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Pronovost Lauds Patient Reporting of Adverse Events

Cheryl Clark

The FDA apparently isn't satisfied that doctors and hospitals are reporting all they know about drug errors and harm from medical devices. A top physician and safety advocate says enabling patients to report events is a welcome "paradigm shift." >>>

 

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Leapfrog Releases Another Hospital Safety Report Card

The latest round of scores that measure rates of errors and infections, indicators of safe practices, shows an increase in the number of hospitals that earned the lowest score. Leapfrog's CEO Leah Binder calls that "a troubling trend." >>>

Doctors in Residency Fail Tests of Common Courtesy

Interns observed interacting with hospitalized patients exhibited five basic behaviors associated with etiquette-based medicine during only 4% of all encounters. >>>

Targeting All-Cause Readmissions an Ambitious Strategy

There's ample disagreement about how much control hospitals can exercise over readmission rates. Farsighted leaders are taking on a big endeavor by focusing on all-cause readmissions. >>>

Remote Patient Monitoring Poised for Growth

New penalties for preventable hospital readmissions are prompting hospitals to adopt technologies that allow patients to measure blood pressure, heart rate, and other vital signs from home. >>>

Residents Save $2M By Eliminating Needless Lab Tests

Having noticed that "the majority of tests we were ordering... really didn't impact the day-to-day care," a group of neurosurgery residents identified five lab tests that could be eliminated without affecting patient safety. They generated nearly $2 million in savings, including $75,000 in direct costs for their medical center. >>>

The Trouble With Pay-for-Performance

The author of a study on pay for performance in healthcare, says there is little evidence to support that incentives for following certain processes that have been proven to add value… actually improve quality or value. >>>

Hospital Inspections to Resume In Full

The effects of the government shutdown will be felt for weeks as state and federal officials play catch-up on hospital inspections, re-certifications, and other routine work. >>>

Peer Messengers Help Docs Get Back On Track

A program at VUMC is making significant inroads in helping physicians turn around their practices or behaviors after patients complain about them, either because of the doctors' actions or their clinical work. >>>



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News Headlines

More charged in federal probe of Sacred Heart Hospital

The Chicago Tribune, October 24, 2013

Robots that emit ultraviolet light help hospitals curb some infections

The Chicago Tribune, October 24, 2013

Medicare drags feet on secure patient IDs

InformationWeek, October 24, 2013

3 dead in medical helicopter crash in West TN

The Tennessean, October 23, 2013

Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove elected to IOM

The Plain Dealer, October 23, 2013

Gov Corbett to sign bill allowing doctors to apologize

The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 23, 2013

At Twin Cities hospitals, doing more with less blood

Star Tribune, October 22, 2013

Doctors rarely discuss risks of cancer screening

Reuters, October 22, 2013

Women make better doctors than men

Time, October 18, 2013

Catholic hospitals grow, and with them questions of care

ProPublica, October 18, 2013



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The Benefits (and Costs) of Consolidation

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