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Health Courts Would Curb 'Staggering Waste,' Attorney Says

Joe Cantlupe

A Washington attorney argues for the creation of administrative health courts as "the only way you get rid of defensive medicine." Written rulings by judges would curb the cost of malpractice litigation, he says. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

1 in 3 Healthcare Workers Skip Flu Shots

Despite efforts by the Centers for Disease Control and individual health systems and hospitals that employ them, a third of all healthcare workers avoid getting vaccinated against seasonal influenza. >>>

Medical Harm Complaint System Could be Quality Data Goldmine

A pilot project proposed by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality may unleash a torrent of patient gripes, but may yield valuable data from which providers can learn about medical errors and patient safety. >>>

Readmissions Trigger ID'd by Geriatric Experts

Researchers say hospitalization-associated disability, a deterioration of functional abilities in some patients, occurs "even when the illness that necessitated the hospitalization is successfully treated." >>>

Mandatory Use of CPOE Prevents Blood Clots

Researchers find that the compulsory use of a computerized physician order entry system resulted in a 36% relative risk reduction in venous thromboembolism events and an 83% relative risk reduction in preventable harm in trauma patients. >>>

Pharmacy Aligns With Hospitals to Reduce Readmissions

Health systems under pressure to lower readmission rates are getting help from Walgreens, which is using its pharmacists to coordinate patient care during admission and discharge. >>>

Dive into Bundled Payments or Wait?

Bundled payments may be the reimbursement model of the future, but many healthcare CFOs are waiting on the sidelines. A bundled payment trial by 21st Century Oncology and Humana for radiation therapy could show the way. >>>



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News Headlines

Interoperability initiative poised to transform healthcare

InformationWeek, October 18, 2012

Get patient data out of silos

InformationWeek, October 18, 2012

Houston hit hard in latest Medicare fraud bust

Kaiser Health News / KUHF, October 18, 2012

CA probes CVS refill allegations

Los Angeles Times, October 18, 2012

How compounding pharmacies rallied patients to fight regulation

Reuters, October 17, 2012

Bill aims to block HMO cuts in NJ Medicaid reimbursements

NJ Spotlight, October 17, 2012

Peeling away healthcare's sticker shock

Wired, October 17, 2012

Opinion: A possibly fatal mistake

The New York Times, October 17, 2012

Why patients leave hospitals with a bad taste in their mouth

Pacific Standard, October 17, 2012

Safety-net hospitals brace for cut to federal subsidies

Kaiser Health News / Minnesota Public Radio, October 16, 2012



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