National Database Needed for HAI Tracking

Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, July 15, 2010
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National Database Needed for HAI Tracking
Janice Simmons, Senior Editor
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services last week expanded its popular Hospital Compare website to include outpatient data related to areas such as hospital 30-day mortality rates and 30-day readmission rates for patients with heart failure, heart attacks, and pneumonia. But one critical data point is still missing: the rate of healthcare-associated infections occurring in hospitals.[Read More]
July 15, 2010
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Failure In Central Line Infection Prevention, Survey Says
Only three in 10 hospital administrations are willing to spend what's necessary to prevent catheter related bloodstream infections, and fewer than one in five providers think their institutions have sufficient infrastructure to train staff in prevention strategies. [Read More]

Physician Patient E mail Improves Quality, Study Finds
Some doctors have been reluctant to communicate with patients via e mail, in part because of reimbursement and medical liability concerns. But a new study in Health Affairs provides a compelling case for opening up the inbox to patients: It may improve the quality of care. [Read More]

Outpatient, Readmission Data Added to Hospital Compare Site
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has expanded the amount of information available on its Hospital Compare website to include 11 new outpatient measures, along with updated information related to 30-day mortality and readmissions rates for patients related to heart failure, heart attack, and pneumonia. [Read More]

Malpractice Data Analysis Offers Window into Surgical Error
The term "malpractice" often invokes images of courtrooms and spiraling insurance rates, but malpractice data can often be used for the purpose of fostering patient safety. In the surgical world, that information is increasingly more important as the amount and types of surgeries performed climb each year. [Read More]
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