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Medical Feng Shui
Maureen Larkin, Senior Editor-Quality
We've all seen the designers on the home improvement networks talking about the design and flow of a home and how it can affect a person's energy. Turns out that feng shui is a valid concept in healthcare, too. We just call it evidence-based design. [Read More]
May 29, 2008
Editor's Picks

Quality care from afar
A Japanese research team has developed a proposal for a remote healthcare system that will allow caregivers to communicate with patients through video and voice technologies, keep track of a patient's vital signs, and monitor a patient's food and medicine supply from a remote location. The researchers say this technology could help those who live in small towns and rural locations receive better quality healthcare. [Read More]

Nonprofit health systems provide higher quality care
Research published in the June issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety shows significant variation in the quality of care provided by health systems across the country. In the findings, nonprofit health systems had, on average, quality scores 7% higher than for-profit health systems, and more centralized health systems had 5% higher overall quality scores than decentralized health systems. [Read More]

AHRQ offers guide to patient safety advisory councils
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has developed a new guide for hospital leaders and others who want to learn how to get patients and families to partner with healthcare providers on community-based patient safety advisory councils. The Guide for Developing a Community-Based Patient Safety Advisory Council was developed through AHRQ's Partnerships in Implementing Patient Safety grants program by a team of researchers led by Kathryn Leonhardt, MD, of Aurora Health Care in Wisconsin. [Read More]

Survey: Spending doesn't improve patients' perceptions of care
Higher levels of medical care spending do not improve patients' perceptions of the care they receive, according to University of Massachusetts researchers who conducted a survey of Medicare beneficiaries. Researchers surveyed 2,515 Medicare beneficiaries about their perceptions of healthcare quality and compared their answers to per capita spending in various regions across the United States. There was a strong link between per capita spending and receiving more medical care, such as average number of ambulatory visits to physicians in the past year. But seven of the 10 measures of patients' perception of healthcare quality—such as unmet needs for tests and treatment, and spending enough time with doctors—were unrelated to expenditures, according to researchers. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines

California hospital halts cardiac surgeries due to infections
AP/San Francisco Chronicle - May 29, 2008

Mortality rates continue to drop in New York
The Buffalo News - May 25, 2008

Anthem, OhioHealth join others in posting quality, price data
Business First of Columbus - May 22, 2008

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Shared Success
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A Culture of Safety
Healthcare as an industry has developed in an environment that does not foster safety, but organizations that want to show their commitment to safety must encourage staff members to report errors by offering a nonpunitive environment, says Lisa Khanna, RN, BSN, patient safety officer at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, MA. Khanna is author of the Patient Safety Officer's Handbook, published this month by HCPro, parent company of HealthLeaders Media. [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]