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Nurse-Led Clinics Battle Readmissions

Alexandra Wilson Pecci

Free clinics and programs staffed largely by nurses play a simple, but powerful role in reducing hospitalizations and readmissions, saving money, and keeping patients healthy. The benefit isn't only for patients. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Diagnostic Errors Found in 1 of 4 ICU Patient Deaths

Medical conditions most commonly missed by critical care teams include aspergillosis, pulmonary embolism, heart attack, and pneumonia, say researchers at Johns Hopkins University who examined studies of autopsy reports. >>>

Transparency Rules at Mountain States Health Alliance

Years of hard work toward improving quality and enhancing patient-centered care for patients by "being open and honest" has earned the 13-hospital not-for-profit health system a prestigious national quality award. Transparency starts at the bedside, says one executive. >>>

EMR Safety Warnings at CA Health System Echo Joint Commission's

Concerns about patient safety in the wake of an electronic medical records system implementation hearken to a 2008 report from the Joint Commission, warning that failure to quickly fix technology "engender[s] dangerous workarounds." >>>

500 PCPs Named to CMS Payer Partnership

Selected primary care practices will receive financial incentives to support coordinated healthcare services on behalf of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services says. >>>

Patient Experience Journey Lacks Defined Direction

While survey data shows that 84% of healthcare leaders place patient experience among their top three priorities, having a high position on the list does not necessarily qualify patient experience as a budget-worthy activity. >>>

'Hospital of the Future's' Top 20 Features

Suburban San Diego's $1 billion Palomar Medical Center, which opened this week, boasts several features no other hospital in the country has, says CEO Michael Covert. But they're not just for show; they're meant to improve quality of care. >>>

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Reboot for ICD-10—Lessons from UnitedHealth Group & North Shore-LIJ

Date: Oct. 22, 2012, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

 

With the implementation deadline confirmed, the transition to ICD-10 shifts into high gear. Now providers and payers must prepare quickly. Learn from coding experts at UnitedHealth Group and North Shore-LIJ how to assess your organization's existing structure, how to create a transition process, and how to move toward compliance while meeting risk and cost constraints.

 

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News Headlines

The Republican plan to overhaul healthcare

The Washington Post, August 28, 2012

MI hospitals' collaboration makes for safer angioplasty

Detroit Free Press, August 27, 2012

Undercount of CA hospital infection cases highlights flaws in reports

Contra Costa Times, August 27, 2012

WI hospitals treating low-income patients aim to cut readmissions

Journal Sentinel, August 27, 2012

Kidney for OH patient's transplant put in trash

USA Today / Associated Press, August 27, 2012

Patients' race linked to prostate surgery quality

Reuters, August 24, 2012

UT Medicaid stops paying for hospital errors

The Salt Lake Tribune, August 24, 2012

More than a third of primary care delivered by specialty doctors

The Washington Post, August 23, 2012

Northwestern hospital confirms 230 layoffs

Chicago Tribune, August 23, 2012

US health panel likely to make HIV tests routine

Reuters, August 22, 2012



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