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$9.25M in Fines for Medical Errors Goes Largely Unspent in CA

Cheryl Clark

While California health officials roll out the latest batch of hospital horrors revealing how many patients died or suffered as a result of patient care errors, millions of dollars in fines that should have been directed toward quality improvement have not been spent.>>>

 

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CA Fines 14 Hospitals for Medical Errors

In the latest round of civil penalties issued for violations or deficiencies constituting an immediate jeopardy to the health and safety of a hospital patient, California hospitals are penalized for making errors that led to five deaths. >>>

Stop Ignoring Low Quality Ratings

What should hospital leaders do when quality or patient safety scores don't look good? One healthcare facility spread the message that it takes scoring seriously, and launched a number of programs to improve its ratings. >>>

Physicians, Academics Clash Over Stents

After decades of acceptance, cardiac stenting is at the center of heated discussions, as federal investigators probe HCA, where physicians performed some 1,200 allegedly unnecessary procedures. >>>

Informed Decision Tools Largely Reduce Ortho Joint Surgeries

Doctors whose patients used decision tools prior to certain knee and hip surgeries saw a large downward shift in rates of surgery and costs of care, says the principal investigator of a study of the tools' impact. >>>

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. >>>

How a Big-Time Hospital Creates a Small-Town Patient Experience

Bigger isn't always better when it comes to healthcare organization size and the patient experience. When a local or independent hospital becomes part of a larger health system, patient experience can suffer. NYU Langone Medical Center's chief experience officer has advice on how to bridge the gap. >>>

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News Headlines

Docs, nurses may overestimate quality of their care

Chicago Tribune / Reuters, September 6, 2012

Opinion: Orszag on healthcare goal

Bloomberg, September 6, 2012

Infection control, staffing shortfalls found at Manatee Memorial

Herald-Tribune, September 6, 2012

Medicare reimbursement incentive less than effective

Reuters, September 5, 2012

Not all doctors want hand-washing reminders

Reuters, September 5, 2012

Hospitals weigh pros, cons of altering visiting hours

The Observer-Dispatch, September 4, 2012

CEOs say health merger means lower cost, better care

Minnesota Public Radio, September 4, 2012

Some late-day surgeries as safe as earlier ones

Chicago Tribune / Reuters, September 4, 2012

Stents may have been unnecessarily placed in patients at St. John Medical Center

Cleveland Plain Dealer, August 31, 2012

Surgeon, officials review OH transplant error

The Boston Globe / Associated Press, August 31, 2012

 

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