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All in the Numbers: Making Sense of Hospital Compare Readmission Data
Janice Simmons, Senior Editor
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released this month first-time data in its Hospital Compare Web site that reports if patients returned to an individual hospital within 30 days after being discharged for three conditions: heart attacks, heart failure, or pneumonia. So what does this data mean? Is a hospital in trouble if it is ranked "worse" than the national rate? Well, not quite. [Read More]
July 16, 2009
Editor's Picks

Poll Finds Many Nurses Believe Staff Shortages are Affecting Patient Care
Nearly three quarters of nurses who participated in an American Nurses Association online poll that drew almost 15,000 responses reported insufficient staffing at their workplace. Forty two percent of respondents also cited inadequate staffing as the reason they were considering leaving their position, suggesting nurse shortages will worsen. [Read More]

Higher quality MRIs Raise Questions about Costs and Reimbursement
When the ECRI Institute released its free white paper for the C-suite about hot technologies for 2009, it probably didn't surprise anyone to see electronic medical records top the list. But the No. 2 ranking from the Plymouth Meeting, PA-based healthcare research firm wasn't as predictable: ultrahigh field strength MRIs. [Read More]

Medical Home Offers Healthcare Without Insurers
An insurance free, primary care "direct medical home" that requires patients to pay low monthly fees but gives them 24/7 access and cheaper healthcare costs has the potential to save hundreds of billions of dollars if it's included in the national healthcare reform model, one advocate says. [Read More]

Cost of Hospital Care for Obese Children Has Doubled
Americans, and specifically taxpayers, paid nearly double in costs for hospitalizing obese children between 1999 and 2005, with almost twice as many such children requiring hospital care, according to a new report. [Read More]
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