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Antimicrobial Trumps Soap and Water in the ICU

Cheryl Clark

It costs more, but a regimen of cleaning ICU patients with a chlorhexidine solution has been shown to fight multiple drug-resistant organisms such as MRSA more effectively than soap and water. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Medical Errors Draw Fines for 7 CA Hospitals

The latest round of immediate jeopardy findings by the California Department of Public Health has resulted in hospital penalties for 10 incidents of patient harm or death at seven hospitals. >>>

Hospitalizations Up For the Terminally Ill

More patients spent time in intensive care units during their last month of life in 2009 than in 2000. One researcher suggests that providers could "do a better job" of communicating about treatment options and goals of care. >>>

Adverse Drug Reactions ID'd by Phone

In a research experiment, an automated phone system and pharmacists' follow-up calls identify and catch adverse drug events in patients. One observer says the system is "highly promising," but not yet ready for widespread implementation. >>>

NQF, JC Name National Patient Safety Award Winners

Kaiser Permanente, Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, and Saul M. Weingart, MD, PhD have been recognized by the National Quality Forum and The Joint Commission for their innovations in patient safety and commitments to quality improvement initiatives. >>>

Don't Miss Out on Nurse-Led Quality Initiatives

Hospitals should partner with nursing schools now to improve quality improvement efforts later, research suggests. >>>

'Sunshine Act' Gets Guarded Reaction

Professional associations and lobbying groups have so far avoided bashing the final rule, which details how financial relationships between drug and device manufacturers and healthcare providers must be disclosed to the federal government. >>>



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Recruiting and Retaining Physicians for the Post-Reform Era

Date: March 22, 2013, 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET

Metro Health System and National Association of Physician Recruiters share benchmark data and best practices to create the "right fit" for your organization when it comes to physician recruiting in the post-reform era.

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News Headlines

Prime hospital chain acknowledges it faces 2 federal probes

California Watch, February 7, 2013

Hospital's cameras let parents see babies from home

Connecticut Post / Associated Press, February 7, 2013

Cerner, McKesson cooperating for HIE, interoperability's sake?

TechTarget, February 6, 2013

Feds to publicize drug and device company payments to docs next year

Pro Publica, February 5, 2013

Obama urged to mandate medical error reporting

InformationWeek, February 5, 2013

Steward Health Care a force for change

The Boston Globe, February 4, 2013

WakeMed's Medicare settlement with feds would allow confidential reports

The News & Observer, February 4, 2013

Medical clinic workers struggle with burnout

Los Angeles Times, February 4, 2013

EHR accuracy remains problem, CHIME says

InformationWeek, February 1, 2013

Hospital error rate in MN isn't improving

Star Tribune, February 1, 2013



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Webcast: Physician Compensation Under Population-Based Reimbursement

Date: March 26, 2013, 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET

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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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