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Nurse Staffing Battle Rages On in Massachusetts

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, editor for HealthLeaders Media

Like it or not, the question of whether maximum nurse-patient staffing ratios should be mandated by law may go before Bay State voters in November. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Senate Passes SGR Fix, Obama Likely to Sign

The vote marks the 17th time that Congress has provided a short-term fix for the formula that sets Medicare pay rates for physicians. Included in the bill are two controversial provisions to delay implementation of the ICD-10 medical coding set and the so-called two-midnights rule. >>>

Hospital-Acquired Infections Decline, But Threat Remains

Despite progress in reducing rates of intestinal, chest, and urinary tract infections transmitted to hospitalized patients, nearly three quarters of a million patients each year end up with healthcare-associated infections, says the CDC. >>>

Oncologist Forecast Highlights Need for Team-Based Care

Advances in cancer diagnosis and treatment and longer-term survival rates point to a growing need for interdisciplinary provider teams to meet the needs of patients as the supply of oncologists is predicted to decline. >>>

Proposed Review of 340B Drug Discounts Irks Hospitals

Contending that hospitals taking advantage of mandated lower drug prices should be held accountable for the levels of charity care they provide, a group funded by the pharmaceutical industry is getting pushback from two major hospital associations. >>>

What to Do About Physician Unions

As tensions between employed physicians and their hospital bosses ratchet up, HR professionals need to draft a strategy for either blocking or accepting the likely event that doctors will organize into labor unions. >>>

Latest ICD-10 Delay Re-shuffles the Deck, Irritates Players

Another year-long delay in the deadline for implementation of the ICD-10 medical coding set spells frustration for vendors and providers. "This is bad," says CHIME president and CEO Russ Branzell. >>>

Slideshow: Cardio Services—Keeping Pace with the Pulse of Population Health

Operating margins for cardiovascular specialties remain strong, but many leaders anticipate changes and challenges to their revenue streams that could mean bottom-line pressure. >>>



LIVE Webcast

Webcast: Patient Experience & HCAHPS—Optimizing Touch Points and Training Internal Champions

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



News Headlines

Healthcare among job sectors with highest obesity rates

Time, April 1, 2014

A hospital door handle that sanitizes hands with a touch

Wired, April 1, 2014

Two Boston hospitals change surgical technique after cancer debate

ABC News, March 31, 2014

Hospitals chart ways to boost care, funding under ACA

USA Today, March 28, 2014

Making profits and differences at hospitals

The Atlantic, March 28, 2014

Hospital ratings show sharp differences in safety, chance of dying

Reuters, March 27, 2014

MO hospitals cut positions, new construction

St. Louis Post-Dispatch / Associated Press, March 27, 2014

The most and least healthy counties in America

The Atlantic, March 27, 2014

Nitroglycerin, a staple of emergency rooms, is in short supply

The New York Times, March 27, 2014

MA hospital to close on 3 days' notice; 500 jobs lost

The Boston Globe, March 26, 2014



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From HealthLeaders Magazine

Shifting Patient Patterns

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

 

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