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'MacGyver' Nurses Build Their Own Solutions

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, editor for HealthLeaders Media

MakerNurse is searching nationwide for nurses who are creating new devices and workarounds that fix healthcare problems and improve patient care. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

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. >>>

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. >>>

Toxic Hospital Practices May Fuel Readmissions

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. >>>

Cheaper Way to Stop MRSA Adds No Patient Risk

Having healthcare providers don gloves and gowns in intensive care units is shown to reduce infections of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, but without a rise in adverse events, researchers say. >>>

Providers Face Tougher HIPAA Rules

More stringent privacy regulations now in effect mean hospitals and medical practices can expect random audits, higher fines, and a surge in formal complaints from patients who ask for, but do not receive their medical records in a timely fashion. >>>

Countdown to Flu Shot Compliance Begins

Encouraging healthcare workers to get their flu shots has been a patient safety and quality of care issue for years. Mandatory public reporting of this hospital quality measure is finally moving the needle. >>>

Patient Gripes Poor Indicators of Quality Care

Hospitals that have the best survival outcomes are not doing the best job in the area of patient satisfaction, says a healthcare economist . Better indicators of quality are the number of beds and patient volume. >>>

Simple Outpatient Protocols Reduce CLABSI by 48%

Training young cancer patients and their families basic methods of preventing central line-associated bloodstream infections could have implications beyond pediatric oncology, since healthcare is increasingly delivered in outpatient settings. >>>



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News Headlines

Hospitals and insurers struggle to reduce costs from "super-utilizers"

The Washington Post, October 8, 2013

Orlando Health nurses rallying for unions

Orlando Business Journal, October 8, 2013

Healthcare hospitality: Hospitals use amenities to dazzle patients

Arkansas Business, October 7, 2013

Hospital mergers may drive up costs

The Boston Globe, October 4, 2013

Leader of cancer center works on changes after feedback

The New York Times, October 4, 2013

Doctors ignore advice on sore throats, bronchitis

USA Today, October 4, 2013

Government shutdown forces hospital to turn patients away

PBS, October 3, 2013

PA bills want hospitals to take 'any insurer'

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 3, 2013

Opinion: Baylor Health System, Tenet Healthcare embrace Obamacare

The Dallas Morning News, October 2, 2013

Cuts block some seeking NIH research treatment

Charlotte Observer / Associated Press, October 2, 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 >>>


Intelligence Report: Physician Alignment in the New Shared Risk Environment

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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. >>>

 

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