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5 Critical Care Practices Come Under Scrutiny

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, editor for HealthLeaders Media

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses has released a list of five common critical care practices that it says clinicians should reconsider. The practices persist only "because we're covering our butts," insists one nursing leader. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

New Nurses Report Tougher Job Market

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. >>>

Dirty Scrubs and Other Disease-Spreading Attire

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. >>>

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. >>>

Medical Errors Draw $770,000 in Fines in CA

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. >>>

Hospitals Look at Retail Pharmacies With Renewed Interest

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 Wait Times Vary Sharply Among Major US Markets

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). >>>

Don't Overlook Coding Opportunities For Routine Services

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. >>>



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News Headlines

MRSA super bug tamed at Louisville VA hospital; others urged to follow example

The Courier-Journal, February 4, 2014

CT hospital labor dispute ends with agreement

CBS Connecticut, February 4, 2014

Maryland may be the model for curbing hospital costs

USA Today, February 3, 2014

Tulsa healthcare sector provides massive economic impact

Tulsa World, February 3, 2014

Beth Israel Deaconess-Milton nabs hospital patients from rivals

Boston Business Journal, February 3, 2014

US says results encouraging for healthcare delivery reforms

The Baltimore Sun / Reuters, January 31, 2014

Study: Little evidence of better care at expensive hospitals

Kaiser Health News, January 30, 2014

Hospitals cut blood transfusions to improve patient recovery, bottom line

Orlando Sentinel, January 30, 2014

Hidden financial ties rattle top health quality group

ProPublica, January 29, 2014

What patients will share to improve care

InformationWeek, January 29, 2014



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Webcast: Hospitals Developing Health Plans: Key Steps to Becoming a Provider-Payer

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From HealthLeaders Magazine

20 People Who Make Healthcare Better—2013

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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