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Adverse Events and Other Rants: 10 Favorite Reads

Cheryl Clark

Chalk it up to vacations, Supreme Court decision withdrawal, or election anticipation. Take your pick of excuses. There wasn't much in the news this week to inspire my usual quality rant, so here are 10 of my favorite columns so far this year. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Slideshow: 3 Hospital Rankings Compared

See how top hospitals measure up across three ratings systems. We compare hospital safety scores from the Leapfrog Group and Consumer Reports alongside the overall rankings of U.S. News & World Report's 17 top-rated hospitals. >>>

CMS Releases 2013 IPPS Final Rule

With the release of the fiscal year 2013 Inpatient Prospective Payment System final rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has added two conditions to the list of hospital-acquired conditions and finalized operational details for the hospital value-based purchasing program. >>>

Imaging Rates Scrutinized; Conclusions Mixed

One study finds that the use of imaging tests for certain late-stage cancer patients is climbing steadily despite limited proof of benefit. Another finds rates have slowed among Medicare recipients. And a third finds that overall advanced imaging by providers in integrated healthcare systems has increased significantly. >>>

Hospitals Opting for Palliative Care

Palliative care programs, which require a low start-up investment and offer promising ROI, have increased 125% over the past decade. But this facet of patient-centered care is among the least understood service lines, not only among patients, but also among hospital staff. >>>

Don't Underestimate Damage Caused by Burned Out Nurses

A study linking nurse burnout and patient infections deserves the swift attention of nurse leaders, not only so they can address employee satisfaction issues, but also to improve patient care and hold down hospital costs. >>>

Use Telehealth to Zap the Cost of Sick Days

Next time you hear an obviously ill employee sneeze, grab the tissues—then use them to dry your own tears, because your bottom line is about to take a hit. Now reach for telemedicine. It holds the potential to bring relief to your hospital or healthcare organization. >>>



LIVE Webcast

Marketing & Metrics—The Cleveland Clinic and Fairview Health Way

Date: Sept. 14, 2012, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

 

Can you prove the value of your marketing efforts to your organization's bottom line? Learn how marketing leaders from Cleveland Clinic and Fairview Health Services capture, track, and measure the impact of their marketing programs to demonstrate ROI and better support organizational business objectives. Get proven strategies from industry leaders in a new interview-driven format, expanded Q&A, online forum, takeaway presentation, and 60-day post-event on-demand access. >>>



News Headlines

Whistleblower lawsuit alleges Florida Hospital filed millions in false claims

Orlando Sentinel, August 9, 2012

8 ACOs worth a closer look

InformationWeek, August 9, 2012

One more Exeter Hospital patient diagnosed with hepatitis C

Foster's Daily Democrat, August 9, 2012

Access to MA doctors improving slightly, survey says

The Boston Globe / Associated Press, August 9, 2012

NY hospital's visitor policy improves quality of care

Times Union, August 9, 2012

Parkland Makes Progress on CAP, but Safety Concerns Remain

HealthLeaders Media, August 8, 2012

Hospital chain inquiry cited unnecessary cardiac work

The New York Times, August 7, 2012

Big Med: Can hospital chains improve the medical industry?

The New Yorker, August 7, 2012

Minorities hit hardest by CA hospital overcrowding, study finds

California Watch, August 7, 2012


Give CMOs the Tools for Success

HealthLeaders Media, August 3, 2012


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Multimedia/Events

Rounds: Sustainable Patient-Centered Excellence—Lessons From Sharp HealthCare

Date: Sept. 5, 2012, 9:00–12:00 p.m. PT

Sharp HealthCare leaders reveal the secrets that have enabled them to turn their patient-centered care initiative into a sustainable program that's ingrained in the culture, improves outcomes, and grows stronger over time. By combining their Sharp Experience performance improvement initiative with the Planetree Patient-Centered Care Model, they have built an organization of sustainable patient-centered excellence like no other. >>>



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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