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Size Matters in Antibiotic Overuse

Cheryl Clark

Smaller hospitals appear to be more often guilty of giving patients antibiotics they don?t need. Help may be on the way from the CDC. >>>

 

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CDC Warns of Antibiotic Overuse in Hospitals

Hospital physicians who overprescribe antibiotics are putting patients "at unnecessary risk of future drug-resistant infections, allergic reactions, and intestinal infections that can be deadly," a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official says. >>>

Steep Drop Seen in Medically Unnecessary C-Sections

A greater willingness by hospitals to not schedule early elective deliveries without documented medical necessity is a major reason for the drop cited in The Leapfrog Group's latest survey findings. >>>

AHRQ: Surgical Admissions Bring 48% of Hospital Revenue

Although 29% of all U.S. hospitalizations in 2011 included a surgical procedure, hospitalizations that involved surgery accounted for nearly half of all hospital costs, says a report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. >>>

Hospitals Adapting Amid Continued Drug Shortages

While new drug shortages impacting patient care have lessened, the supply chain remains vulnerable to drug shortage 'spikes', says an executive from the group purchasing organization, Premier. >>>

Two-Midnight Rule Must be Fixed or Replaced, Say Providers

CMS has issued a clarification on its rule governing how Medicare classifies and pays for short hospital stays, but healthcare providers are still crying foul over the new standard. >>>

Care Coordination Tough to Define, Measure

In the first part of an in-depth discussion with two nurse leaders, the emphasis is on the importance of clearly defining and measuring a major area for cost-cutting in hospitals—care coordination. >>>

Medication Adherence Campaign Features Superhero

A health plan's community engagement campaign to educate patients to take their medications as directed ties into a strong popular theme to influence patients' prescription adherence rates. >>>

Don't Underestimate Emotional Intelligence

For physicians, emotional intelligence is not about seeming happier around patients. It's about recognizing the best way to give a patient information, which can raise patient engagement levels and affect outcomes. >>>



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News Headlines

Gadgets like Fitbit are remaking how doctors treat patients

Wired / Kaiser Health News, March 6, 2014

Norovirus outbreak at rehab hospital sickens 25

The Boston Globe, March 6, 2014

Medical tort reform would cap 'pain and suffering' damages at $350,000

The Columbia Missourian, March 6, 2014

Repurposing closed hospitals as for-profit medical malls

The New York Times, March 5, 2014

2 lawsuits allege unnecessary heart procedures at King's Daughters Medical Center (KY)

Kentucky.com, March 5, 2014

Insurers, Medicaid fear multibillion-dollar hepatitis C drug tab

The Baltimore Sun / Reuters, March 5, 2014

Medical imaging launches campaign against cuts

The Hill, March 4, 2014

Doctors are key source of narcotics for riskiest users, study says

Los Angeles Times, March 4, 2014

What brings Americans to the ER?

The Atlantic, March 4, 2014

Administration faces opposition to changes in Medicare prescription drug program

Kaiser Health News / USA Today, March 3, 2014



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