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Better Nurse Staffing Requires a Strong Business Case

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, editor for HealthLeaders Media

Getting hospitals and health systems to invest more in nursing is a tough sell. Ironically, it's made tougher by good outcomes. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Medical Error Risk Rises Under Shorter Medical Intern Shifts

Researchers found that handoffs, a known risk factor for medical errors, increased 130% to 200% under rules limiting consecutive hourly duty limits for house staff interns. >>>

Less Than 1% of Health Plan Premiums Spent on Quality

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's medical loss ratio rule requires insurers to spend at least 80% or 85% of premiums on medical claims and quality improvement activities, or else pay rebates to consumers. >>>

Hospitals Rethink the Service Line

While general surgery, cardiovascular care, and orthopedics still head the list of service lines with strong positive margins, more areas of specialization are popping up and providers of all sizes are reviewing their service lines. >>>

Help for Addicted, Impaired Physicians Underutilized

Stress, burnout, and depression can lead physicians to substance use and abuse. Clinicians need to stop turning a blind eye to their dangerous colleagues. >>>

AHIP: Hospital Inpatient Pricing Up Sharply

Unadjusted hospital prices per admission rose by an average annual growth rate of 8.2% between 2008 and 2010, a study from America's Health Insurance Plans shows. But hospital groups counter that premium rates for private insurers have risen faster than underlying healthcare costs. >>>

Berwick: Quest Program Results 'A Breakthrough'

Premier Healthcare Alliance's data- and practice-sharing project, Quest, has saved 92,000 lives and $9.1 billion since 2007 through significant reductions in cost, mortality, and infections, the group says. >>>

County Rankings Illustrate Population Health

Data compiled by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute in conjunction with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provide a status report on critical population health metrics such as morbidity, access to care, overweight and obesity--by county. >>>



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Date: Date: April 23, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

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News Headlines

Nurses can practice without supervision in many states

The Washington Post, March 26, 2013

PA hospital concierge offers patients unlimited service

TribLive.com, March 25, 2013

Health poll reveals where people go for care

The Bakersfield Californian, March 25, 2013

Nurse-owned practices, clinics trying to get a foothold in TX

The Dallas Morning News, March 22, 2013

When harm in the hospital follows patients home

ProPublica, March 22, 2013

NC nurse anesthetists battle bill to put doctor supervision requirements into law

News & Observer, March 21, 2013

Settlement over race-based request at hospital included money

CBS Detroit, March 21, 2013

Study: Patients should decide what the end of life is like

Los Angeles Times, March 21, 2013

Boulder hospital stymied by computer problems

Houston Chronicle / Associated Press, March 20, 2013

MD bill to boost healthcare worker safety withdrawn

The Baltimore Sun, March 20, 2013



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