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Dirty Scrubs and Other Disease-Spreading Attire

Cheryl Clark

The long-sleeved monogrammed lab coat, steeped in medical tradition and infectious bacteria, will become a relic if guidelines on clinician attire from the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America are taken seriously by hospitals and health systems. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

ICU Infection Prevention Practices Lax

Better adherence and development of infection control protocols in intensive care units would significantly reduce hospital-acquired infections, which result in $33 billion in additional costs to the healthcare system each year, researchers say. >>>

ED Physician Executive Slams EHRs

Electronic health records "are not effective communications tools—not effective at all," says a self-avowed technology optimist who holds a dim view of current EHR capabilities, but has hopes for better systems to come. >>>

Little Threat to Specialists' Revenue in Choosing Wisely Recommendations

Treatment guidance from medical specialty groups varies widely in terms of its potential financial impact on providers, acknowledges the head of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, which backs the Choosing Wisely initiative to promote evidence-based care. >>>

Multiple Jobs Add to Nurse Fatigue

Nurses seeking higher incomes are working multiple jobs, which leads to fatigue and puts patient safety at risk. Should state nursing boards step in? >>>

New Physician Pay Models Must Reward Quality, Outcomes

Until recently most physician compensation models focused on straight salary guarantees or pure productivity-based models. Those trends are falling by the wayside. >>>

Frozen Out of HIX, NH Hospitals Feel Burned

New Hampshire hospital leaders are crying foul over being squeezed out of the single health insurance exchange plan available in the state. Anthem says offering a 'select network of providers' will offset premium increases. >>>

Pledges Reduce Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescribing Rates

In a study, antibiotic prescription rates for antibiotic-inappropriate diagnoses dropped after clinicians posted photos of themselves alongside signed pledges to "avoid prescribing antibiotics when they are likely to do more harm than good." >>>



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Webcast: Physician-Led Population Health Programs—New Skills for Success

Date: February 24, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET Join clinical improvement experts as they define new expectations for population health management and outline the leadership skills necessary for physicians to direct a successful program. Register Today >>>



News Headlines

Study: Little evidence of better care at expensive hospitals

Kaiser Health News, January 30, 2014

To schedule a doc visit, get in line

Kaiser Health News, January 30, 2014

Hospitals cut blood transfusions to improve patient recovery, bottom line

Orlando Sentinel, January 30, 2014

7 doctors get probation, must pay $2.6 million for importing illegal cancer drugs

The Plain Dealer, January 30, 2014

Hidden financial ties rattle top health quality group

ProPublica, January 29, 2014

KY hospital settles fraud case for $16.5 million

WKYT / Associated Press, January 29, 2014

What patients will share to improve care

InformationWeek, January 29, 2014

Hospitals struggle with intravenous saline shortage

Great Falls Tribune / USA Today, January 28, 2014

Intravenous nurses make points

Boston Herald, January 28, 2014

SF General Hospital adopts changes after missing patient's death

CBS SF Bay Area, January 27, 2014



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They are nurses and physicians. They are researchers and executives. They are providers and payers. They are watchdogs and innovators. And they are patients. They are this year's HealthLeaders 20 honorees, selected for their efforts to make a difference in healthcare. Their stories are sometimes tinged with struggles or challenges, but always, ultimately, with success. >>>

 

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