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Three Ways to Keep Health Quality Simple
Janice Simmons, Senior Editor
Could it be that the key to good, quality healthcare is good, quality communication? Deborah Bosley, PhD, who describes her passion as making written communications simple and useful, thinks so. To approach better quality communications, Bosley breaks it down by the three E's: effectiveness, efficiency, and economy. [Read More]
October 29, 2009
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What do quality leaders think?
The 2010 edition of the HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey for Quality Leaders is now open online at Included this year are new questions that seek your thoughts on the HIT stimulus package and healthcare reform efforts, among others. Plus, we build on key benchmark questions from last year, checking on your top priorities and your assessment of the challenges and solutions for key quality initiatives. This comprehensive survey should take about 14 minutes to complete, and closes the night of Monday, Nov. 2. Be sure to provide contact information and we'll enter your name in a drawing for a $1,000 gift card. [Take the Survey Now]

ANA Urges Nurses to Get H1N1 Vaccines
The American Nurses Association says it remains opposed to mandatory influenza vaccine policies, but it is also urging all registered nurses to get the H1N1 vaccine to protect themselves and the patients they serve. [Read More]

Collaborative Finds Sharing Data Saves Costs, Lives
Hospitals participating in the first year of the Premier healthcare alliance's national collaborative, QUEST: High Performance Hospitals, saved an estimate 8,043 lives and $577 million by focusing on areas to improve healthcare, according to study results released this week. [Read More]

FDA Review of Adverse Events Caused By Medical Devices Is Inadequate
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration division that regulates medical devices does not systematically review adverse event reports to address safety concerns that hospitals, nursing homes, or manufacturers are required to file, according to a review issued Friday by the Office of Inspector General. [Read More]

FDA Failing to Obtain Follow Up Studies on Some Medications
The Food and Drug Administration has been lax in permitting numerous drugs designed to treat life altering illnesses such as HIV/AIDS or cancer to remain on the market without their manufacturers providing required follow up studies to show their effectiveness, according to a new Government Accountability Office study. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines

Public report cards compare and contrast physicians
Wall Street Journal – October 28, 2009

Medical Mission Trips Motivate Nurses and Give Back to Communities
Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media – October 27, 2009

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At our recent event, HealthLeaders Media '09: The Hospital of the Future Now, the former CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Charlie Baker sat down to talk about the growing importance for healthcare providers to develop multidisciplinary systems of care. Baker, who is now running as a Republican candidate for Governor of Massachusetts, also discussed how three aspects of the national health reform debate are similar to the Bay State's ongoing universal coverage efforts. [Listen Now]
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