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Robots, Weight Loss Surgery, and a Twisted Tale Out of Baltimore

Cheryl Clark

A cluster of research findings on surgical quality and costs and a disturbing story about a Maryland gynecologist round out this week's news. >>>

 

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Robotic Surgery Hikes Hysterectomy Costs

The volume and cost of hysterectomy procedures performed by surgical robots are soaring. But infection rates, intraoperative injuries, reoperations, and transfusions are all essentially the same as for traditional laparoscopy. >>>

Weight Loss Surgery Doesn't Cut Health Costs

Bariatric surgery patients have lower costs for medication and physician's office visits up to six years later, but those savings are offset by more hospitalizations and hospital costs, health economists say. >>>

Why Nursing Should Be More Like Football

In nursing, as in football, teamwork matters. Safety huddles at the start of a shift allow nurses to strategize as a team before executing patient care. One hospital that's adopted the practice has already scored a national quality award. >>>

Sloppy EHR Data Signals Need for Standards

Analysts are uncovering problems with the accuracy and quality of clinical documentation generated by physicians working with electronic health records. Now experts are calling for standards of practice. >>>

NCQA Issues First ACO Accreditations

The National Committee of Quality Assurance evaluates accountable care organizations on the basis of 65 elements including whether they have sufficient specialists and primary care providers. >>>

Looming Sequestration Cuts Put Rural Providers on Edge

With 40% of rural facilities already operating at a loss, a 2% cut about to be triggered by unchecked legislation "is incredibly challenging," says an official at the National Rural Health Association's Rural Health Policy Institute. >>>

BCBSNC Kicks Off Orthopedic Bundles

New payment models from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina mean patients receive highly coordinated pre-operative care and one fixed-rate bill for 30-days pre- and 90-days post-surgery for knee replacements. >>>



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News Headlines

Unlikely prescription from doctors: Less is more

Bloomberg Businessweek, February 21, 2013

IL health system hires executive from troubled Dallas hospital

Chicago Tribune, February 21, 2013

Readmissions don't measure quality, Harvard doc says

InformationWeek, February 21, 2013

CDC: Drug OD deaths climb for 11th straight year

The Washington Post / Associated Press, February 20, 2013

Hopkins patients come forward as investigation into secret recording continues

The Baltimore Sun, February 20, 2013

Portland hospital fire investigated; hand sanitizer link suspected

Oregon Live, February 20, 2013

Kaiser seen as a model for health care overhaul

The Miami Herald / Sacramento Bee, February 19, 2013

Hundreds sue KY hospital over heart procedures

USA Today / The Courier-Journal, February 19, 2013

EMRs probed for over-billing

The Center For Public Integrity, February 15, 2013

Opinion: Afraid to speak up to medical power

The New York Times, February 15, 2013



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From HealthLeaders Magazine

Tablets and the Influence of Connective Technology

Demand for devices such as the iPad and smartphone comes from clinicians and is having a powerful impact on healthcare delivery as the next wave of technology surges, but don't shut down your PCs just yet. >>>

 

Embracing Nontraditional Models

 

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