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Patient Safety Advances Lagging

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, editor for HealthLeaders Media

A decade after the release of an IOM report warning of serious threats to patient safety associated with nurses' work environments, things haven't changed as much as might have been expected. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Sudden Hospital Closure Stuns MA Community; More Coming

The events leading up to the abrupt closure of a regional hospital in a remote corner of Massachusetts are complicated. But many community hospitals across the country are equally vulnerable, and more will close. >>>

Get Ready for Medicare's 5-Star Hospital Ratings

CMS intends to implement a five-star rating system on all of its web sites that display comparative quality information for providers. Stars are nice, but precision, in the form of detailed quality data, must remain public for quality to improve. >>>

Obama Quietly Signs SGR Patch Bill

The new law delays both the implementation of the ICD-10 code set and the so-called two-midnight rule, which affects hospital reimbursements. The law also includes critical funding extensions for rural hospitals. >>>

Patient Volumes, Patterns Shifting

Reduced inpatient admissions and readmissions are having a corresponding effect on hospital and health system revenues, with question marks over reimbursements. Hospitals are bracing for impact. >>>

A Better Strategy for Dealing with Bad Physicians

While HR handles most personnel issues in hospitals, the use of professionalism committees is on the rise. Staffed by physicians, they confront peers who are exhibiting disruptive behavior and they provide counseling. >>>

MSPB Adds Nuance to Readmission Rates

A new measure of healthcare efficiency, Medicare spending per beneficiary, is another pain point for healthcare leaders, but it aims to incentivize higher-quality, less-costly care. >>>

Slideshow: Healthcare Leaders on Executive Compensation

Compensation formulas for physician leaders are being recalculated to reward clinical performance over volume metrics. Four healthcare leaders discuss compensation strategy changes their organizations have made to attract, engage, and retain top talent. >>>



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News Headlines

Nurses from North Adams Regional Hospital picket bankruptcy court

Masslive.com, April 8, 2014

When employees steal patient records

InformationWeek, April 8, 2014

Sidestepping the biopsy with new tools to spot cancer

The New York Times, April 8, 2014

Jury awards nearly $3 million in MO malpractice case

SFGate.com / Associated Press, April 8, 2014

Syracuse surgeon slapped sedated patients, called them insulting names, feds say

Syracuse.com, April 8, 2014

Why walk-in healthcare is a fast-growing profit center for retail chains

The Washington Post, April 7, 2014

The hospital-dependent patient

The New York Times, April 4, 2014

Top Boston hospital begins to tackle readmissions problem

Kaiser Health News, April 3, 2014

Health department raises alarm about RI hospital infection controls after measles incident

Middletown Patch, April 3, 2014

Suit alleging L.A. hospital froze woman alive can proceed, court says

Los Angeles Times, April 3, 2014



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