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Toxic Hospital Practices May Fuel Readmissions

Cheryl Clark

In the process of giving life-saving therapies, healthcare providers are often unaware that the dehydration, malnutrition, deconditioning, and information overload that happen during hospital stays may have long-term consequences to the cognitive function of vulnerable patients. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

How One Rural Hospital Prevents Patient Falls

A small Illinois hospital comes up with a remarkably simple, inexpensive, and effective strategy to guard against falls and wins an award in the process. >>>

Managing Patients' Pain Improves Satisfaction, Revenue

Pain represents a growing patient concern and a flourishing service line for healthcare. Hospitals are creating pain management centers with a focus on chronic and acute pain, relying on interventional and multidisciplinary procedures targeting long-term pain. >>>

ICU Delirium Linked to Post-Discharge Cognitive Decline

Researchers have quantified the frequency of cognitive deterioration in former hospital ICU patients, and say it "may be a growing public health problem." >>>

Can Hospitals Pay Patients' Health Insurance Premiums?

It's not clear whether hospitals can legally advance patients premium money for coverage obtained from health insurance exchange markets. But the potential for conflict is apparent. >>>

Tech Glitches Snarl HIX Opening Day

High traffic volume contributed to consumer complaints about problems with the federal health insurance exchange and several states operating their own marketplaces reported similar problems on launch day. >>>

NPs Love Their Jobs, For Now

Unlike physicians and RNs, nurse practitioners report remarkably high levels of job satisfaction thanks to a rise in opportunities to practice independently, and confidence that their earning power will increase. >>>

Demand for Primary Care Docs Remains Strong

The demand for primary care doctors is being fueled by health reform mandates as well as physician turnover, which has been on the rise over the past three years, a physician recruitment report finds. >>>



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News Headlines

Government shutdown forces hospital to turn patients away

PBS, October 3, 2013

Insurance may narrow race gap in access to surgery

The Baltimore Sun / Reuters, October 3, 2013

Tuomey Healthcare ordered to pay $276 million

WLTX.com, October 2, 2013

Cuts block some seeking NIH research treatment

Charlotte Observer / Associated Press, October 2, 2013

The case for changing how doctors work

The New Yorker, October 2, 2013

Do patients even want digital health records?

Government Health IT, October 1, 2013

Oncologists call for industry-led global fund to fight cancer

Reuters, October 1, 2013

Struck by turtle: Anticipating a new healthcare billing system

The Atlantic, October 1, 2013

Nurses prone to injuries with heavier patients

ABC News, September 27, 2013

Baltimore VA hospital faulted for lengthy emergency room stays

The Baltimore Sun, September 27, 2013



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Multimedia/Events

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 >>>


Webcast: Predictive Analytics—Reducing Readmissions and Hospitalizations

Date: October 28, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

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From HealthLeaders Magazine

A Fresh Look at End-of-Life Care

Providers must team with patients to determine the ultimate medical mission. >>>

 

Delivering Safety Over Convenience

 

Restructuring Reimbursements



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