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Healthcare a Human Right, Maine Nurses Say

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, editor for HealthLeaders Media

While lawmakers in Washington are still bickering over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Maine State Nurses Association is fed up. The group is calling for universal state coverage, to be funded through a payroll tax. >>>

 

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. >>>

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. >>>

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. >>>

5 Ways Health Systems Can Reduce ED Usage

A study finds reductions in emergency department usage can be achieved through patient education, interventions in patient financial incentives, and the adoption of population health strategies such as patient-centered medical homes. >>>

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." >>>

NCQA: Appropriate Use of Antibiotics by Providers 'Declining'

The National Committee for Quality Assurance has been tracking the use of antibiotic treatment in adults with acute bronchitis since 2006 and has found that compliance with not prescribing antibiotics has been "strikingly and perpetually low." >>>

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. >>>



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News Headlines

Should hospital ratings be embraced, or despised?

ProPublica, October 29, 2013

FDA shift on painkillers was years in the making

The New York Times, October 29, 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

Las Vegas doctor sentenced in hepatitis C outbreak

NBC News / Reuters, October 25, 2013

More charged in federal probe of Sacred Heart Hospital

The Chicago Tribune, October 24, 2013

Suit challenging VA health facility law revived

The Miami Herald / Associated Press, 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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