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When 'Mean Girls' Wear Scrubs

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, editor for HealthLeaders Media

For many nurses, leaving high school doesn't mean leaving the bullies behind. Bullying has been called nursing's "dirty little secret," but judging by the numbers, it's hard to believe it could be kept secret at all. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

3 Reasons Urinary Catheters are Overused in Hospitals

Three cultural habits within hospitals, including "general disinterest" among staff, can hinder catheter-associated urinary tract infection prevention efforts, researchers find. >>>

House Lawmakers Grill CMS Over Health Exchange Navigators

The role of navigators, expected to help millions of uninsured make their way through the health insurance market, came under fire Tuesday by members of Congress who raised questions about oversight and the role of the IRS in the implementation of healthcare reform. >>>

Fortunately, Angelina Jolie Isn't On Medicare

Most large private payers cover testing for a genetic marker indicating inherited breast cancer risk and will pay for associated prophylactic surgery. But Medicare has no national coverage decision for the test or for preventive mastectomy. >>>

Hospitals Profit On Bloodstream Infections

Hospitals can reap a windfall when an insured patient has a preventable infection, and private health plans—not Medicare—foot the largest bills. Why aren't these payers doing more to help hospitals prevent infections? >>>

Less Blood Testing for Some Surgeries Safe, Cost Effective

The ordering and testing of blood for surgery that rarely requires blood transfusions is expensive and "overutilized" by hospitals, researchers say. At Johns Hopkins alone, more appropriate blood ordering practices could save $200,000 a year. >>>

Keys to Managing Transitions of Care

Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System's focus on care transitions for its elderly and heart failure patient population has continually resulted in good readmission scores. Other hospital leaders could do the same, but the process has taken years and attention to detail. >>>

$6.4B Henry Ford, Beaumont Merger Failed on Cultural Hurdles

A merger between two Michigan healthcare providers has been called off because of stark cultural differences between them, observers say. Those differences include the patient populations they each serve and the organizations' physician compensation models. >>>



Intelligence Report

Intelligence Report: Reshaping the Cardio Service Line for Population Health and Reform Challenges

Three out of four healthcare leaders report positive margin from cardio. This Premium report explores how best to evolve cardio service lines to support prevention, expand offerings, and maintain healthy margins. Purchase Today >>>



News Headlines

High-deductible health plans scale back to avoid 'Cadillac tax'

The New York Times, May 28, 2013

National critic of healthcare IT says Marin General should heed nurses’ advice

Marin Independent Journal, May 28, 2013

Medical errors are hard for doctors to admit, but it's wise to apologize

The Washington Post, May 28, 2013

Hundreds of nurses walk out at two San Jose hospitals

KCBS, May 24, 2013

UC hospitals cancel surgeries, divert patients amid strike

Los Angeles Times, May 23, 2013

Scramble at Moore Medical Center as tornado hit

NPR, May 23, 2013

Lake Erie Regional Health System cuts jobs at two hospitals

The Buffalo News, May 23, 2013

Opinion: Colonoscopy mill operator doesn't concern insurance company

Las Vegas Review-Journal, May 23, 2013

Tornado struck hospital but patients, staff unharmed

ABC News, May 22, 2013

Hospital 'code black' before flood of tornado patients

Los Angeles Times, May 22, 2013



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

Date: May 29, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

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From HealthLeaders Magazine

Building Better Boards

Hospitals and health systems face unprecedented pressure to remake their business and clinical processes. Boards are trying desperately to keep up. >>>

 

Biting the All-Cause Readmissions Bullet

 

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