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Hospital Brace for Next HAC Penalty

Cheryl Clark

Hospitals have known since early 2010 about coming penalties for those with the highest rates of hospital-acquired conditions and they've been trying like crazy to get their error rates under control. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Physician: 'I Almost Killed a Patient' Because of an Advance Directive

While advance medical directives can be a benefit to patients, families, and healthcare costs, misinterpretation of these documents by clinicians is common, says a prominent emergency medicine physician, and can lead to irreversible medical errors. >>>

How Making Hospital Quality Data Public Affects Providers

Healthcare leaders are finding that posting quality scores and outcomes, both good and bad, can be beneficial for staff as well as patients. >>>

Bariatric Surgery and the Obesity Battle

Hospital and ambulatory settings are finding that weight loss surgery can reduce the risk of cancer, cardiac disease, and diabetes in morbidly obese patients. >>>

Telemedicine Still Facing Barriers in Many States

Outdated laws and other obstacles have prevented providers from being able to use telemedicine to reach patients to its full potential, but with healthcare reform in full swing, those barriers are slowly disappearing. >>>

Tornado Lashes Hospital, CEO Puts Focus on Recovery

The interim CEO of a small Mississippi hospital survived a devastating tornado, but his hospital did not. Though he mourns the loss of life and property, his outlook is strategic: "Let's make the best of it and come out of it better." >>>

Health Plans Join Prescription Painkiller Abuse Battle

For the past decade, healthcare providers have been in the vanguard of efforts to combat the abuse and diversion of opioid pain medications such as Oxycontin. Now state and federal officials and health plans are joining the fray. >>>

Public Reporting Can Boost Healthcare Quality—Locally

An ambitious project by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has been able to make the connection between public reporting and healthcare quality improvement in specific communities. >>>

Slideshow: The New Primary Care Model—A Patient-Centered Approach to Care Coordination

The contemporary primary care practice is at the crossroads of healthcare reform efforts. As the focus of reform shifts to prevention, care of chronic illness, and population health, the primary care physician will play a pivotal role. >>>



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Webcast: A Comprehensive Readmissions Solution—Getting Process and Data Right

Date: June 25, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET Join leaders from Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital and Southwest General as they reveal how adopting a hospital-wide culture of end-to-end care can reduce readmissions rates, improve patient experience, and foster physician engagement. Register Today >>>



News Headlines

Hospitals are cutting down on their deadly mistakes, HHS says

The Washington Post, May 8, 2014

Hospitals boost patient safety, but more work is needed

Kaiser Health News, May 8, 2014

Cancer doctors join insurers in US drug-cost revolt

Bloomberg, May 8, 2014

$4.8M is heftiest HIPAA penalty yet from federal regulators

GovInfoSecurity.com, May 8, 2014

Chronic disease patients' top online privacy worries

InformationWeek, May 8, 2014

Chemo costs in US driven higher by shift to hospital outpatient facilities

Kaiser Health News, May 7, 2014

Surgeries at ambulatory centers are quicker and cheaper than at hospitals

Louisville Business First, May 7, 2014

Death rate fell in MA after healthcare overhaul

The New York Times, May 6, 2014

First US MERS patient expected to be released from IN hospital

CBS News, May 6, 2014

Prescription for disaster

The New Yorker, May 6, 2014



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From HealthLeaders Magazine

Physicians at the Crossroads

Doctors are facing critical decisions that will affect their future role in healthcare delivery, especially when it comes to developing care and payment models. >>>

 

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