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It's Impossible to Know What $1B in Federal Quality Spending Buys

Cheryl Clark

A pair of quality initiatives say they are preventing harm and saving lives, but their data is lacking, two prominent patient safety and health policy experts point out. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Top 5 ED Procedures to Avoid

A health system's emergency medicine clinicians, using a methodology based on consensus, has developed a list of services that can be avoided to prevent patient harm and reduce hospital costs. >>>

AOL Chief's Benefits Blunder Also a HIPAA Violation

Announcing a pullback of a major employee benefit was bad. Violating the privacy of two employees was worse. >>>

Drug Shortages Exacerbated by Supply Chain Woes

Assigning responsibility for the costs linked to maintaining adequate supplies of medications is at the heart of the medication shortage issue, says one pharmaceutical economist. >>>

Diabetes Care Challenges Offer Strategic Opportunities

Diabetes is a potentially significant area for other hospital service lines, such as cardiovascular or oncology programs. So hospitals are teaming up with insurers, tapping into technology, and intensifying follow-up care for diabetic patients. >>>

HAIs 'Not Just a Nursing Problem'

Nurses cannot prevent hospital-acquired infections by themselves. What's needed is a nurse-led interdisciplinary team-based approach, says the author of a study on infection prevention. >>>

Critical Access Hospitals Crisis in GA a National Bellwether

An advocate for rural health says the rural hospital community in Georgia, rife with closings, is so financially strapped that "about 10% of our population [can be considered] Third World Nation health status." More hospital closings are "inevitable" and the trend could spread to the rest of the country, he says. >>>

MU Fraud On The Rise, OIG Warns

Vulnerabilities in electronic health records systems are creating opportunities for fraud among healthcare providers and contractors working to achieve Meaningful Use attestation, says the Office of Inspector General. >>>



Intelligence Report

Intelligence Report: Healthcare Analytics—The New Business Currency

As providers' risk exposure grows, this report delivers a clear view of leading organizations' progress toward mastering the analytics that matter most to making cost and care quality decisions with great precision. Download Today >>>



News Headlines

Guidelines to reduce C-section births urge waiting

The Washington Post / Associated Press, February 20, 2014

Uninsured trauma patients may get better hospital care

USA Today, February 20, 2014

Computer woes slam Banner hospital staffs

AZCentral.com, February 20, 2014

Online doctor reviews not commonly researched by patients

CBS News / Associated Press, February 19, 2014

Healthcare organizations under siege from cyberattacks

The Baltimore Sun, February 19, 2014

Opinion: Bigger hospitals mean higher prices, not better care

Bloomberg, February 19, 2014

A new kind of transplant bank

The New York Times, February 19, 2014

Urgent care centers in MA fill a gap

The Boston Globe, February 18, 2014

Minneapolis surgeon's unusual aortic procedure is saving lives

Star Tribune, February 18, 2014

Image databank could help diagnose children's brain diseases

The Baltimore Sun, February 17, 2014



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