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There's no 'I' in Med Rec
Molly Rowe, Senior Editor-Leadership

CEOs, while they care about patient safety, aren't always involved in the in-the-trenches work that goes on with different patient-safety initiatives. Oh sure, occasionally I'll hear a CEO say he worries about hand-washing and infection control, but usually patient safety is left to the various departments-until something goes wrong. Except with medication reconciliation.
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  June 20, 2008

Editor's Picks
SSM Health Care-St. Louis cuts management jobs
A lot of healthcare organizations are expanding their executive teams to include representatives from nursing, quality, and strategic development, but here's an organization that's downsizing. SSM Health Care-St. Louis this week dismissed 75 members of its management team, including all COOs and vice presidents. SSM says this decision will eliminate redundancy and lead to more consistent decision-making. [Read More]
The doctor will see you. . .in a while
There's a recurring theme in patient satisfaction: People value communication. They want to know what a doctor's doing and why she's doing it. They want apologies when a provider screws up. And, according to this latest Press Ganey survey, they want to know how long they're going to have to wait. Press Ganey surveyed 1.5 million patients in over 1,600 ERs. People who waited more than four hours to see a doctor but remained informed of delays were more satisfied than those who waited and weren't informed. [Read More]
Zappos pays to weed out uncommitted workers
I've recently heard many healthcare leaders talk about the importance of weeding out weak employees (I've written on this topic before, too), but Internet shoe retailer Zappos has a policy to filter out uncommitted workers before they even start. One week into training, employees are offered $1,500 to quit—an offer that Zappos execs say shows how committed new employees really are. It sounds good in theory, I guess, but I'm not sold. I mean who really likes a new job when they're only one week in? It's 3, 4, 5 years in that bad employees really start to stagnate. Zappos would be better off making their offer then, rather than during the first week. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines
Medicare pays, even if providers do not
Washington Post - June 20, 2008
New chief of Boston hospital chain puts an end to old practice
Boston Globe - June 20, 2008
Most doctors aren't using electronic health records
New York Times - June 19, 2008
AMA issues first report card on health insurers
AP/Yahoo News - June 17, 2008

Study: Health costs to rise nearly 10%
AP/Yahoo News - June 17, 2008

CMS: Third year of VBP demonstration shows improvement
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services - June 18, 2008

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