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Fall Prevention Study Focuses on Wearable Sensors

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, editor for HealthLeaders Media

Researchers hope to learn whether small sensors attached to patients can help identify those at risk for falls. >>>


Editor's Picks

With Saline in Short Supply, Hospitals Look for Alternatives

A widespread shortage of saline solution is forcing hospital pharmacists and healthcare clinicians to stretch existing supplies, find workarounds, and formulate substitutes. >>>

'Stunning' Number of Sepsis Cases Among Patients Who Die in Hospitals

Researchers find that as many as one in every two patients who die while hospitalized have sepsis. Many, the report says, come to the hospital with mild or early-stage cases, which go under-recognized. >>>

Medicare Pays Billions for Wasteful Care

Developing a measure to define overuse was difficult, but researchers found a way to quantify 26 types of unnecessary medical procedures administered to Medicare beneficiaries and tallied the cost. >>>

Feds Bust 90 Linked to Medicare Fraud Schemes Totaling $260M

As the result of a multi-city operation, the Medicare Fraud Strike Force has brought charges against scores of people, including doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals allegedly involved in false billing schemes. >>>

Throughput and Satisfaction in the ED

While many functions of the emergency department must be reactive in nature, with proper preparation, an effective response can ensure optimal outcomes. >>>

QIOs Prep for Big Changes

By revamping its Quality Improvement Organization program, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will put an end to a fundamental flaw in the old structure, which exposed contractors to accusations of conflict of interest. >>>

Transitions of Care Go Digital

Healthcare leaders are finding value in Direct messaging, but transferring information remains a challenge. >>>

Intelligence Report

Intelligence Report: The ED Fix—Triage, Coordination, and Navigation

Based on a recent survey, 54% of healthcare leaders are reducing avoidable ED visits via primary care coordination. This report uncovers emerging best practices in care team composition and patient flow to improve ED throughput and patient satisfaction. Free Download >>>

News Headlines

Group demands probe into possible NIH conflict of interest

The Hill, May 20, 2014

TX nurse practitioners look to ease supervision rules

Kaiser Health News / The Texas Tribune, May 20, 2014

When doctors treat patients like themselves

The New York Times, May 20, 2014

Medicine's top earners are not the MDs

The New York Times, May 19, 2014

VA official quits amid furor over delayed care at hospitals

The Seattle Times / Associated Press, May 19, 2014

As rural hospitals fail, GA considers downsizing

ABC News / Associated Press, May 19, 2014

Mother accuses doctors of forcing a C-section and files suit

The New York Times, May 19, 2014

US mines personal health data to find the vulnerable in emergencies

The New York Times, May 16, 2014

Diabetes afflicts 1 in 3 hospitalized patients over 34 in CA

Kaiser Health News, May 16, 2014

Two FL hospital employees have flu-like symptoms after contact with MERS case

The Washington Post, May 14, 2014

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Webcast: Marketing-Physician Alignment—Balancing Priorities for Volume & Value

Date: May 22, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET As the industry shifts from volume to value, healthcare marketing's function expands from patient acquisition to strategic support and population health management. Join marketing leaders as they outline proven strategies for fostering growth and engagement to achieve both volume and value targets. Register Today >>>

From HealthLeaders Magazine

Presidents, CEOs, and the New Leadership Model

Some hospital CEOs, used to captaining their own ship, are finding that healthcare reform means there are fewer opportunities to run things as they see fit. Maybe that's a good thing. >>>


Transitions of Care Go Digital


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