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Spirituality Presents a Paradox in End-of-Life Care

Cheryl Clark

The amount of spiritual support received by terminally ill patients has a direct impact on the aggressiveness of their end-of-life care. But not in the way you're probably thinking. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

CMS Releases Hospital Pricing Data

For the first time, the federal government has made public chargemaster data for the 100 most common Medicare inpatient diagnostic related groups or DRGs. Hospital prices vary widely even within the same city or region. >>>

Leapfrog Hospital Safety Scores 'Depressing'

In the Leapfrog Group's third release of hospital safety grades, overall scores rose minutely, but more hospitals got worse than got better. "So far, these numbers aren't really moving," says CEO Leah Binder. >>>

Hospital EDs Seeing Sicker Medicare Patients

The federal government's inpatient admissions guidelines and growing claims denials are heaping pressure on hospitals to treat Medicare patients in the ED rather than admit them. Meantime, the severity of illness is rising, says the American Hospital Association. >>>

St. Joseph Medical Center Settles Stent Cases

Nearly 250 patients, alleging they underwent unnecessary stent procedures at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson, MD, have agreed to an undisclosed medical malpractice settlement with the medical center and its former owner, Catholic Health Initiatives. >>>

Technology Tackles the Pressure Ulcer

The number of hospitalizations for pressure ulcers is on the rise, but simple sensor technology has been demonstrated to reduce potential tissue damage to pressure points on torsos and heels between 56 and 63 percent. >>>

Abundance of Quality Awards Weakens Marketing Value

One-third of US hospitals have garnered at least one distinction from a major rating group or company. With so many other organizations receiving similar accolades, how can promoting a top quality award have any real meaning? >>>

Medical Director Compensation Increasingly Tied to Value, Quality

While patient flow and practice efficiency were once the primary focus of medical directors in physician practices, directors are now shifting their focus toward delivering value and clinical quality. >>>



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 from Griffin Hospital and Sarasota Memorial Health Care System as they examine the increased focus on care transitions as healthcare organizations prepare for value-based care. Register Today >>>



News Headlines

One hospital charges $8,000 — another, $38,000

The Washington Post, May 9, 2013

MD prompts federal action on pharmacy oversight after meningitis outbreak

The Baltimore Sun, May 9, 2013

Info packets don't help people take ER meds

The Baltimore Sun / Reuters, May 9, 2013

Many medical guidelines don't consider costs

The Baltimore Sun / Reuters, May 8, 2013

Should doctors get random drug tests?

The Baltimore Sun, May 8, 2013

Advanced nurses lower costs, improve care

Politico, May 7, 2013

'Care guides' show another face of health reform

Star Tribune, May 7, 2013

Conversations with patients about death

NPR, May 7, 2013

Botched brain surgery prompts extensive review at SSM Health Care

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, May 6, 2013

CMS to delete data on life-threatening mistakes from website

Bloomberg, May 3, 2013



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Multimedia/Events

Webcast: New Radiology Standards to Reduce Costs, Increase Quality and Improve Outcomes

Date: June 19, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Join radiology experts from Radisphere and NCH Healthcare System as they examine how standards-based radiology can impact fiscal performance, patient satisfaction and physician referrals. Register Today >>>




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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