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Medical Harm Complaint System Could be Quality Data Goldmine

Cheryl Clark

A pilot project proposed by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality may unleash a torrent of patient gripes, but may yield valuable data from which providers can learn about medical errors and patient safety. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

1 in 3 Healthcare Workers Skip Flu Shots

Despite efforts by the Centers for Disease Control and individual health systems and hospitals that employ them, a third of all healthcare workers avoid getting vaccinated against seasonal influenza. >>>

Labor Efficiency Emerges as Cost Containment Measure

In most hospitals, labor is the largest single expense, but not an attractive target for cost cutting. But using labor more efficiently, by benchmarking, identification of variances, and process engineering, can make a dent. >>>

Health Courts Would Curb 'Staggering Waste,' Attorney Says

A Washington attorney argues for the creation of administrative health courts as "the only way you get rid of defensive medicine." Written rulings by judges would curb the cost of malpractice litigation, he says. >>>

Mandatory Use of CPOE Prevents Blood Clots

Researchers find that the compulsory use of a computerized physician order entry system resulted in a 36% relative risk reduction in venous thromboembolism events and an 83% relative risk reduction in preventable harm in trauma patients. >>>

Pharmacy Aligns With Hospitals to Reduce Readmissions

Health systems under pressure to lower readmission rates are getting help from Walgreens, which is using its pharmacists to coordinate patient care during admission and discharge. >>>

CMS Names Medicare Advantage Plan Stars

This year the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services awards its top honor of five stars to only 15 of 563 high performing health plans that meet a checklist of quality and accountability standards. >>>



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News Headlines

Get patient data out of silos

InformationWeek, October 18, 2012

CA probes CVS refill allegations

Los Angeles Times, October 18, 2012

How compounding pharmacies rallied patients to fight regulation

Reuters, October 17, 2012

Health shift will affect 860,000 CA children

CBS / Associated Press, October 17, 2012

Opinion: A possibly fatal mistake

The New York Times, October 17, 2012

Deadly meningitis outbreak tied to more drugs, FDA says

Bloomberg, October 16, 2012

A campaign to ban formula samples in hospitals

The New York Times, October 16, 2012

Hepatitis C patient upset with hospital over legal tactics

Seacoastonline.com, October 15, 2012

Memorial works on efficiency to improve care, avoid health-reform penalties

The State Journal Register, October 15, 2012

Supercomputer speeds up cancer analysis

InformationWeek, October 15, 2012



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