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The Case of the Nurse and the 'Stolen' Scrubs

Alexandra Wilson Pecci

Having taken home a pair of scrubs might cost a nursing student her career. The matter brings up larger questions about honesty and ethics in nursing. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Healthcare Workers Don't Always Practice What They Preach

A study finds such little variation in health practices between healthcare workers and non-healthcare workers, that one of its authors concludes, "healthcare workers are no better than anybody else," in most cases. >>>

Advanced Practitioners Key to Expanding Primary Care

With estimates of physician shortages climbing, primary care is where the healthcare jobs are. "It's really a seller's market for physician assistants right now," says the medical director of an urgent care center. >>>

How to Train Physicians on Patient Experience

All doctors—young or old, personable or grumpy—can be taught to more effectively communicate with patients and improve their hospital experience. And they must be, now that low patient experience scores can be tied to financial penalties. >>>

Medical Practice Costs Creep Higher

An MGMA-ACMPE report finds a "64% increase in total operating costs for multi-specialty practices" since 2001. In comparison, 2011 shows a modest 1.27% increase from 2010 for physician-owned practices. >>>

IHI: Time to Get Serious About Healthcare Quality, Costs

Keynote speakers at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's national conference urged healthcare leaders to crack the code on raising healthcare quality and reducing costs. Don Berwick, MD, did not mince words about where he thinks many of the improvements should come from. >>>

Medicare, Hospitals at Odds Over Payment for Sicker Patients

While hospitals are managing Medicare patients with rising rates of chronic disease, the federal government "doesn't want to pay more for the rising severity that has been uncovered by their new, more accurate payment system," says an analyst with the American Hospital Association. >>>



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News Headlines

Obamacare: 'It's a massive, nine-month sprint'

The Washington Post, December 18, 2012

AR hospital layoffs blamed on healthcare reform

The Arkansas City Traveler, December 18, 2012

ABQ Health Partners no longer treating patients in Lovelace hospitals

New Mexico Business Weekly, December 18, 2012

As docs flock to hospitals, bills spike for patients

The Charlotte Observer, December 17, 2012

CA Healthcare crisis: not enough specialists for the poor

Los Angeles Times, December 17, 2012

SF Bay Area nurses to strike day before Christmas

Silicon Valley Mercury News / Associated Press, December 17, 2012

Opinion: When the doc is not needed

The New York Times, December 17, 2012

A shift in how healthcare is paid for

Los Angeles Times, December 14, 2012

Hospital alarms fail to prevent injury, study finds

The New York Times, December 14, 2012

Kaiser staffers protest layoffs of 530 workers

The Press-Enterprise, December 12, 2012



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From HealthLeaders Magazine

 

20 People Who Make Healthcare Better—2012

They are nurses and physicians. They are researchers and executives. They are providers and payers. They are watchdogs and innovators. And they are patients. They are this year's HealthLeaders 20 honorees, selected for their efforts to make healthcare better. >>>

 

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