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Community Health Centers Poised for Expansion

John Commins

Gary M. Wiltz, MD, the newly elected chairman of the National Association of Community Health Centers, vows to expand the public profile of the organizations he calls "the base of primary preventive care." >>>

 

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. >>>

Say So Long to PCs in Hospitals

The personal computer has done a lot of good for clinicians in hospital settings, but its days are numbered. Zero-client terminals are quieter, safer, and cheaper to buy and to maintain. >>>

Hospital Leadership 'Success,' Redefined

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. >>>

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. >>>

Injuries Linked to Da Vinci Surgeries Underreported, Researchers Say

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. >>>

Patient Experience: Old School Approach May Be Best

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

Bedside Initiatives Aren't Just for Kids

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 for adults, too. >>>

Using Data Analytics for Better Financial Outcomes

To make the best use of the massive amounts of data being collected by hospitals and health systems, CFOs are turning to powerful analytics tools to find revenue cycle efficiencies and other cost savings. >>>



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Date: September 25, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET Join marketing veterans from Capella Healthcare and Jarrard Phillips Cate & Hancock to learn how to implement and measure marketing efforts under common resource challenges found at small to midsize hospitals and health systems. Register Today >>>



News Headlines

Patients may have been exposed to measles at two MA hospitals

The Boston Globe, September 4, 2013

SSM Health Care OKs Dean Health Systems purchase

News & Observer / Associated Press, September 4, 2013

ME sells bonds to pay off $183M in hospital debt

Bangor Daily News, September 4, 2013

For hospital patients, observation status can prove costly

NPR, September 4, 2013

Pay gap for women doctors increases to $50,000 a year

Bloomberg, September 3, 2013

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

Steward hospitals question earnings data

The Boston Globe / Associated Press, 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



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