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No Shame in Blame (Sometimes)
Molly Rowe, Senior Editor-Leadership

Leaders love to use lines like, "Mistakes are never one person's fault," or "Medical errors are the result of process breakdown, not people breakdown." But how do you tell that to the millions of people who suffer medical errors each year? Try boasting about your blame-free culture to the three patients at a Rhode Island hospital who experienced wrong-site brain surgery last year, or to actor Dennis Quaid, whose newborn twins were given 1,000 times the intended dosage of a blood thinner last November. [Read More]

  Feb. 8, 2008

Editor's Picks
Bush budget plan targets Medicare, Medicaid for cuts
President Bush submitted to Congress this week his last, but certainly not least, budget plan. If adopted, his plan will cut roughly $560 billion from Medicare over the next 10 years. Not surprisingly, Democratic lawmakers expressed disagreement with Bush's plan. Rep. Pete Stark described the cuts as "declaring war" on the Democrats and the poor. [Read More]
Can PHRs really make patients healthier?
Electronic personal health records supposedly prevent errors, encourage better health, and put healthcare in the hands of the consumer, but will they actually keep patients healthier? An AHRQ study in California, Georgia, Iowa, and Virginia will compare whether patients randomly assigned PHRs actually fare better than their paper-based counterparts. [Read More]
Wal-Mart expands in-store health clinics
If you thought the closing of 23 CheckUp-branded walk-in medical clinics, operating in Wal-Mart stores, signaled the beginning of the end for convenience care, think again. Wal-Mart announced this week its intent to open 200 clinics of their own starting in April. "The Clinic at Wal-Mart" is a joint venture between Wal-Mart and local hospitals in Atlanta, Dallas, and Little Rock. The number of retail clinics nationwide is expected to almost double this year, from 800 this past November to 1,500 by yearend. [Read More]
The most emotionally draining experience I've ever had
This month's Inc. magazine makes quick mention (don't blink or you'll miss it) of Greg Wittstock's CEO blog. Wittstock, whose company sells pond and water garden equipment, wrote recently about the emotional trauma of laying off 17 workers. Employees posted back with their own stories of pain. He's not in healthcare, no, but his management woes will certainly strike close to home. I'm sure this won't be the last time we see corporate private lives become public via the CEO blog. [Read More]
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This Week's Headlines
Oakland, CA, hospital chief shocked at defeat
San Francisco Chronicle - February 7, 2008

In health debate, Clinton remains vague on penalties
New York Times - February 4, 2008
Fat people cheaper to treat, study says
AP/Yahoo News - February 5, 2008
Good night, sleep tight, turn off hospital lights
USA Today - February 4, 2008

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