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For a Quality Metrics Reality Check, Just Ask a Nurse

Alexandra Wilson Pecci

The way nurses answer one key question strongly correlates to actual patient outcomes and patient-reported data, making them a reliable barometer of hospital quality measures, a study shows. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Hospitals Overspending on Blood Transfusions

By employing best practices in transfusion medicine, hospitals could save "about $1.06 million per hospital per year" without changing patient outcomes, an economic report says. >>>

Small Hospital Cuts Patient Falls By 95%

A busy critical access hospital proves that a combination of methods, including analyzing fall data and placing a renewed emphasis on staff accountability, can achieve a drastic drop in patient falls. >>>

Prescription Drug Abuse Rates Hound Providers

To curb prescription drug abuse, pain management advocates are trumpeting training programs for physicians and other healthcare providers over an FDA proposal to change labeling requirements on opioids. >>>

How CBOs May Help Shrink Readmissions

Under a program outlined in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, community-based organizations stand to receive federal funds to do in outpatient settings certain tasks that hospitals don't and can't—to help patients self-manage their care for 30 days post-discharge. >>>

4 Ways to Engage with Patients, Nutritionally

Farmers markets are a great way to promote healthful nutrition and have a positive effect on population health. But there's a lot more to it than simply offering fresh fruits and veggies and pasting your logo on a few signs. >>>

Healthcare Job Growth Boosts Employment Stats

September's federal jobs report is spurred by hiring within the healthcare sector. But one economist cautions that the government's work to control healthcare spending could ultimately reverse the positive jobs trend. >>>



 

LIVE Webcast

Reboot for ICD-10—Lessons from UnitedHealth Group

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 UnitedHealth Group and other coding experts how to assess your organization's existing structure, create a transition process, and move toward compliance while meeting risk and cost constraints.

 

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News Headlines

As US clamps down on data access, work on hospital safety may slow

The New York Times, October 9, 2012

Community health clinics to feel impact of hospital cutbacks

WVUE - New Orleans, October 9, 2012

McAllen doc alleges Houston hospital filed erroneous report

The Southeast Texas Record, October 9, 2012

Jackson doctors complain about ER

The Miami Herald, October 9, 2012

Redefining medicine with apps and iPads

The New York Times, October 9, 2012

Scant oversight of drug maker in fatal meningitis outbreak

The New York Times, October 8, 2012

Insurers balk at covering GYN treatment by OhioHealth

The Columbus Dispatch, October 8, 2012

Hospitals need networks to prevent readmissions

Kaiser Health News, October 5, 2012

Surgeons report progress against dangerous hospital infection

ABC News, October 5, 2012

Letting patients read the doctor's notes

The New York Times, October 5, 2012



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Rounds: Kaiser Permanente's Model for Total Health

Date: Oct. 16, 2012, 1:00-4:00 p.m. ET

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