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. >>>
Only 245 cases of patient harm in surgeries using the Da Vinci robot system have been reported to the FDA since 2000. The figure seems "very, very low" to researchers, who have identified eight cases of patient harm or death that were not in the FDA's database. >>>
Two Congressional committees are exploring the notion of post-acute care reform which may require further development of quality measures and refinement of assessment tools. >>>
Healthcare consolidation is changing and eliminating the role of the hospital CEO. But there are still opportunities for strong leaders—they're just not always going to come with the title of CEO attached to them. >>>
A series of papers describing Medicare policy reform proposals is expected to be released over the coming months by the House Energy & Commerce and House Ways & Means committees. >>>
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. >>>
The final rule on health insurance exchanges sets forth standards for agent and broker participation in government-facilitated insurance marketplaces. It also requires qualified health plans that issue exchange products "to accept a variety of payment methods." >>>
If two-thirds of healthcare leaders claim a "great deal of experience" with clinical quality and patient safety metrics, why are so many having difficulty turning that data into meaningful improvements? This report uncovers the technological and cultural barriers hampering clinical quality improvements and provides practical, proven recommendations to help overcome them.
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