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Let's Keep Our Eye On the Ball
Jay Moore, managing editor, HealthLeaders Media
Some say that when it comes to quality, healthcare could learn a little something from baseball, which in recent years has demonstrated that crunching performance data as part of an evidence-based philosophy yields winning teams at a bargain price. Sounds great—if it were only that simple. [Read More]
Nov. 7, 2008
Editor's Picks

Medical grind hurts the art of healing
This fairly brief column is a thoughtful opinion piece from a physician on how contemporary medicine has evolved: He says many doctors "stopped being healers and became prescribers and technicians." The writer contends that "changes in medicine are at odds with many of the values that defined the profession I joined." He doesn't really offer any solutions—he acknowledges that today's physicians have to see more patients to cover their overhead than doctors in previous generations—but I nevertheless enjoy a little idealism now and then amid the daily all-too-real challenges of the healthcare world. [Read More]

NJ eyes help for patients after medical errors
The cost of making serious medical errors could be going up for hospitals in New Jersey if some new legislation there becomes law. One bill that would prohibit New Jersey hospitals from charging for treating certain hospital-acquired conditions is headed for debate in a legislative committee; another measure would alter the Patient Safety Act to require the Health Department to release an annual facility-by-facility report of preventable medical errors. Plenty of states are pursuing legislation in this arena, but given the already troubled state of New Jersey's hospitals—we have a story on that topic coming in this month's issue of HealthLeaders magazine—any additional reimbursement cuts will sting all the more. [Read More]

Open up and say, 'Om,'
So-called "alternative medicine" is getting more and more press these days, with everything from massage to acupuncture being integrated into some hospitals' offerings. Well, if you haven't already, add yoga to the list. A foundation run by the fashion designer Donna Karan is partnering with Manhattan's Beth Israel Medical Center in a year-long experiment to see if yoga, meditation, and aromatherapy can help make radiation and chemotherapy cancer treatments more effective. My internal cynicism meter tends to shoot through the roof on this kind of thing, but the story is an intriguing glimpse into how far hospitals are willing to go these days. [Read More]

This Week's Headlines

Old blood boosts risk of infection
Chicago Tribune - October 30, 2008

How long will patients spend in the ER before they get mad?
Wall Street Journal (blog) - October 31, 2008

Treatment of pain lacking, data show
McClatchy Newspapers/Houston Chronicle - October 31, 2008
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