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Bedside Initiatives Aren't Just for Kids

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, editor for HealthLeaders Media

Nurses at the University of Pennsylvania Health System take a page from the pediatric playbook to make the hospital experience more patient- and family-oriented. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Tweet Smears Hospital's Discharge Incentive Campaign

A tweet decrying a Baltimore hospital's effort to speed patient discharges implied that patient safety was being put at risk. How much damage was done to the hospital's reputation remains to be seen. >>>

Better ED Throughput Means a Better Patient Experience

After a move, ED patient satisfaction and throughput measures "tanked" at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego. By eliminating duplication, leaders not only improved operational efficiency, but patient experience as well. >>>

Healthcare-Associated Infection Costs Detailed

Surgical site infections are the most frequently occurring HAI, accounting for one-third of the annual cost or about $3.3 billion. But central line-associated bloodstream infections are the most expensive, researchers report. >>>

Aetna Targets Readmissions With Pharmacy Pilot

Aetna members considered to be at high or moderate risk for hospital readmission within 30 days of discharge will receive support from a pharmacist in the form of in-home medication reviews or telephone consultations. >>>

Hottest Job in Healthcare Still Primary Care Physician

Part of the reason for the current shortage of family physicians harkens back to the perception in some medical circles just a few years ago that primary care was a specialty best to be avoided unless you wanted to work long hours for less pay. >>>

Preventing Amputations Starts with PCPs

J.A. Mustapha, MD, works to save limbs. A big part of his challenge is persuading primary care physicians to refer patients with peripheral arterial disease to specialty services like his, where amputations may be prevented. >>>

7 in 10 Workers Await Benefits Info as Deadline Nears

By law, employers must notify employees of health insurance benefits policy changes and coverage options by October 1. But a survey shows that 69% of workers have not yet received communications about any benefit policy changes. >>>



LIVE Webcast

Webcast: The New Patient Experience Model—Strategies to Leverage the Patient Voice

Date: November 5, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Marketing leaders from Covenant Health and Studer Group will help healthcare executives understand the importance of creating a patient-centered culture, share actionable examples of experience improvement techniques, and demonstrate how marketing can promote and sustain the hospital's patient experience strategy. Register Today >>>



News Headlines

Study: Hospital to home focus may reduce readmissions

Reuters, September 3, 2013

More questions surface about closed West Side hospital

The Chicago Tribune, September 3, 2013

Oral infections causing more hospitalizations

The New York Times, September 3, 2013

IRS ruling on same-sex couples has implications for health law

Kaiser Health News, September 3, 2013

US agency investigating medical supply contracts

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 30, 2013

St. Louis ConnectCare cuts more than half of its staff

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, August 30, 2013

Ohio hospital denies negligence in transplant case

Boston.com / Associated Press, August 30, 2013

Private equity's hospitals: A business model for the Obamacare era?

Bloomberg Businessweek, August 29, 2013

Doctors in Blue Cross alternative quality contract also changed how they treated Medicare patients

The Boston Globe, August 28, 2013

More stroke patients now get clot-busting drug

NPR, August 28, 2013



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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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