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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

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Reform Means Leaner Hospitals

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, April 28, 2009

Attendees at the 40th annual membership meeting of the American Hospital Association in Washington were assured Monday that healthcare reform is on track on Capitol Hill. But the message underlying that prediction is somewhat bittersweet.

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Hospital Job Growth Flat-Lines in 2009

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 27, 2009

New preliminary Bureau of Labor Statistics figures show that the hospital sector created slightly less than 6,200 jobs nationwide. In the first three months of 2008, the hospital sector created 32,500 new jobs. At this pace, fewer than 25,000 new jobs will be created in 2009, according to BLS data.

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Swine Flu: Hospitals Should Get Proactive

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, April 27, 2009

With 40 swine flu cases in the U.S. already diagnosed, a number that promises to go much higher, an executive for one hospital system in San Diego County that treated some of the first cases has a few pointers for his peers.

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Concerns Raised Over Health System Offering DNA Tests

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, April 27, 2009

Palomar Pomerado Health in Southern California is offering gene testing kits from 23andMe. A health system official says offering the tests can educate the public about the coming era of personal genomics, but two federal genomics experts say health systems should not provide personal DNA tests now because there is too much scientific uncertainty about what results really mean.

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Treat Life Safety PFIs as Contracts with Joint Commission

By: Scott Wallask, for HealthLeaders Media, April 27, 2009

There's a Joint Commission contract of sorts regarding fire safety that you might not be familiar with—though if there's ever an infringement of this contract, you'll quickly become aware of it in terms of potential conditional accreditation status.

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Evidence-Based Hospital Design Improves Patient Safety

By: Tami Swartz, April 28, 2009

Dublin (OH) Methodist Hospital has not had a hospital-acquired infection since January 8, 2008, when it opened. Chief Nursing Officer Lamont Yoder, RN, attributes the hospital's infection control success not just to its staff members' compliance, but to the physical environment in which they work every day.

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A Bottom-Line Look at the Latest Consumer Health Survey

By: Michelle Ponte, for HealthLeaders Media, April 27, 2009

Once again research confirms what we have been hearing anecdotally: Consumers are not accessing care at the levels they were a few years ago.

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Layoffs Can Provide Short-Term Relief, Long-Term Misery

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 27, 2009

A new American Hospital Association survey reaffirms a lot of what we already knew: Hospitals are in rough shape.

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