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Financial Incentives for Preventing HAIs Don't Add Up to Much

Cheryl Clark

A major teaching hospital's move to provide a financial rationale for preventing healthcare-acquired infections points to the dearth of meaningful incentives for hospitals to work harder toward the goal of improved patient safety. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

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. >>>

Cancer Care for Dying Patients On The Rise

Conflating disease treatment with patient care against a backdrop of a fee-for-service reimbursement system is leading to more aggressive treatments for terminally ill oncology patients, research conducted for the Dartmouth Atlas Project suggests. >>>

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. >>>

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. >>>

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. >>>

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. >>>

Community Health Centers Poised for Expansion

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." >>>



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Webcast: Patient Engagement for Population Health—The Kaiser Permanente & MSHA Models

Date: October 23, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Join clinical improvement leaders from Kaiser Permanente and Mountain States Health Alliance as they reveal proven models for fostering patient engagement through care coordination, technological innovation, and community outreach. Register Today >>>



News Headlines

13 hospitial patients possibly exposed to rare, fatal brain disease in NH

NBC News, September 5, 2013

TX widow waits for hospital to return husband's heart

MyWestTexas.com, September 5, 2013

Patients may have been exposed to measles at two MA hospitals

The Boston Globe, September 4, 2013

For hospital patients, observation status can prove costly

NPR, September 4, 2013

3D-printed medical devices spark FDA evaluation

Fox News / LiveScience, September 4, 2013

A hazard of impatient medicine

The Atlantic, September 4, 2013

Study: Hospital to home focus may reduce readmissions

Reuters, September 3, 2013

Oral infections causing more hospitalizations

The New York Times, September 3, 2013

Don Berwick's newest phase: Candidate, but still Dr. Quality

Kaiser Health News / WBUR, August 30, 2013

Ohio hospital denies negligence in transplant case

Boston.com / Associated Press, August 30, 2013



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