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IOM Elects 65 Members

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 13, 2010

Members of The Institute of Medicine are elected through a process that recognizes people who have advanced the medical sciences, healthcare, and public health. At least one-quarter of its members must come from outside the health professions, from such fields as law, engineering, and the humanities and the natural, social, and behavioral sciences.

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OIG: Organ Donor Network Inappropriately Used Funds

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 13, 2010

Federal inspectors identified $167,064 in "unallowable and unsupported costs" at the California Transplant Donor Network, including nearly $100,000 that was not adequate documented, and $19,000 that was spent on a CEO's retirement party.

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Depression May Contribute to Hospital Readmission Risk

By: Roxanna Guilford-Blake for HealthLeaders Media, October 13, 2010

Nutritional status and depression may have an impact on both disease progression and physiological adaptation to disease and physicians should consider them like other conventional risk factors in planning discharge and follow-up, study author says.

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ED Triage: Cut Wait Times, Boost Revenue and Outcomes

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, October 13, 2010

Exorbitant delays don't make sense for the patient or the hospital, and there are ways, some simple and some more challenging, to turn things around.

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Measuring the Effectiveness of Nursing Education

By: HCPro's Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition ProgramŽ, October 12, 2010

The value of nursing education is often measured quantitatively, but rarely is it measured qualitatively. It's not the number of people in the classroom that should be measured, but the results, says Gen Guanci, MEd, RN-BC, CCRN. Since changing how her nursing education department is evaluated, Guanci has seen positions added and decreased number of medical errors.

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Lead Transformation: Accelerate Value, Quality, and Coordination

By: October 7, 2010

Join us October 21, live or virtually, for this complimentary, exclusive half-day leadership event that will bring leaders from top healthcare organizations to explore real paths to take today toward accountable care structures and define what medical home and patient-centered care mean for your healthcare organization. Recognized leaders and peer experts will be featured from: Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Columbus Regional Hospital, Baptist Health System, Chenango Memorial Hospital, Network Health, Crystal Run Healthcare, Moffitt Cancer Center, Novant Health, and GE Healthcare, Americas. This event takes place October 21, 8:30 am—12:30 pm (CST) at The Fairmont in Dallas, Texas. To register call 800/753-0131 or click here.

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Costly eICUs Get Results

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, October 12, 2010

Evidence suggests that despite their high costs—easily running to seven figures a year—remote intensive care unit monitoring systems could, in fact, be an antidote for the high cost of providing care in intensive care units and other healthcare settings.

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IOM Report Offers Glimpse of Nursing's Future

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, October 12, 2010

An Institute of Medicine report emphasizes the importance of nurse education in healthcare reform and suggests a timeline. The report calls for 80% of RNs to have BSNs by 2020 and for the number of nurses with doctorate degrees to have doubled in the same timeframe. Here is what's in store for bridging the gap between education and practice.

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