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Traits of the Top
Maureen Larkin, Senior Editor-Quality
There was a lot of talk at last week's National Patient Safety Foundation Congress in Nashville about strong leadership and how important leadership is to an organization's mission to deliver quality healthcare. As we all know, it's easy to talk about leadership, but one session in particular offered the results of a study that looked at top performing hospitals and what they all have in common. [Read More]
May 22, 2008
Editor's Picks

Government ads show consumers how hospitals rate
Long before HCAHPS scores were released, there was debate in the industry about the amount of interest that consumers would show in the information. While that interest has been limited so far, you can't say the government isn't trying to capture consumer attention. Earlier this week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services took out full page ads in 58 daily newspapers encouraging consumers to visit the Hospital Compare site. [Read More]

Like night and day
David Shulkin, MD, president and CEO of Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City, has been doing administrative rounds during the overnight hours at his hospital and observing the differences in care offered to those who come to the hospital at night and during the daytime hours. Shulkin shares these observations in this month's New England Journal of Medicine. [Read More]

We must do more for younger patients
Julie Morath, MS, RN, chief operating officer of the Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, calls the research being done about the quality and safety of healthcare for adults "remarkable," but she says the industry must do more to help identify the unsafe areas of medical care for children. [Read More]

Safety-net hospitals show slower improvement, study says
Hospitals that serve poor and underserved populations often perform at a lower level than hospitals that do not treat patients of these populations, says a study in the May 14 edition of The Journal of the American Medical Association. [Read More]

Doctors can help lower hospital costs
Researchers at Arizona State University found that giving doctors cash rewards to reduce hospital spending helps control costs without compromising quality or patients' access to care. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines
MRSA infections on rise outside Tennessee hospitals
Chattanooga Times Free Press - May 24, 2008

Scientists 'on brink of cure' for superbug
The Independent - May 18, 2008

Patient safety bill would publicize doctors' names
HealthDay/Washington Post - May 14, 2008

Heparin fix leads to new concerns
Baltimore Sun - May 16, 2008

Closer follow-up urged for heart implants
Wall Street Journal (subscription required) - May 15, 2008
From HealthLeaders Magazine
Shared Success
Crafting a true partnership-often with a perceived competitor-is a complex task. Here's how some hospitals are doing it. [Read More]  
Leaders Forum
In Field Supervision Can Reduce Error Rates
Sometimes, supervision is done from afar, with the supervisor removed from the employee's work environment. But statistics show that in-field supervision is not a common practice, and that even when supervision efforts take place, there is a low improvement rate. It may make you wonder if in-field supervision is worth it. But when done properly, in-field supervision can lead to marked improvement (this is a pay-per-view article). [Read More]
Audio Feature
Michael Millenson, healthcare quality consultant and author of Demanding Medical Excellence: Doctors and Accountability in the Information Age, discusses healthcare rankings and how to make sense of it all. [Listen Now]
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