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Look Beyond Nurse-Patient Ratios

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, editor for HealthLeaders Media

Nurses who advocate for patient safety often cite nurse staffing ratios as a top concern. Evidence suggests more education for nurses, not a mandated, one-size-fits-all approach to staffing, is a better way forward. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Reduce Readmissions by Activating Patients to Do 'Self-Care'

The push is on to target patients who need help with self-care, which is key to lowering hospital readmission rates. A tool to measure "patient activation" offers healthcare providers a way to look beyond the bedside to assist patients. >>>

As Hospitalist Patient Loads Rise, So Do Hospital Costs

A study stops short of identifying the optimal hospitalist-to-patient ratio, but "workload does have implications for efficiency of care," says the study's lead author. >>>

Providers Lag as Consumers Set Agenda

New players in healthcare are gaining a toehold with frustrated consumers who are "ready to abandon traditional care models for ones that echo experiences in banking, retail and entertainment," research from PwC's Health Research Institute indicates. >>>

CMS Makes Physician Claims Data Public

The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a potential treasure trove of 2012 Medicare physician claim information. The release, which makes the data public for the first time since 1979, is "a huge step to making the Medicare system more transparent," CMS says. >>>

Hire Care Coordinators Strategically

The need for care coordinators is growing, but because they must be able to work with specific patient populations, careful and strategic recruiting practices are vital. >>>

A Prostate Cancer Campaign with a Twist

A North Carolina health system creates an attention-grabbing campaign geared not toward the patient, but toward traditional healthcare decision makers—women. >>>

Asking Patients About Guns is a Loaded Question for Docs

The American College of Physicians says gun-related violence is a public health problem that doctors should address with patients. But few physicians actually do. >>>



Intelligence Report

Intelligence Report: Cardio Services—Keeping Pace With the Pulse of Population Health

As healthcare providers broaden cardiovascular programs and invest more in population health, IT integration, and outpatient facilities, many face increased margin pressure. This report reveals the key differences between stand-alone hospitals and health systems and how partners across the care continuum will play a greater role in helping to meet both patient needs and financial goals. Download Today >>>



News Headlines

How being a doctor became the most miserable profession

The Daily Beast, April 15, 2014

Medical devices for kids are often only tested on adults

Reuters, April 15, 2014

New fire safety regs for hospitals

The Hill, April 15, 2014

Opinion: How will Boomer, Gen-X, Millennial doctors respond to healthcare changes?

Forbes, April 14, 2014

Diabetics at center of healthcare battle

Kolo.com / Associated Press, April 14, 2014

Stanford Hospital doctors and staff reunite with former trauma patients

San Jose Mercury News, April 14, 2014

Healthcare workers wash hands more when patients are watching

CBS News, April 11, 2014

Opinion: A 'code death' for dying patients

New York Times, April 11, 2014

Nurses say pagers must go; hospitals drag feet

InformationWeek, April 10, 2014

Hospitals safer than homes for births

The New York Times, April 9, 2014



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Multimedia/Events

Webcast: Hospital-Hospice Collaboration to Improve Palliative Care Outcomes

Date: June 12, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET Hospitals and ACOs are building partnerships with organizations such as hospices to reduce hospital readmissions, mortality rates and treatment costs among this patient population. Join leaders from both sides of the collaboration as they share tested strategies for building effective hospice-hospital partnerships to improve clinical and financial outcomes. Register Today >>>




From HealthLeaders Magazine

Physicians at the Crossroads

Doctors are facing critical decisions that will affect their future role in healthcare delivery, especially when it comes to developing care and payment models. >>>

 

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