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  May 21, 2013 Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterJoin us on LinkedInRSS feed

Don't Let Nurses Sink Your Bottom Line

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, editor for HealthLeaders Media

Because higher patient satisfaction scores translate to higher Medicare reimbursements, how nurses interact and talk with patients has a demonstrable and significant impact on a hospital's bottom line. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Quiet ORs Better for Patient Safety

Music at loud decibels can contribute to miscommunication among surgeons and nurses in the operating room, raising the risk of medical error, researchers say. >>>

Hard-Nosed About Physician Teamwork

A Michigan healthcare system tells physicians: Be part of a multidisciplinary team or go away. Though many physicians are not collaborative by nature, a team-based approach is the only way to ensure success, says Spectrum Health. >>>

Patient Harm Data to Remain on Medicare's Hospital Compare Site

An inaccurate media story about changes to Medicare's reporting on hospital-acquired conditions has sparked a flurry of criticism from patient safety advocates. Here's what's really going on. >>>

ED Physicians Key to Half of Hospital Admissions

Doctors in the emergency department are the major decision makers in nearly half of all hospital admissions, giving them a significant role in controlling healthcare costs, research shows. >>>

Hospital Pricing Irks Nurses; More Jobs, Less Pay

In this week's news: Explaining hospital pricing to employees, exploring the complicated relationship between healthcare jobs and spending, and protecting staff and employers with new social media laws in several states. >>>

Case Study: Advance Care Conversations

Not knowing a patient's wishes for end-of-life care can lead to expensive and sometimes unwanted medical interventions. Gundersen Health System is trying to change that, by embracing a conversation around end-of-life care that is not about dying. >>>

Healthcare Leaders Sound Off on Organized Labor

How much of a threat does organized labor pose to healthcare organizations? Hospital and health system leaders weigh in on the sensitive issue, which ranked among their top three concerns in our most recent industry survey. >>>

Tavenner Confirmed as CMS Administrator

Marilyn Tavenner, a former nurse, hospital executive, and state health official, is the first Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services head to gain congressional approval since 2004. The full Senate confirmed her nomination with a 91-7 vote. >>>



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

Healthcare workers set to strike CA public hospitals

Reuters, May 21, 2013

L.A. poised to go after Las Vegas hospital in patient-dumping cases

The Sacramento Bee, May 21, 2013

WA hospitals fight to limit reports on infections

The News Tribune, May 21, 2013

Helper robots are steered, tentatively, to care for the aging

The New York Times, May 20, 2013

UC hospital strikers' numbers to be decided by court

Los Angeles Times, May 20, 2013

Seeking calm on the cancer ward

The New York Times, May 17, 2013

Docs, nurses disagree over expanded nurse roles

Kaiser Health News, May 16, 2013

$223M Medicare fraud bust nabs 89 in 8 cities

The Washington Post / Associated Press, May 15, 2013

Liberty Hospital lays off workers, shuts down wound clinic

Kansas City Business Journal, May 15, 2013

Hospitals prepare to cut care in Medicaid opt-out states

Bloomberg, May 15, 2013



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Date: June 4, 2013, 12:00-3:00 p.m. ET

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Building Better Boards

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