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Latest Wave of MU Audits Delivers a Fresh Scare

Scott Mace

A slew of Meaningful Use audit notices have suddenly materialized, aimed not only at Medicare, but at Medicaid recipients as well. The deadlines are tight and the documentation requirements exacting, making a most unwelcome October surprise for healthcare CIOs. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

How to Find the Right Ortho Device at the Right Price

Orthopedic physicians and hospitals are developing new procedures and processes to better select and procure surgical implants for hip and knee pain, spine care, and joint replacement. >>>

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." >>>

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. >>>

Pronovost Lauds Patient Reporting of Adverse Events

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." >>>

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. >>>



Intelligence Report

Intelligence Report: Advancing Clinical Quality from Data to Decisions

If two-thirds of healthcare leaders claim a "great deal of experience" with clinical quality and patient safety metrics, why are so many having difficulty turning that data into meaningful improvements? This report uncovers the technological and cultural barriers hampering clinical quality improvements and provides practical, proven recommendations to help overcome them. Purchase Today >>>



News Headlines

Health site puts agency and leader in hot seat

The New York Times, October 29, 2013

Healthcare.gov up again after data system crash, may be slow: agency

Reuters, October 29, 2013

Healthcare.gov is not being repealed

The Washington Post, October 29, 2013

State healthcare website recovering from glitches

San Francisco Chronicle, October 28, 2013

Opinion: The wildest time ever in American healthcare

Bangor Daily News, October 25, 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

Costly prostate therapy common when docs own the machine

The Baltimore Sun / Reuters, October 24, 2013

White House brings in help to fix healthcare website

Los Angeles Times, October 23, 2013

Insiders who worked on US health website describe high stress, complaints about major problems

Star Tribune / Associated Press, 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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