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Can We Get Around Rationing When It Comes to Comparative Effectiveness Research?
Janice Simmons, Senior Editor
The concept of "comparative effectiveness research" has been mentioned so many times during the Senate Finance Committee's healthcare reform deliberations in recent months that members suggested that they think of a less controversial—and even easier—name. So can we get around the "R" word when it comes to comparative effectiveness research? Well, possibly. [Read More]
June 11, 2009
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Quality of Care Often Depends on Race and Income
Two new federal reports highlight the extent to which health disparities exist across the country between racial and ethnic minorities and whites, as well as between the rich and the poor. [Read More]

Nurses Rap About Hand Hygiene in Mass General Campaign
Hospitals commonly display visual aids—including banners, posters, and signs—to remind staff to practice proper hand hygiene, but nurses in Massachusetts General Hospital's same day surgery unit may have found a more memorable way to get the message across: creating a rap video. [Read More]

Prevention Cuts May Be Costing Hospitals in Long Run
Faced with shrinking bottom lines, many hospitals have recently been paring back their infection prevention programs. However, these short-term solutions may be costing them more in terms of costly hospitalizations related to infections, according to a survey by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. [Read More]

Most Hospitals Working Toward Creating Strong Cultures of Safety
Building and maintaining a culture of safety has become a key part of a patient safety program. Since the Institute of Medicine's To Err is Human was published 10 years ago, the healthcare industry has made a concerted effort to focus more energy on creating systems by which patients are kept more safe, and staff members are set up to succeed. [Read More]
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