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FL Funds Statewide Residency Program

John Commins

It's not all gloomy news for healthcare in the Sunshine State. The governor has earmarked $20.6 million in state funds that when coupled with existing Medicaid funds, will provide $80 million in supplemental funding to create a Statewide Medicaid Residency Program.   >>>

 

Editor's Picks

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. >>>

Medicare Sees 33% Spike in Claims Appeals

Medicare Part A and Part B appeals rose markedly between 2008 and 2012 with most of the increase coming from appeals of inpatient hospital claims. "We think that the recovery audit contractors are driving a lot of the increase," says an OIG official. >>>

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. >>>

Shorter Wait for Surgery After Stents OK, Surgeon Says

Requiring patients with drug-eluting stents to wait a year before they can undergo elective surgery "is a common problem" for surgeons. But a large-scale study indicates the risk of adverse events such as serious blood clots may be overblown. >>>

Readmissions 'Drop Like a Rock' with Predictive Modeling

Predictive modeling offers the key to understanding which healthcare services most affect utilization, readmissions, and payment, and how to tackle the outliers. These analytics are within the grasp of any healthcare system. >>>

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. >>>



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News Headlines

Govt. health and safety efforts slowed or halted

The Miami Herald / Associated Press, October 9, 2013

Shutdown scuttles inspections of hospitals

Dallas Morning News, October 9, 2013

Central Maine Medical Center lauds ruling against Anthem

Portland Press Herald, October 9, 2013

In MN, nurses in trouble get second chances

Star Tribune, October 9, 2013

Hospital TB exposure under investigation in NV

CNN, October 9, 2013

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

The Washington Post, October 8, 2013

MN hospitals reduce unnecessary blood transfusions

Minnesota Public Radio, October 8, 2013

Without TX help, hospitals must make Obamacare work

The Dallas Morning News, October 7, 2013



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From HealthLeaders Magazine

A Fresh Look at End-of-Life Care

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