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  September 21, 2012 Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterJoin us on LinkedInRSS feed

Mandatory Flu Shots Mean You're Serious About Patient Safety

Philip Betbeze

Healthcare leadership is supposed to be about putting patients first. It's shocking that any organization that purports to be in the business of helping patients would not mandate flu vaccines for their employees. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Joint Commission 'Top Performers' List Adds 200 Hospitals

Largely absent from the Joint Commission's roster of 620 acute care hospitals named "Top Performers on Key Quality Measures" are academic medical centers, which routinely show up on other "best hospital" lists. >>>

Atul Gawande's 80% Healthcare Solution

An article by Atul Gawande, MD, suggests that healthcare should ape a popular restaurant chain's methods of attaining efficiency and quality of service. But the model is missing a crucial element—human flexibility. >>>

Pronovost Calls for an 'SEC' for Healthcare Quality

One of the nation's top quality leaders, Peter Pronovost, MD, characterizes the proliferation of quality and patient safety rankings as "confusing," in part, because they "measure different aspects of care. And none of them are really audited, like financial reports." >>>

MLR Bill Passes House Committee

The bill, which would exclude broker and agent fees and commissions from administrative expense calculations and give states the final say on medical loss ratio waiver requests, may go before the full House next year. >>>

How to Make a Medical Home Deliver

Medical home certification is a designation to be sought for prestige and reimbursement incentives from payers. But does something get lost in translation? Some leaders think so and are working to ensure that what patients experience and internalize about their medical home matches what the organization thinks it's delivering. >>>

5 Big Ideas from WellPoint's PCMH Pilot

As the health insurer launches its nationwide patient-centered medical home program across its commercial, Medicare, and Medicaid lines of business, a WellPoint executive shares what the company has learned so far. >>>

$11B in Looming Medicare Cuts Detailed

A report issued by the Office of Management and Budget shows that while the overall cut to Medicare is relatively small at just 2%, the actual dollar figure will put hospitals in a tough spot. >>>

 

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News Headlines

HCA Investigations No Harm to its Finances

HealthLeaders Media, September 21, 2012

Hospitals grab at least $1B in extra fees for ER visits

Center for Public Integrity, September 21, 2012

Trying to go it alone in rural healthcare

Minnesota Public Radio, September 21, 2012

DOJ: HCA settles feds' complaint for $16.5M

Bloomberg BusinessWeek / Associated Press, September 20, 2012

OK AG revises healthcare suit, aims to block ACA taxes, subsidies

Tulsa World, September 20, 2012

USF forms health system, announces partnership

The Ledger, September 20, 2012

Analyst sees overhaul-driven hospital margin help

Bloomberg BusinessWeek, September 18, 2012

HIPAA: Another big fine after a small breach

Gov Info Security, September 18, 2012

Healthcare Flux Alters Compensation Mix

HealthLeaders Media, September 17, 2012

Readmission Penalties Set to Take Effect

HealthLeaders Media, September 17, 2012

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Date: Oct. 16, 2012, 12:00–3:00 p.m. (ET)

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