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Drug Diversion Problem is Bigger Than You Think

Cheryl Clark

Hospitals and other healthcare organizations need to do a lot more than what they're currently doing to guard against drug diverters and catch them before they harm patients and themselves. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Cancer Hospitals Study Yields 'Confusing' Findings

Researchers investigating outcomes at accredited and non-accredited cancer hospitals arrive at "murky" conclusions, which may indicate problems with the way the quality of care is measured. >>>

Strategies for ED Psych Patients

New models of collaboration (even among competitors) are producing shorter boarding times and fewer instances of aggressive behavior in the emergency department. >>>

The Hospital of the Future is Not a Hospital

Pursuing expensive inpatient volume in the traditional sense is a strategic dead end. Any new construction undertaken by hospitals and health systems should be based on adaptability, patient flow, and efficiency gains—not bed count. >>>

VA Hospital Fiasco a Harbinger on Nation's Physician Shortage

The big problem at the VA is that it's competing for doctors with every hospital in the country, physician practices, insurance companies, urgent care centers, retail clinics, and community health centers. >>>

Medicare Overpaid Physicians $6.7B For Miscoded Claims

An examination of medical claims records by federal officials finds that more than half of doctors' claims for patient evaluations and related services had incorrect codes or lacked the necessary documentation. >>>

Datapalooza: CMS Unveils More Hospital Pay Data

Data made public by CMS includes information comparing the average hospital charges in 2012 for the 100 most common Medicare inpatient stays at more than 3,000 hospitals. >>>

Partnering for Better Population Health Management

Hospital and health system leaders know the reimbursement transformation is coming—even if it hasn't reached them yet—and they are beginning to form alliances with regional providers to find strength in numbers. >>>

How a Community Hospital Tackles Diabetes

A community hospital on the edge of Appalachia is becoming a leader in diabetes management and prevention. It's found a way to shorten patients' length of stay, boost prevention efforts, and help train endocrinology specialists. >>>



News Headlines

Survey: MA hospital nurses overburdened

The Lowell Sun, June 5, 2014

FL Supreme Court considers retroactive medical malpractice cap

SaintPetersBlog.com, June 5, 2014

Single dose of antibiotic found effective in quelling MRSA

The New York Times, June 5, 2014

Doctors hesitate to ask heart patients about end-of-life plans

NPR, June 5, 2014

Drug diversion in hospitals exposes patients to infection

CBS News, June 4, 2014

Hospitals look to urgent care ventures to boost presence, referrals

The Times-Picayune, June 4, 2014

Fewer infections overall at MA hospitals but problems remain

WBUR, June 4, 2014

Medicare could save billions by scrapping random drug plan assignment

Kaiser Health News, June 3, 2014

Ban lifted on Medicare coverage for sex change surgery

The Washington Post, June 3, 2014

PA man accused in theft of human skin from hospital

Business Insider / Reuters, June 2, 2014



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Presidents, CEOs, and the New Leadership Model

Some hospital CEOs, used to captaining their own ship, are finding that healthcare reform means there are fewer opportunities to run things as they see fit. Maybe that's a good thing. >>>

 

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