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Physicians See a Gaping Hole in the Safety Net

Joe Cantlupe

Government quality metrics fall short in meeting the needs of safety-net healthcare providers, who complain that such measures force them to divert their resources into lower priority programs. >>>

 

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. >>>

Killer Metric Separates Good Hospitals From Bad

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. >>>

Consensus Stirs for Medicare Reform

A U.S. House subcommittee's review of proposals to improve the Medicare program focuses on three recommendations, but simultaneously restructuring the benefit design, maintaining the average value of benefits, and producing Medicare savings will not be simple. >>>

Tenet to Acquire Vanguard in Surprise $4.3B Deal

The deal to buy Vanguard will expand Tenet's footprint to 30 markets across 16 states. Charlie Martin, Vanguard's founder, chairman, and CEO, will join Tenet's board of directors, and Keith Pitts, Vanguard's vice chairman, will serve Tenet as vice chairman. >>>

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. >>>

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. >>>

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." >>>

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. >>>



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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

Hospital deports stroke patient

NJ Today, June 27, 2013

Top Medicare prescribers rake in speaking fees from drugmakers

ProPublica, June 26, 2013

New website matches patients with clinical trials

The Miami Herald, June 26, 2013

Policy keeps some rural doctors from delivery room

The Texas Tribune, June 26, 2013

NH report criticizes Exeter Hospital in hep C outbreak

Valley News / Associated Press, June 25, 2013

Dialogue: Will training more doctors improve healthcare?

The New York Times, June 24, 2013

700 doctors wrote possibly harmful Medicare prescriptions

The Washington Post / ProPublica, June 21, 2013

Opinion: Physician shortage raises questions

The Sacramento Bee, June 21, 2013



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