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ICU Mobility Program Saves $500K in 6 Months

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, editor for HealthLeaders Media

A program to get mechanically ventilated and post-operative ICU patients up and moving quickly represented a huge culture change for nurses, but it reduced length of stay, eliminated pressure ulcers and ventilator-associated pneumonia. >>>


Editor's Picks

Two-Midnights Rule Spells Grim Financial Forecast for Hospitals

Hospitals will take a financial hit this year as a result of the new federal rule that cuts the Medicare payment rate for most patient stays that span less than two midnights, Moody's predicts. >>>

Adverse Events from Insulin Prescribing 'An Epidemic'

The results of a CDC study on insulin use errors suggest the need for a more individualized examination of which patients are prescribed insulin, with special attention to their life expectancy, level of frailty, and other diseases or conditions. >>>

ICD-10 and EHR Fuel Clinical Documentation Improvements

The electronic health record is at the heart of efforts to improve clinical documentation. One effort strives to get disparate EHR software programs—and the physicians using them—to encode problem lists in a common way. >>>

Use of Locum Tenens Up 22% in One Year

Ninety percent of organizations use temporary physicians and other clinical staff, a figure one temporary staffing executive calls "incredible." And the profile of locum tenens physicians has changed: Seven in ten have two decades of experience and half are mid-career professionals, survey results show. >>>

Stressed Employees Need HR Resources, Boundaries

While most human resource professionals are good listeners and genuinely want to help employees struggling with the stresses of balancing work and life, they cannot take on the role of a mental health provider. >>>

Lahey Health Reexamines the Appropriate Care Model

This nonprofit, three-hospital health system in eastern Massachusetts has prioritized directing care to the most appropriate setting, which often means admitting patients to the community hospitals closest to their homes. >>>

Slideshow: Healthcare Leaders Discuss Population Health Management

As they place a greater emphasis on advancing wellness and managing chronic diseases, healthcare organizations are looking to incorporate population health management principles into their processes. Four healthcare leaders share their successes and challenges. >>>

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Date: April 24, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET Leaders from CHS and Baird Group share marketing strategies for communicating patient experience imperatives and developing programs to reinforce them. Register Today >>>

News Headlines

FL hospital tracks nurses footsteps, work patterns

InformationWeek, March 18, 2014

Official: Dollar-driven healthcare causes harm

Newsday, March 17, 2014

WA healthcare reform enters phase 2

The Spokesman-Review, March 17, 2014

Survival post-surgery linked to hospital differences

Reuters, March 14, 2014

In the fight against germs, NJ healthcare facilities get smarter

The Star-Ledger, March 14, 2014

NY hospital warns patients of possible HIV, hepatitis exposure

Reuters, March 14, 2014

Emergency rooms are no place for the elderly

The New York Times, March 14, 2014

Opinion: Why aren't doctors drug tested?

The New York Times, March 13, 2014

NY hospital alerting 4,247 patients of possible blood contamination

Long Island Newsday, March 12, 2014

US, citing 'urgent' need, calls on hospitals to improve disaster plans

The New York Times, March 12, 2014

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Shifting Patient Patterns

Change is coming, but leaders have various outlooks for and responses to the new patient dynamics. >>>


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