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  October 28, 2013 Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterJoin us on LinkedInRSS feed

Healthcare Reform Creates More Slots in the C-Suite

John Commins

Nobody had ever heard of a hospital having a chief experience officer until just a few years ago. Now qualified clinician-executives are at a premium. So are chief strategy officers, familiar in other industries, but new to healthcare and hospital administration. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Adverse Events Draw $775K in Fines at 9 CA Hospitals

The most recent round of administrative penalties for hospital deficiencies constituting immediate jeopardy includes two patient falls resulting in deaths, a wrong-site surgery, and a retained surgical object. >>>

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. >>>

Nurse Staffing Linked to Lower Readmission Penalties

Researchers estimate that each additional nurse-hour per patient day is associated with 10% lower odds of receiving penalties under The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program. >>>

Mapping Patient-Nurse Interactions Could Minimize Infections

Research findings call on hospital leaders to take a deeper look at how staff—primarily nurses—interact with patients, to determine a way for patients at highest risk for infection to come into contact with fewer workers. >>>

Healthcare Job Growth Continues at Tepid Pace

Despite the lukewarm climate for overall employment, healthcare job growth figures have yet to reflect any slowing demand for physicians, clinicians, and executives. Merritt Hawkins saw its physician and advanced practice recruiting assignments increase by 14% from 2012 to 2013. >>>

Gamification Ratchets Up Employee Engagement

On a mission to improve health literacy among its employees as a pathway toward improving health outcomes, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota found a solution that not only engaged them, it turned some into "change prophets." >>>

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. >>>

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. >>>



News Headlines

Some health insurance gets pricier as Obamacare rolls out

Los Angeles Times, October 28, 2013

Garden City (NJ) chief of staff: Hospital is a 'tough business to be in'

Observer & Eccentric / HometownLife.com, October 28, 2013

Hundreds of LICH employees receive layoff notices

NY1 News, October 28, 2013

Opinion: The wildest time ever in American healthcare

Bangor Daily News, October 25, 2013

Nonprofit hospitals swap breaks for mergers under law

Bloomberg, October 25, 2013

Should medical school last just 3 years?

The New York Times, October 25, 2013

More charged in federal probe of Sacred Heart Hospital

The Chicago Tribune, October 24, 2013

3 dead in medical helicopter crash in West TN

The Tennessean, October 23, 2013

UPMC says it does not have employees

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 23, 2013

Lawsuit against BJC HealthCare alleges wage violations

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, October 23, 2013



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From HealthLeaders Magazine

The Benefits (and Costs) of Consolidation

The recent level of M&A and affiliation activity in healthcare has been stunning, but to some leaders, it's nothing compared to what's coming over the next decade. >>>

 

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