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Can Home Be Where the Healthcare Quality Is?
Janice Simmons, Senior Editor
When you think of improving quality, you may think it involves something new—new ways of evaluating data, new methods to pay for care, or new applications of information technology. But it also can mean looking at something old, such as encouraging the idea of provider home care visits, especially for the senior population. While great interest has been emerging over the concept of the patient-centered medical home in both the healthcare and political communities, it may be time to look at care in the patient's home as a way to provide quality care. [Read More]
November 5, 2009
Editor's Picks

Commonwealth Fund: U.S. Healthcare is Lagging Behind Other Countries
When it comes to paying for healthcare, the United States tops the list as having the highest spending per capita ($7,290) when compared with 10 other industrialized countries. The U.S. also lags behind those nations in access, quality, and use of health information technology, according to the Commonwealth Fund's 12th annual international health policy survey. [Read More]

Dying In a Hospital Costs More than Surviving an Inpatient Stay
If anyone needs more evidence that healthcare spending is concentrated at the end of life, here's another raft of confirming statistics from the federal government. The statistics were released by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, which analyzed 765,651 hospital patient deaths in 2007. The statistical brief is the first analysis of the cost of death for payers other than Medicare. [Read More]

New MRSA Strain Much More Lethal Than Other Types
An uncommon type of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus called USA600 appears much more lethal when it infects the bloodstream than more common strains of MRSA. That's the finding from a preliminary study presented Saturday at the Infectious Disease Society of America's annual meeting in Philadelphia. [Read More]

Nurses Use Repetitive Processes to Catch Medication Errors
Each year, medication errors are responsible for 7,000 patient deaths and cost the healthcare system $2 billion. Even more shocking, perhaps, is the knowledge that nearly 50% of potential medication errors are caught before making it to the patient. Of those potential errors, 87% are intercepted by nurses. [Read More]
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