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ANA Backs Federal Nurse Staffing Bill

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, editor for HealthLeaders Media

A Senate bill calls for unit-by-unit staffing plans and publicly reporting those staffing plans, but stops short of dictating mandated nurse-patient ratios. >>>


Editor's Picks

After a Medical Error, Patients Could Become Hospital Insiders

Patients who have been harmed by medical errors, and their family members, could be recruited to hospital internal quality review proceedings and their suffering could be used to prevent future mistakes. It's a good idea with potentially disastrous side effects. >>>

Observation, Two-Midnight Rules Hit in Hearing

Hospital leaders testifying before the House Ways and Means Committee derided Medicare's two-midnight and observation rules, saying that not only are the policies not working, they've also added huge costs and quality issues for providers and patients. >>>

Tenet Doubles Down on Urgent Care Facilities

As consumers take on more of the responsibility of paying for healthcare, the popularity of walk-in retail health clinics is surging. Tenet says it's set to double the number of its retail health clinics this year. >>>

Hospital-Run Retail Clinics Forging Alliances with Supermarkets

As CVS and Walgreens continue to add to their hospital rosters, supermarket chains are beginning to test the retail clinic waters, offering healthcare organizations the opportunity to reach potential patients in a different setting. >>>

Payer Backlash May Slow Unnecessary Spinal Fusion Surgeries

A surge in spinal fusion procedures has brought mounting scrutiny on providers. Now payers appear poised to crack down on needless procedures by applying coverage pressure on physicians. >>>

As Dementia Spreads, So Does Geriatrician Shortage

Much attention has been paid to the disproportionate balance of the supply and demand of PCPs. Fewer PCPs also means fewer geriatricians, for which there is already acute demand. >>>

Slideshow: Monitoring Quality Along the Care Continuum

With care shifting from the hospital environment to outpatient and ambulatory settings, healthcare organizations are tasked with the challenge of monitoring quality along the care continuum. Four healthcare leaders discuss how their organizations are addressing this clinical quality improvement issue. >>>

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News Headlines

Private hospitals could take some pressure off VA

ABC News / Associated Press, May 27, 2014

Opinion: How technology can transform our healthcare labyrinth

Forbes, May 27, 2014

Some med school grads fail to get residency

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 27, 2014

ACA, spending cuts slow healthcare hiring

The Sacramento Bee / McClatchy, May 23, 2014

Obamacare expected to be boon to urgent care facilities

The Star-Ledger, May 23, 2014

Single sign-on transforms healthcare at MI hospital

InformationWeek, May 23, 2014

How many patients should doctors see each day?

The Washington Post, May 23, 2014

Union in Johns Hopkins case wants hospitals to disclose employees on public assistance

The Baltimore Sun, May 23, 2014

Medicare may be overpaying hospitals for patients who don't stay long

NPR / Kaiser Health News, May 22, 2014

Only 2 in 5 L.A. health clinics are ready for Obamacare patients

Los Angeles Times, May 22, 2014

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