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How CMS Penalizes Hospitals for Finding Blood Clots

Cheryl Clark

When it comes to blood clots in surgical patients, "vigilant hospitals get penalized because [when] they look more, they find more. Their rankings look atrocious," says the author of a report blasting a patient safety measure that he says is driving unintended consequences. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

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. >>>

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. >>>

'MacGyver' Nurses Build Their Own Solutions

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

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. >>>

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. >>>

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. >>>

Physician Alignment Crucial in Cardio, Ortho Care

Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan has built a cardiovascular center of excellence. Physicians there collaborate with nurses to implement hospital processes and sets goals. And physician champions are named to help oversee quality goals and needs. >>>



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News Headlines

NIH admits a dozen critically ill despite shutdown

Boston.com / Associated Press, October 10, 2013

CVS/pharmacies expand retail clinics in LA in response to healthcare market demand

NOLA.com / The Times-Picayune, October 10, 2013

Woman missing 17 days found dead in hospital stairway

The Chicago Tribune / Reuters, October 10, 2013

TB deaths at Las Vegas hospital's NICU spur health alert

CBS News, October 10, 2013

MN warns 104 health department workers of possible furlough

Star Tribune, October 9, 2013

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

The Washington Post, October 8, 2013

Robotic surgery risks, harms rise with marketing

Bloomberg, October 8, 2013

MN hospitals reduce unnecessary blood transfusions

Minnesota Public Radio, October 8, 2013

Doctors ignore advice on sore throats, bronchitis

USA Today, October 4, 2013

Leader of cancer center works on changes after feedback

The New York Times, October 4, 2013



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Date: October 16, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

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