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Kennedy Sues Nurses, Hospital After Scuffle

Alexandra Wilson Pecci

Acquitted of two counts of physical harassment against nurses after a maternity ward fracas last year, Douglas Kennedy, son of Robert Kennedy, has filed court papers citing defamation and malicious prosecution. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Medical Error 'Second Victims' Get Some Help, Finally

Patients are the obvious first victims of medical mistakes, but doctors, nurses, and other clinicians are often the second victims, who must grapple with the emotional distress of errors and bad outcomes. >>>

HIPAA Final Rule Raises Fines for Non-Compliance

The so-called "mega" privacy rule is not enforceable until September, but hospital and health system executives should begin reviewing current policies now to identify changes necessary for compliance, observers say. >>>

Is Concierge Medicine Finally Ready for Takeoff?

A fear of major reimbursement cuts and other factors are building toward a "crescendo" of physician interest in direct pay medicine, suggests a report conducted for The Physicians Foundation. >>>

Healthgrades Releases Clinical Excellence Hospital Rankings

Of about 1,500 eligible facilities, only 262 received top scores. Noticeably absent are some of the most prominent, such as the Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins Medical Center, and Massachusetts General Hospital. >>>

Providers Push for Slower Stage 3 MU Roll Out

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives summed up the feelings of many physicians and hospital leaders when it asked the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to "reconsider the speed and scale for achieving Stage 3 meaningful use objectives by 2016." >>>

A Road Runs Through These Order Sets

A wiki-based project for sharing and standardizing order sets may open the door to sharing protocols, documentation, policies, and procedures among healthcare providers. >>>



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Cost Containment Lessons from Heartland Health

Date: March 19, 2013, 12:00-3:00 p.m. ET

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News Headlines

President defends Medicare, Medicaid in inaugural address

The Hill, January 22, 2013

CO docs cracking down on painkiller abuse

The Houston Chronicle / Associated Press, January 22, 2013

Hospitals super-sizing equipment for obese patients

USA Today / The Indianapolis Star, January 22, 2013

HHS releases HIPAA final rule

Government Health IT, January 18, 2013

FDA warned in 2009 not to reuse insulin pens

The Buffalo News, January 18, 2013

A moral obligation to get a flu shot?

The Washington Post / Religion News Service, January 18, 2013

Medical groups praise Obama's gun-control plan

Los Angeles Times, January 17, 2013

Opinion: A hospital network with a vision

The New York Times, January 17, 2013

'Surge plan' helps hospitals cope with flu

United Press International, January 16, 2013

'Fiscal cliff' law to affect Medicare's quality reporting

InformationWeek, January 16, 2013



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Multimedia/Events

Webcast: Optimize the Nurse Skill Set—Lower Labor Costs and Raise Quality

Date: January 24, 2013, 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET

As the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services develops new programs and tools as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, healthcare providers must focus on the care continuum model. Join Glide Health Services and Huron Healthcare as they share their tools for managing nurse labor costs.

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

 

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