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A Hospital Chief's Auld Lang Syne for 2013

Cheryl Clark

The holiday spirit came with the muse, albeit a light-hearted version, for my last column of 2012. I hope you can hear Auld Lang Syne as you read and chuckle. Here's hoping for even higher quality healthcare in 2013. >>>

 

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Slideshow: 2012 HealthLeaders 20

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—people who are making a difference in healthcare. Their stories are sometimes tinged with struggles or challenges, but always, ultimately, with success. >>>

80,000 Surgical 'Never Events' Charted Over 20 Years

A new Johns Hopkins study counts 80,000 "never event" surgical episodes, such as wrong sites and wrong procedures, resulting in $1.3 billion in hospital payouts in 1990-2010. The study leader believes the true number is higher. >>>

Immediate Jeopardy Fines for 12 California Hospitals

A dozen incidents at 10 California hospitals in 2010-2011 warranted $785,000 in "immediate jeopardy" penalties on Thursday. Four patients died from these errors and several others were seriously hurt. >>>

Anesthesiology Focus for Operating Room Efficiency

Anesthesiology may be a sleeper in healthcare, in a manner of speaking. While not traditionally regarded among the top service lines, anesthesiology programs are a direct link to a hospital's biggest moneymaker: surgery in the operating rooms. Hospitals are homing in on anesthesia programs to buttress their ORs and improve coordination with patients to reduce delays. >>>

CFO Outlook for 2013 Grim

Financial leaders expect that healthcare organizations will continue to slog uphill through national economic strife, unsteady reimbursements, and declining patient volume in the coming year. >>>

No Increase in LOS After Ambulance Diversion Ban

Fears that a Massachusetts ban on ambulance diversion would lead to longer emergency department wait times and delayed ambulance turnarounds have not materialized, a study finds. >>>



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News Headlines

Docs warned on 'divided loyalty'

The New York Times, December 27, 2012

Hospital stops billing Medicare for rare ailment

The San Diego Union-Tribune / California Watch, December 27, 2012

Report: UTMC billed without doc identification

The Toledo Blade, December 27, 2012

NYU, other med schools offer shorter training, for less tuition

The New York Times, December 27, 2012

ID theft found at LSU hospitals

TheAdvertiser.com, December 27, 2012

Healthcare sector vulnerable to hackers

The Washington Post, December 26, 2012

Opinion: Healthcare system can do better with less

The Columbus Dispatch, December 26, 2012

Website helps consumers find GA health facilities

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, December 26, 2012

Patients rate docs at U of U Healthcare

The Salt Lake Tribune, December 26, 2012

Where have all the primary care docs gone?

The New York Times, December 21, 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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