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Friday, May 22, 2009

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Baucus Expects Bipartisan Support for Healthcare Reform

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, May 21, 2009

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus expects a bipartisian healthcare reform package will be ready in mid-June.

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State Offers Web Tool to Compare Surgery Prices by Hospital

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, May 21, 2009

In an effort to improve hospital pricing transparency, California now offers a Web-based tool for patients to compare the cost of 28 surgical procedures offered at 450 hospitals, among the first states in the country to do so.

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Five Tips to Stop Patient Record Snoopers

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, May 21, 2009

How does the healthcare industry quell the curiosity of staff members who are peeking into patient records? Industry leaders give these tips.

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Simulation Training Worth the High Costs

By: Emily Berry, May 22, 2009

A study recently released by Danish researchers highlighted findings well-known to Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota: Simulation training makes better practitioners. The Children's Hospitals developed a mobile pediatric simulation training unit—the first of its kind in the nation—after receiving a donation from Kohl's Department Stores in 2006. It cost about $750,000 to built and initially stock the training van, and additional funds to maintain it.

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UPenn Health System Uses eICU to Lower VAP Rates

By: Heather Comak, for HealthLeaders Media, May 21, 2009

UPenn Health System in Philadelphia utilized an electronic ICU already in place to help lower its rates of Ventilator-associated pneumonia and realized a cost savings of more than $138,000 over a two-year span. 

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Tweeting Surgeries May Lead to Improved Doctor-Family Communication

By: Marianne Aiello, May 22, 2009

"Dr. Desai is unclamping the vein and the kidney is pinking up," Children's Medical Center Dallas wrote on Twitter at 12:12 a.m. CST on Monday. Two minutes later the surgical team posted another update. "The kidney is making urine. Everyone in the OR is excited!" The medical center posted live updates on Twitter, or "tweeted", throughout a pediatric kidney transplant. It is one of the most recent healthcare organizations to tweet live during surgery—a growing trend in hospitals that started when Henry Ford Health System in Detroit tweeted a robotic partial nephrectomy on February 9.

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Balance Liability Against Threats When Debating Weapons for Security

By: Scott Wallask, for HealthLeaders Media, May 21, 2009

There is no concrete answer to whether hospitals should arm security officers, but there are at least three considerations.

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The True Cost of Resident Work-Hour Restrictions

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media, May 21, 2009

Restrictions intended to limit residents' fatigue and stress have associated labor costs of nearly $1.6 billion per year, according to a study. But are those the only costs tied to work restrictions?

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Healthcare Executives Need to Do More and Show More for a Safer Health System

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, May 21, 2009

Almost 10 years ago, the Institute of Medicine released one of its most talked-about reports ever—the pivotal "To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System." After a decade, have we progressed?

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