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Diagnostic Error Detection Comes Into Focus

Cheryl Clark

A developing discipline aims to find ways to measure efficient accuracy and diagnostic prowess, just as we now scrutinize core measures and surgical outcomes. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

ECRI Announces Top 10 Healthcare Technology Hazards

ECRI Institute collects data on adverse events and near misses and releases an annual report on the top technology dangers in healthcare. >>>

Surgeons' Disrupted Sleep Not a Safety Factor

A study designed to assess the effect of disrupted sleep on surgeons finds that surgical complications did not increase when surgeons who operated on emergency cases during the midnight to 7 AM shift operated on scheduled patients later in the day. >>>

Reduced Readmissions—In a Bottle?

Healthcare organizations can lower readmissions and improve patient care significantly through a simple move that doesn't involve fancy data systems or expensive care coordinators, according to new research. If your organization doesn't use an oral nutritional supplement protocol, why not? >>>

Medicare Pays $23M in Dead Claims

A federal investigation finds that although CMS has safeguards to prevent and recover Medicare payments made on behalf of deceased beneficiaries, claims have slipped through and been paid. >>>

HANYS Grades the Hospital Graders

The Healthcare Association of New York State studies 10 of the most well-known report cards that attempt to quantify hospital performance—including those from the Leapfrog Group, Healthgrades, and U.S. News and World Report—and ranks them. >>>

3 in 4 Patients Want E-mail Consultations

Patient demand for e-mail consultations with physicians is high, but willingness to pay is low. Physicians practices are finding they can accommodate the preference for e-mail by identifying suitable billing strategies. >>>

Readmission Rates Stubborn, Even Among Best Hospitals

Hospitals are doing a better job implementing best practices to reduce 30-day readmission rates for cardiac patients, but even "the best-of-the-best" are still falling short in other key areas, Yale researchers find. >>>

Malpractice Insurance Strategies Evolve as Docs Get Hired

Many hospitals and health systems are paying for prior acts malpractice insurance as a way of attracting physicians, but how are they absorbing that expense once they've committed to it? >>>



News Headlines

Patient dies after hospital's monitoring alarms shut off

USA Today / The Des Moines Register, November 7, 2013

Sheriff cites confusion, glitches in search for missing hospital patient

Los Angeles Times, November 7, 2013

Sutter Health settles suit over anesthesia billing

Los Angeles Times, November 6, 2013

Court upholds $14.2 million judgment against UPMC

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 6, 2013

Health center closure raises concerns in St. Louis

News & Observer / Associated Press, November 6, 2013

J&J will pay more than $2.2 billion to settle US cases

Bloomberg, November 5, 2013

Mobile health tech could reduce doctor visits

InformationWeek, November 5, 2013

Addicted nurses keep licenses

Star Tribune, November 5, 2013

Manhattan hospital confirms employee tested positive for tuberculosis

CBS New York, November 1, 2013

Midwives and nurses are as good as docs -- and sometimes better, WHO finds

NBC News, November 1, 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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Readmissions: The Big Picture



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