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Nurses' Unlikely Infection Control Tool Quashes HAI

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, editor for HealthLeaders Media

Nursing leaders at a Florida hospital finally found an infection control method that helped arrest a stubborn problem with hospital-acquired infections. It took them 20 years. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

How Making Hospital Quality Data Public Affects Providers

Healthcare leaders are finding that posting quality scores and outcomes, both good and bad, can be beneficial for staff as well as patients. >>>

Hospitals Brace for Next HAC Penalty

Hospitals have known since early 2010 about coming penalties for those with the highest rates of hospital-acquired conditions and they've been trying like crazy to get their error rates under control. >>>

Tornado Lashes Hospital, CEO Puts Focus on Recovery

The interim CEO of a small Mississippi hospital survived a devastating tornado, but his hospital did not. Though he mourns the loss of life and property, his outlook is strategic: "Let's make the best of it and come out of it better." >>>

How Obamacare May Boost ED Profits

With more people able to purchase health insurance under the healthcare reform law, a Health Affairs study projects that hospital emergency departments could generate an additional 4.4% in profits in the coming years. >>>

Telemedicine Still Facing Barriers in Many States

Outdated laws and other obstacles have prevented providers from being able to use telemedicine to reach patients to its full potential, but with healthcare reform in full swing, those barriers are slowly disappearing. >>>

Salvaged Blood Safer, Cheaper than Transfusions, Study Says

The use of cell savers to re-circulate blood into surgical patients can deliver higher quality red cells, eliminate transfusion risks, and cost hospitals less than donated units from a blood bank, research finds. >>>

Health Plans Join Prescription Painkiller Abuse Battle

For the past decade, healthcare providers have been in the vanguard of efforts to combat the abuse and diversion of opioid pain medications such as Oxycontin. Now state and federal officials and health plans are joining the fray. >>>



LIVE Webcast

Webcast: Optimizing the ACO—Solutions for Workflow and Risk Management

Date: May 29, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET Senior leaders from Virtua and Coker Group highlight ACO success stories and reveal proven strategies to improve performance and quality through a variety of technology solutions. Register Today >>>



News Headlines

Overused medical services cost Medicare billions of dollars

NPR / Kaiser Health News, May 13, 2014

With report of nurse understaffing dangers, group pushes to revive hospital staffing bill

Washington Business Journal, May 13, 2014

With report of nurse understaffing dangers, group pushes to revive hospital staffing bill

Washington Business Journal, May 13, 2014

Emergency room reopens at Kinder (LA) hospital

The Miami Herald / Associated Press, May 12, 2014

The hospitals most likely to give patients a C-section, ranked

Time, May 9, 2014

CDC warns of common parasites plaguing millions in US

CBS News, May 9, 2014

Hospitals are cutting down on their deadly mistakes, HHS says

The Washington Post, May 8, 2014

Hospitals boost patient safety, but more work is needed

Kaiser Health News, May 8, 2014

Cancer doctors join insurers in US drug-cost revolt

Bloomberg, May 8, 2014

Opinion: The day I started lying to Ruth—A cancer doctor on losing his wife

New York Magazine, May 7, 2014



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Webcast: A Comprehensive Readmissions Solution—Getting Process and Data Right

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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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