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Deadly CRE Infection Spreading Fast in Hospitals

Cheryl Clark

Arjun Srinivasan, MD, associate director for healthcare-associated infection prevention programs for the CDC, discusses what is known and not known about the "alarming increase" in frequency of carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae in healthcare settings. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

ED Cost of Care Greatly Underreported, Researcher Says

A Brown University researcher says the true cost of emergency department care may account for 10% of total healthcare spending, not 2% as a widely accepted federal report claims. >>>

IPPS Proposed Rule Adds Readmission Measures, HAC Timeline

CMS's proposed rule for Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for acute care hospitals includes clarification on which patient stays qualify as legitimate hospitals admissions and exempts certain planned admissions from the readmissions penalty. >>>

Providers Grade Health Plans. Guess Who Still Stinks.

An annual survey of hospital leaders' opinions of large health plans shows WellPoint and UnitedHealthcare fighting for last place among their peers—Cigna, Aetna, Coventry, Humana, and the independent Blue Cross Blue Shield plans. >>>

In Rush to Promote High-Tech Treatments, What About Patients?

Competitive hospitals have a knack for promoting unproven high-tech therapies and surgical procedures in order to win market share. They must also foster a culture of caring for patients as people. How do marketing leaders' responsibilities align? >>>

Hospital Execs Forecast Higher IT Spending

Nearly 43% of respondents surveyed by the Premier Healthcare Alliance say their organizations will make their biggest capital investments in healthcare information technology and telecommunications in 2013, up 21% from two years ago. >>>

Nurses Uniquely Suited To Be Care Coordinators

Even beyond the clinical understanding and expertise that's required of the job, care coordinators who come from nursing backgrounds have a wealth of other skills to draw on. What are needed now are programs to formalize care coordination training. >>>

Mercy Readies Tornado-Tough $450M Joplin Hospital

Two years after an EF5 tornado flattened Joplin, MO and gutted St. John's Regional Medical Center, the new Mercy Hospital Joplin is built to stand strong against natural disasters with a host of upgrades. Storm-hardened windows will be the facility's centerpiece. >>>



LIVE Webcast

Webcast: Patient-Centered Care Transitions for Better Quality, Costs, and Readmissions

Date: May 29, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Join quality and care experts as they examine the increased focus on care transitions as healthcare organizations prepare for value-based care. Register Today >>>



News Headlines

Medicaid access increases use of care, study finds

The New York Times, May 2, 2013

MT hospital says woman posed as nurse

ABC News / Associated Press, May 2, 2013

Stephen Colbert takes on IA hospital

The Des Moines Register, May 2, 2013

Boston victims face lifetime of medical bills

CNNMoney, May 1, 2013

Hospital patients need an advocate at their side to avoid medical errors

The Washington Post, April 30, 2013

How a serial-killing night nurse hacked hospital drug protocol

Wired, April 30, 2013

MO doctor helps spark probe of medical device industry

St. Louis Business Journal, April 30, 2013

Obama administration simplifies healthcare form

Boston.com / Associated Press, April 30, 2013

Boston ER doctor finds marathon memories hard to shake

NPR, April 26, 2013

Philadelphia health plan to soon cover 'gender confirmation surgery'

The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 26, 2013



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From HealthLeaders Magazine

Grounding the Frequent Fliers

Strategies to curtail the unnecessary use of the emergency department involve efforts that rely on data, care management, and patient involvement. >>>

 

Improving Surgical Quality

 

Bridging the Physician-Management Chasm



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