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Hospital Care '3,000 Times Less Safe Than Air Travel,' Says TJC Chief

Cheryl Clark

Mark Chassin, president of The Joint Commission, urges hospital quality chiefs to work harder to move their systems toward recognizing and reporting process problems before they cause harm. >>>

 

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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. >>>

Big Data Sparks a Quest for Simplicity

The end of the year is a great time to pause and ask ourselves whether we are trying to gather too much data too fast. Maybe what we really need is small data—the data that matters most. >>>

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. >>>

M&A Strategies for Small Hospitals

The creativity surrounding deals among hospitals and health systems is expanding rapidly. The contention that a smaller entity is necessarily at a disadvantage in negotiations with a bigger system is outdated. >>>

NJ Hospital Closures May be Offset by Incentives

A bill wending its way through the New Jersey legislature would allow generous tax credits for developers who buy former hospitals that have lost their state certificate of need and repurpose the buildings as medical arts malls. >>>

Cost Control Lies in Optimizing Use of Services

Focusing on reducing utilization of lab tests and other expensive healthcare services may hurt you now, but it prepares your organization for a financial future based on outcomes. >>>



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News Headlines

FDA, states discuss regulation of drug compounders

The New York Times, December 20, 2012

Former NM hospital CFO pleads guilty to fraud

The New Mexican, December 20, 2012

Encryption shortfalls plague healthcare industry

InformationWeek, December 19, 2012

Study: Shorter hospital stays don't mean worse care

The Baltimore Sun / Reuters, December 19, 2012

Ex-NH hospital worker's lawyer: Fall trial likely

Seattle Post Intelligencer / Associated Press, December 19, 2012

Empty beds may signal too many hospitals

Portland Press Herald, December 18, 2012

Opinion: 'Not one successful EHR system in whole world'

InformationWeek, December 18, 2012

CA Healthcare crisis: not enough specialists for the poor

Los Angeles Times, December 17, 2012

Mayor: Chicago can't afford to keep free water flowing to hospitals

Chicago Sun-Times, December 14, 2012

Hospital alarms fail to prevent injury, study finds

The New York Times, December 14, 2012



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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.Their stories are sometimes tinged with struggles or challenges, but always, ultimately, with success. >>>

 

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