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Nebulous, but Necessary
Maureen Larkin, Senior Editor-Quality
While the role of chief quality officer may be nebulous, the growing importance of hospital quality isn't. This is evidenced by the number of hospitals—big and small—that are bringing quality responsibilities to the executive table by creating the chief quality officer role. [Read More]
June 26, 2008
Editor's Picks

Two different takes
News broke this week about an Australian study that examined the reasons for increases in MRSA cases. The study found two causes of MRSA: hospital understaffing and overcrowding. What was most interesting to me were the headlines used for this story in different countries. Here in America, the headlines focused on understaffing, while headlines from Canada and the United Kingdom named overcrowding as the main cause.

Women better off at top performing hospitals
Earlier this week HealthGrades released a report on maternity and cardiovascular care for women, and the quality of care that female patients receive at America's hospitals. Overall, HealthGrades says mortality rates for women treated for cardiovascular disease plummeted 15% in the last year, and not surprisingly, women who give birth at a top performing hospital have a much lower risk of complications. [Read More]

NY bill reveals names of probed doctors
New York Gov. David Patterson announced a bill this week that will make public the names of physicians who are charged with misconduct by the state health department. The bill also expands infection control training for physicians, physician assistants, and medical students. [Read More]

A watchdog worth keeping
The Philadelphia Inquirer this week urged lawmakers to take action to save the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council, known as PHC4, a watchdog agency whose research has kept patients informed about the safety of hospitals in the state. While the agency appears to have general assembly support, the state's insurance lobby has suggested the agency has failed in its mission and should be discontinued. [Read More]

Have a Great Fourth of July!
From all of us at HealthLeaders Media, have a happy and safe Fourth of July holiday. HealthLeaders Media QualityLeaders will not publish next week, but will be back July 10.
This Week's Headlines
WHO issues checklist to make operations safer
New York Times - June 25, 2008

Study finds quality high, but prices vary
RedOrbit - June 24, 2008

A script for safety
Carroll County Times - June 22, 2008

Book profiles patient safety errors
Cape Cod Times - June 19, 2008
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