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Diminishing Expectations
Jay Moore, managing editor, HealthLeaders Media
With a gloomy economy and two wars draining resources and leaving much less money to work with than President-elect Barack Obama no doubt envisioned, the general consensus is that Obama's ambitious healthcare plan will be scaled back considerably. Will his plans for the quality arena be any different?
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Nov. 13, 2008
Editor's Picks

Grady Hospital gets passing marks
Some good news for a change at Atlanta's beleaguered Grady Memorial Hospital: After being placed on conditional status in the wake of a less-than-perfect Joint Commission inspection last winter, Grady earned full accreditation last week. Atlanta's safety-net hospital has been in severe, well-documented financial distress for years, but with a new governance model, new CEO Michael Young, and now Joint Commission accreditation, the facility may finally be able to see some light at the end of the tunnel. [Read More]

Patients being moved to the new, improved—and smaller—USC hospital
Better doesn't always have to mean bigger—but what becomes of this downsizing remains to be seen. In California, Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, the county's main public hospital that has been housed in an outdated Depression-era building for decades, this week completed a move to a new state-of-the-art facility that is more than 200 beds smaller. Why? Too much money to build and too much money too run at the larger size. The thing is, county supervisors approved the downsizing in 1997, according to this story—14 emergency rooms have closed since then, leaving plenty of people worried about adequate bed space for the poor. [Read More]

Toys banned from clinics because of infection risk
Some clinics in Great Britain have banned toys from waiting rooms because of the risk of spreading infections among children. Not everyone is happy about it; the story quotes one physician saying the move is "bureaucracy gone mad." Me, I'm all for doing all we can to prevent the spread of infections. Generally speaking. But the toys in the waiting room? I think I'm in the "bureaucracy gone mad" camp on this one. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines
$13.5 million awarded in hospital death
Boston Globe - November 6, 2008

Insurers hire radiology police to vet scanning
Wall Street Journal (subscription required) - November 6, 2008

Use of imaging technology skyrockets
Washington Post - November 10, 2008

How Pennsylvania let incompetent doctor continue to practice
Philadelphia Inquirer - November 11, 2008

Intestinal pathogen spreads
Wall Street Journal (subscription required) - November 11, 2008
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