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Making the Jump to Value
Janice Simmons, Senior Editor
One point of consistency in the healthcare reform debate has been the level of partisanship. So, when a group of more than two dozen senators representing both sides of the aisle come together on a healthcare issue and send a letter to President Obama—inarguably that's news. Just a week ago, 28 senators sent a letter to the White House asking the president to emphasize that there is a need to "realign spending in the Medicare program to focus on providing more value to beneficiaries." [Read More]
    
 
Sept. 24, 2009
 
Editor's Picks

Heart Disease Is No Longer Leading Reason for Patient Admission
Coronary heart disease patients requiring hospital care have declined so much that they are no longer the leading reason for a diseased patient's admission. Now it's ranked number three, according to a sample of 2007 discharge records collected from 1,000 hospitals in 40 states by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. [Read More]

Growth in Cross Cultural Competency Improves Patient Care
Overcoming cultural boundaries can divide or prevent a patient-doctor relationship from forming. If a language barrier exists or a mutual understanding between the parties cannot be reached, important information can be withheld or misinterpreted. A survey conducted at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY, notes that more than half of the staff members said they would benefit from additional support and training on teaching cultural disparities and overcoming cultural boundaries. [Read More]

Joint Commission Focuses on Culture, Improvements
The Joint Commission has made significant strides to improve its performance and culture in 2009, the organization recently announced. Ann Scott Blouin, PhD, RN, executive vice president of accreditation and certification operations, discusses at length major changes the healthcare accrediting body has taken in recent months to improve the way it works with hospitals, as well as its own internal processes. [Read More]

Community-Based Health Prevention Programs Promote Long-Term Savings
A new compendium of community-based prevention programs released by the Trust for America's Health and The New York Academy of Medicine is designed to help show how certain types of preventive services can yield substantial net savings "largely because the initial costs are low and the long-term benefits are large," said Jeff Levi, PhD, the Trust's executive director in New York. [Read More]
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