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Do Physicians Have the Time for Quality?
Janice Simmons, Senior Editor
This week's mixed-bag news item comes from a study that found primary care physicians have been spending more time—and not less, as anticipated—with their adult patients compared to a decade ago. However, the corresponding gains made in quality improvement remained sometimes modest, or even flat, for many of those physicians. [Read More]
Nov. 12, 2009
Editor's Picks

Medical Confessional Highlights Doctors' Diagnostic Errors
When 310 doctors at 22 U.S. healthcare facilities were asked to anonymously confess the diagnostic errors they made or witnessed, the two most frequently listed conditions involved pulmonary embolism and adverse drug reactions, including overdoses and poisoning. Lung cancer diagnostic mistakes ranked a close third, followed by colorectal cancer, acute coronary syndrome, breast cancer, and stroke. [Read More]

Half of Nonprofit Hospital Boards Don't Value Clinical Quality as Top Concern
Half of the board chairs of the nation's nonprofit hospitals said their boards don't rank clinical quality as one of their two highest priorities, according to results of a Harvard survey said to be the first of its kind. However, chairs of boards that did prioritize quality oversaw hospitals that performed better on national Hospital Quality Alliance measurements than hospitals where boards didn't rank quality of the highest importance. [Read More]

Hand-hygiene Rates Improved Through Variety of Reinforcement Styles
It takes more than one method to bring a hospital's hand-hygiene compliance rate up over 90%. At Barnes Jewish St. Peters Hospital in St. Peters, MO, it was a matter of trial and error to reach its compliance goal. [Read More]

Pay-for-Performance Participation Can Be Pricey for Docs
Pay-for-performance may be the rage, and the future of physician reimbursement—but it doesn't come cheap. Responding to all those requests for data, proper planning, training, coding, data entry, and modification of electronic systems cost physician practices between $1,000 to $11,100 in implementation costs per doctor, and from about $100 to $4,300 per year per clinician after the program was launched. These figures come from a survey of eight physician practices participating in four North Carolina quality reporting programs. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines
HHS Will Spend $9 Million on Tracking ASC Infection Rates
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media – November 10, 2009

Cedars-Sinai Offers to Pay Medical Costs For Patients Overexposed to CT Radiation
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media – November 10, 2009

Florida Launches Online Healthcare Complaint Form
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media – November 10, 2009

CDC: MRSA USA600 Not Worse Than Other MRSA Strains
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media – November 6, 2009
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