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Data and Difficult Decisions
Maureen Larkin, Senior Editor-Quality
Is there a point where CMS' reporting demands will become more important to hospitals than providing actual patient care? I suspect that most CEOs would immediately answer "No!" But as CMS reporting requirements continue to increase, there may come a time when healthcare organizations are forced to choose between collecting data and providing patient care.
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August 14, 2008
Editor's Picks

Putting bullies in their place
Two weeks ago, I talked about how no matter what policies the Joint Commission or other governing bodies put in place, bullies will be bullies. This article from The Boston Globe talks about some of Massachusetts' worst doctor bully cases, and what executives are doing to curb the problem. [Read More]

Doctors: Bully rules could be used as retaliation
In another article about bully docs, AMNews says that some doctors fear that bully doctor policies and codes of conduct will be used as retaliation if a physician doesn't happily go along with administrative procedures, or speaks up about substandard patient care at a facility. [Read More]

Could copper fight hospital infections?
The ancient Egyptians used copper containers to keep their water free from bacteria, and the metal has been used throughout history to control the spread of infection. Now, the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston is installing copper in bed trays, visitor chairs, bed rails, and nurse call buttons to try and prevent the spread of hospital-acquired infections. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines

Most Oregon hospitals agree to voluntarily report mistakes
Beaverton Valley Times - August 13, 2008

Drugs as good as stents for many heart patients
AP/Yahoo News - August 13, 2008

Crocs no longer in style at safety conscious hospitals
St. Petersburg Times - August 12, 2008

New Hampshire hospitals stay mum on infections
Union Leader - August 10, 2008

New York physician misconduct bill now law - August 8, 2008

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