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It's Judgment Day for Hospital Websites

Cheryl Clark

Not only are hospitals' quality metrics under tight review by payers, but now the honesty and relevance of their websites' claims and content is getting scrutinized. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Medical Errors at 10 CA Hospitals Draw Fines of $625K

California's latest round of penalties for hospital blunders that resulted in patient harm or death includes a wrong-site surgery, feeding errors, a retained surgical object, and a number of unnecessary "emergency" coronary interventions. >>>

Shands HealthCare to Pay $26M to Settle False Claims Allegations

Federal prosecutors say improper Medicare billing at six Florida hospitals operated by Shands ran from 2003 through 2008. Shands makes no admission of liability, but will pay a total of approximately $26 million plus interest. >>>

CAH Status Challenge Must Consider Access

A recommendation to strip critical access designation from any hospital that was given that status under a state "necessary provider" designation lacks consideration for the role of critical access hospitals in the rural healthcare safety net. >>>

Would You Hire a Deaf Nurse?

A nursing school boots out a deaf student over concerns that her hearing loss would limit her ability to safely perform clinical rotations. Nonsense, says the Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Losses. >>>

MGMA-ACMPE Seeks Delay for Stage 2 MU Penalties

Lack of vendor readiness for the move to Stage 2 Meaningful Use means physicians will be unable to meet the requirements for EHR implementation and will be subject to fines starting in 2015, the Medical Group Management Association says. >>>

Oregon to Streamline Provider Credentialing

A new law requires the Oregon Health Authority to establish an electronic database for credentialing organizations, including hospitals, insurance companies, and other facilities. >>>

'Dismal' Understanding of Health Plans Among Consumers

Only 14% of consumers surveyed understand basic insurance terms such as "copayments," and "deductibles." They will make "disastrous decisions," when health insurance exchanges come online in a few weeks, says an economist and researcher. >>>



Intelligence Report

Intelligence Report: Patient Experience Beyond HCAHPS—Care Coordination and Cultural Transformation

This report uncovers the management and cultural changes necessary to achieve consistently superior patient experience. It features original research and analysis from top healthcare executives and clinical leaders. Gain key insights, such as: 71% of healthcare leaders will focus on care coordination to improve patient experience. Download Today >>>



News Headlines

Report: More doctors accepting Medicare patients

USA Today, August 22, 2013

CVS cuts access to opioid pain-killers for suspect doctors

The Baltimore Sun / Reuters, August 22, 2013

Coming soon: Surgeons wearing Google Glass

FastCoExist.com, August 22, 2013

40 men sue hospital after accidental thaw destroyed sperm

NBC News, August 22, 2013

Thousands of doctors practicing despite errors, misconduct

USA Today, August 21, 2013

Big blood pressure improvements seen with no copays, easier-to-use pills

Star Tribune / Associated Press, August 21, 2013

Why doesn't medical care get better when doctors rest more?

The New Yorker, August 21, 2013

FDA issues guidelines on wireless medical devices

InformationWeek, August 20, 2013

Doctors who profit from radiation prescribe it more often, study finds

The New York Times, August 19, 2013

NH patients seek accountability in hepatitis case

Boston.com / Associated Press, August 19, 2013



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Multimedia/Events

Webcast: Reining in Disruptive Docs—Strategies to Manage Risk and Reduce Turnover

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

According to a 2011 study, 77% of physicians are concerned about disruptive behavior at their facilities. Join physician management experts from DePaul University and Florida Hospital to learn peer-tested strategies for confronting and resolving disruptive physician behavior. Register Today >>>




From HealthLeaders Magazine

New Approaches to Patient Experience

The simplest and most effective patient experience strategy may be listening to the patient, directly through personal discussions and indirectly through survey data analysis. >>>

 

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