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Killer Metric Separates Good Hospitals From Bad

Cheryl Clark

A hospital's low 30-day mortality rates for three key diagnoses might be an indicator of good survival rates for patients who receive hospital treatment for other conditions as well, researchers say. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

EHR Design Flaws Contribute to Patient Harm in the ED

Errors in patient care, attributed to electronic health record systems used in emergency departments, are "incredibly common," says a researcher. But vendor contracts prevent physicians from speaking publicly about problems with the systems. >>>

Probe Uncovers Hospitals' Inability to Protect Patient Privacy

Researchers and a journalist were able to re-identify, without much fuss, the de-identified medical records of scores of patients, thought to have been protected by HIPAA. Here's how they did it. >>>

Outpatient Preventive Care Efforts Lower Costs Only Marginally

Outpatient care coordination does not significantly reduce hospitalizations among high-cost Medicare patients, researchers say. Instead 90% of inpatient spending for those patients was "for treatment of conditions that you wouldn't think would be preventable by outpatient management." >>>

How to Lose Good Nurses

Hospitals that fail to stamp out verbal abuse among RNs and those that demand 12-hour shifts risk losing valuable employees to other organizations where working conditions are more favorable. >>>

Population Health is Not a New Concept

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is only now putting a spotlight on the good work that's been going on in community health programs for decades. This week, five hospital-led collaboratives will be recognized for their work. >>>

Q&A: Geisinger's CEO on Cost, Quality, Data Sharing

Glenn Steele, MD, discusses the need for healthcare organizations to collaborate and learn from each other with shared data that can offer real-time insights as healthcare leaders re-engineer the industry to provide real value. >>>

Intermountain Launches Analytics Tool for Population Health Data

OutcomesMiner is intended to help hospitals and clinics determine better medical treatments based on clinical data and patient characteristics. >>>



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News Headlines

Hospital officials complain to senate panel about Medicare efforts on observation care

The Washington Post / Kaiser Health News, June 27, 2013

Walking away from Medicare

The New York Times, June 27, 2013

Healthcare is broken. This designer thinks she can fix it

Wired, June 27, 2013

New website matches patients with clinical trials

The Miami Herald, June 26, 2013

Pittsburgh seeks dismissal of 'bizarre' UPMC civil-rights complaint

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 26, 2013

WellPoint caps surgery costs to save pension fund without hurting health

Bloomberg, June 25, 2013

Federal regulators reviewing preliminary findings of Dallas' Parkland Memorial Hospital survey

The Dallas News, June 25, 2013

NH report criticizes Exeter Hospital in hep C outbreak

Valley News / Associated Press, June 25, 2013

Lower-radiation scans could arrive soon at OH hospitals

The Columbus Dispatch, June 21, 2013

Infections from contaminated injections can lurk undetected

NPR, June 21, 2013



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Date: August 27, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

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