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How Hospital Practices are Trimmed at UCSF

Cheryl Clark

One energetic hospitalist, lamenting a "vast culture of overuse and waste," is working with a team to rid his hospital of some unnecessary and operational habits that evidence says should be halted. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

'Objectionable Conditions' Persist at Drug Compounding Facilities

Problems discovered in federal inspections of compounding facilities include "inappropriate or inadequate, or both, clothing for sterile processing…insufficient microbiological testing, and other practices that create risk of contamination," says the GAO. >>>

'Perverse Incentives' Perpetuate Use of Disproven Medical Treatments

In what researchers are calling "the largest and most comprehensive study of medical (finding) reversal," they identify 146 medical practices that have been refuted by subsequent studies, but which continue to be used by providers. >>>

Final IPPS Rule Elicits Objections from Hospital Groups

The Inpatient Prospective Payment System rule establishes controversial terms that distinguish an inpatient admission from "observation" status, for which hospitals receive lower rates of Medicare reimbursement. >>>

Physicians Brace for Drug, Device 'Transparency'

Doctors groups are alerting members to be prepared to respond to public disclosures as pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers begin tracking and reporting their financial interactions with physicians. >>>

CMS Overpaid Hospitals $38.2M for Short-Stay Claims

Payments to hospitals were made when elective surgeries failed to take place and inpatient claims did not meet Medicare's admission requirements, says a report from the Office of Inspector General. >>>

Community Health Centers Celebrate Decades of Service

The lessons learned about population health management and the value of medical homes and coordinated care come straight from the nation's community health centers, which celebrate nearly 50 years of providing healthcare access. >>>

Hospital HIE Use Up 41%, ONC Says

Six in 10 hospitals routinely swapped electronic health information with healthcare providers and health systems beyond their walls in 2012, says a study from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. >>>



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News Headlines

Congress wins relief on Obamacare health plan subsidies

The Baltimore Sun / Reuters, August 8, 2013

Feds say Parkland Health System in compliance

The Miami Herald / Associated Press, August 8, 2013

Wisconsin AG: Hospitals can't deny admitting privileges to abortion docs

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, August 8, 2013

KS approves more nursing investigators

The Topeka Capital-Journal, August 7, 2013

WakeMed among Triangle hospitals fined for excessive Medicare readmissions

News & Observer, August 7, 2013

'Miracle' pilot on mission against medical errors

Politico, August 7, 2013

Hospitals vary widely in ER waiting times

The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 6, 2013

Extra attention to Medicare's sickest patients saves money in the long run

The Columbus Dispatch, August 6, 2013

MA nurses union to file ballot question asking to limit number of patients

Boston.com / Associated Press, August 6, 2013

In need of a new hip, but priced out of the US

The New York Times, August 5, 2013



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