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Better Bariatric Surgery Outcomes Depend on Data, Accreditation

Cheryl Clark

A surgeon's success in reducing readmissions among gastric bypass surgery patients underscores the importance of collecting data through a system of accreditation. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

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. >>>

Patient Safety Orgs Cut Ties With Denham

Patient safety advocate Charles Denham, MD, denies taking kickbacks from a product manufacturer, but the National Quality Forum and the Leapfrog Group are parting ways with him. >>>

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. >>>

3 Inexpensive Ways to Enhance Patient Experience

Fancy amenities such as gourmet meals, healing gardens, and multi-million dollar expansion projects can make patients feel good about a hospital stay, but there are cheaper ways to bolster the patient experience. >>>

5 Critical Care Practices Come Under Scrutiny

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. >>>

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). >>>

Surgeon Uses Video Games to Sharpen Laparoscopic Skills

Meet the surgeon who established the world's first video game warm up suite for surgeons. James "Butch" Rosser, MD, has found through his research that surgeons who play video games are more efficient and make fewer mistakes in minimally invasive surgery. >>>



LIVE Webcast

Webcast: Orthopedics Service Line Success—Physician Engagement, Efficiency, and Quality

Date: February 27, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET Orthopedic leaders from PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center and Stryker offer evidence-based strategies for improving orthopedic efficiency, quality, and performance while also increasing collaboration, cost savings, and market share within the service line. Register Today   >>>



News Headlines

NY doctors charged in drug scheme at clinic controlled by traffickers, authorities say

The New York Times, February 6, 2014

Why CVS isn't selling cigarettes anymore

The Atlantic, February 6, 2014

TX hospital discloses huge breach

Information Week, February 6, 2014

Patient coordination would get boost if Medicare changes how it pays docs

Kaiser Health News / St. Louis Post-Dispatch, February 5, 2014

Senator cites 'serious concerns,' demands National Quality Forum records

ProPublica, February 5, 2014

Hospitals use 'hot spotting' to zero in on super-users

The San Francisco Chronicle, February 5, 2014

How community health workers dramatically improve healthcare

The Atlantic, February 5, 2014

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

The Courier-Journal, February 4, 2014

Patients may now get lab results without a doctor's help

USA Today, February 4, 2014

New report directs blame in SF hospital patient's stairwell death

Los Angeles Times, February 4, 2014



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Date: March 27, 2014 | 12:00–3:00PM ET Find out how the leaders of Geisinger Health System drove down costs in the care continuum by leveraging the power of their ProvenHealth Navigator model, a system that combines evidence-based best practices, electronic health records, and quality and accountability metrics to standardize care processes. Register Today >>>




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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