits of Telehealth

 

The New ICD-10 Deadline



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