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Molly Rowe, Senior Editor-Leadership

Press Ganey released one of its annual Hospital Check-Up Reports last week, this one on nurse and employee satisfaction. According to the report, the happiest nurses are those who've been at an organization for less than two years. This isn't surprising. Haven't we all experienced the employment honeymoon--that span of time early in a job after you've learned enough to contribute and operate the coffee machine but before you know the secrets of operational inefficiencies, hostility disguised as friendship, and mismanaged meetings? In healthcare, employees have it worse. [Read More]
  Nov. 2, 2007

Editor's Picks
Massachusetts docs say they need protection to apologize
These days everybody's talking about full disclosure and the value of "I'm sorry," but doctors in Massachusetts say it's not as simple as a little apology. The Massachusetts Medical Society is lobbying legislators for a bill that would make apologies inadmissible in medical malpractice cases. Four states--Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, and Washington--have already adopted laws that allow doctors to apologize without a fear of being sued. [Read More]
The office: Do not disturb
I'm a big fan of Leigh Buchanan's monthly column in Inc. magazine. This month's column debates the pros and cons of the much-touted "open door policy." We all know how good (or bad) these work, especially if you work with someone who loves to stop by and chat at length about nothing. Leigh's column provides some tips on leaving the door open while still getting some actual work done. [Read More]
As Democrats criticize, healthcare industry donates
The healthcare industry is known for buying presidential candidates' love through campaign donations, and in an election cycle where healthcare leads the debate, the industry is paying up. In a change from past years, the healthcare industry has donated significantly more to the campaign efforts of Democratic candidates, especially Hillary Clinton, than Republicans. According to this article, Democrats have collected more than Republicans from nearly every sector of the industry-pharmaceuticals, health plans, doctors, hospitals, and nursing homes. People in healthcare say this change doesn't necessarily reflect agreement with the candidates' healthcare stances but it does reflect a growing belief that Democrats will win the White House next year. [Read More]
Advocates: Government needs to push harder for e-health
Advocacy groups are calling on the government to help healthcare providers adopt electronic health records to exponentially improve patient care. The groups, like the Healthcare IT Now Coalition, argue that nearly 3.5 percent of all U.S. hospital stays have a drug error associated with them, leading to roughly 30,000 deaths each year. These errors, advocates say, could be prevented with the help of EHRs. In a society where more Americans have IPods than health insurance, what does the delay in adopting these technologies mean for the future of healthcare? [Read More]
This Week's Headlines
Congress passes kids health bill again
AP/Yahoo News - November 2, 2007

Making the most of doctor visits
Wall Street Journal (subscription required) - October 31, 2007
Want to stop superbugs? Clean up hospitals, study says
Reuters/Yahoo News - October 31, 2007
Illinois hospital to screen for staph germ
AP/Yahoo News - October 30, 2007
Many older doctors plan to phase out their practice
AP/Yahoo News - October 30, 2007

From HealthLeaders Magazine
The Great Disclosure Debate

HealthLeaders October 2007 With everyone from competitors to patients urging a shift to full transparency, many executives are facing a decision: Should we post our quality data? [Read More]
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