The economic recession may be to blame for a downturn in demand for newly licensed registered nurses, suggests a survey from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The lead author speculates, however, that demand will grow stronger as healthcare reform is implemented. >>>
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. >>>
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. >>>
California has issued its latest round of administrative penalties to 13 hospitals where patients have been subject to serious injury or death as a result of regulatory noncompliance. >>>
It's more than convenience: An integrated retail pharmacy provides hospitals with opportunities to boost patient satisfaction and lower readmission rates while producing modest revenue. >>>
Physician appointment wait times tracked in a Merritt Hawkins survey varied from one day to more than eight months. The average wait in all metro areas and specialties is 19 days. Boston has the longest waits (45 days); Dallas had the shortest (10). >>>
Revenue typically is lost because providers do not have controls in place to ensure complete billing for every patient encounter. Charging fully for all services can significantly increase a practice's revenue. >>>
Date: February 27, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET
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CBS Connecticut, February 4, 2014
USA Today, February 3, 2014
Tulsa World, February 3, 2014
Boston Business Journal, February 3, 2014
The Baltimore Sun / Reuters, January 31, 2014
Kaiser Health News, January 30, 2014
Orlando Sentinel, January 30, 2014
ProPublica, January 29, 2014
InformationWeek, January 29, 2014
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