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HCA Probe Spotlights Cardiologists' 'Irresistible Temptation'

Cheryl Clark

Accusations that thousands of patients underwent inappropriate heart procedures at HCA hospitals may be better explained by a phenomenon in which interventionalists see a vessel narrowing and are overcome with an urge to fix it, even if the patient won't benefit from the procedure. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Doctors' Challenge: Boost Patient Satisfaction, Maintain Clinical Excellence

Hospitals are working with physicians to improve patient satisfaction scores while maintaining high clinical outcomes. It's a delicate balance that can translate to a bonanza of federal dollars under the value-based purchasing program. >>>

How One Hospital Works to Win Over Patients

While Stony Brook University Medical Center in NY has won awards for clinical work, it is among many high-achieving clinical facilities trying to improve patient satisfaction and raise its HCAHPS scores. >>>

MN Physician Groups Rated by Consumer Reports

The consumer publication measured and ranked how well each of 552 doctors' practices in Minnesota manage their patients with diabetes and heart disease. The data evaluated is required to be reported by physicians under state law. >>>

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. >>>

HCA Probe Reignites Questions Over Interventional Appropriateness

It may be too early to tell whether a federal investigation into allegedly unnecessary cardiac procedures will prompt cardiology practitioners and hospitals around the country to change their management approaches. >>>

Nurse-Led Clinics Battle Readmissions

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. >>>

Get Ready for Shift from Patient to Healthcare Consumer

The rise of the high-deductible health insurance plan and other economic forces are increasingly turning patients into healthcare consumers. Common sense says this move will reduce utilization as healthcare consumers rethink elective care or shop around for the best deal. >>>



Book

New Book: The Healthcare Executive's Guide to Urgent Care Centers and Freestanding EDs

Authors: Michael F. Boyle, MD, FACEP and Daniel G. Kirkpatrick, MHA, FACHE About: A growing demand for convenient urgent care and after-hours medical services has led to a rapid increase of walk-in clinics around the country. The Healthcare Executive's Guide to Urgent Care Centers and Freestanding EDs offers a step-by-step executive-level guide to planning, staffing, marketing, and managing profitable urgent care centers. >>>



News Headlines

At halfway mark in Parkland Hospital's overhaul, crises remain

The Dallas Morning News, August 30, 2012

EHR adoption grows as docs bid for incentives

InformationWeek, August 30, 2012

Health system patients see increased services, less friendly atmosphere

Minnesota Public Radio, August 30, 2012

Doctors urged to be more mindful of costs of procedures they order

Chicago Tribune, August 30, 2012

3 KS hospital patients linked with hep C outbreak

Foster's Daily Democrat, August 29, 2012

Patients negotiate for care with cash

San Francisco Chronicle, August 29, 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

Opinion: NIH should have told public of superbug

The Washington Post, August 27, 2012

Patients' race linked to prostate surgery quality

Reuters, August 24, 2012



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