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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

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12 Ways Health Reform May Improve Care and Save Costs

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 11, 2009

Uncle Sam is poised to spend $1.1 billion in stimulus funds to compare the effectiveness of 100 treatment categories in coming years, so providers, taxpayers, and insurance premium payers will stop wasting money on worthless care. But many experts say there's already enough evidence to start changing clinical practice to cut waste, improve outcomes, and save as much as 30% of what is being spent today.

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Prevention May Prove Costly

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, August 11, 2009

The latest messages from Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf are not ones that congressional Democrats pushing for healthcare reform are likely happy to hear. In a letter and later in his recent blog, Elmendorf said that expanded use of preventive health measures lead to higher healthcare spending.

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MRSA Cases Drop After Facilities Agree to Self Report

By: Sarah Kearns, for HealthLeaders Media, August 10, 2009

A recent study shows the number of MRSA infections found in patients located at 13 New Mexico hospitals and three state clinics was cut almost in half after the facilities agreed to self report cases.

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Engineering Tactics Can Identify Broader Inefficiencies in Your Hospital

By: Scott Wallask, for HealthLeaders Media, August 11, 2009

Though the alliance may not be obvious, hospital leaders can turn to their facilities directors and engineers for advice on how to identify inefficiencies. That was the prime lesson attendees heard during a keynote last week at the American Society for Healthcare Engineering's annual conference in Anaheim, CA.

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Medical Staffs Benefit from DNV's Educational Approach to Accreditation Surveys

By: Liz Jones, August 10, 2009

Until recently, hospitals have had few options for accreditation surveys: The Joint Commission or their respective state boards. Since the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services granted deeming status to Det Norske Veritas (DNV Healthcare) in late 2008, folks in the field have been itching to know what makes this accreditor different.

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Cash Incentives Help Improve Hospital Quality

By: Michelle Ponte, for HealthLeaders Media, August 10, 2009

Having an incentive to do better works for kids and it works in business because we humans are hardwired, for the most part, to want to do our very best.

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Abortion Suit Should Prompt Policy Reviews

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 10, 2009

Can a strong code of ethics and practical policies eliminate the tough moral dilemmas that healthcare professionals have to confront?

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