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Learning From Our Mistakes 10 Years After To Err Is Human
Cheryl Clark, Editor, Community Hospitals
As health providers recall the 10-year anniversary of the Institute of Medicine's "To Err Is Human" report, what key things have we learned? Paul M. Schyve, MD, senior vice president of the Joint Commission, lists five changes that the Joint Commission has made that he and many others believe have significantly changed both the culture and the practice around healthcare to avoid medical errors. [Read More]
December 2, 2009
Editor's Picks

If the Dirt Flies, the Recession is Actually Over
Is the time right for your hospital to dive into that construction project that the recession, and your revenue cascade, forced you to delay? HealthLeaders Media Senior Editor Karen Minich-Pourshadi peeks at overall construction trends throughout the country, by region, and talks with a few experts. [Read More]

Cosmetic Surgeons Decry Tax on Their Services
Call it a "botax," or an outrage that discriminates against aging women trying to retain an edge in the job market: The proposed tax on cosmetic surgery has lifted the health reform debate to new levels of vitriol. On the other hand, many of the people having these procedures done might be able to afford it. Who's right? Our senior editor in Washington, Janice Simmons, cuts it down for us. [Read More]

10 Years After To Err is Human: Are Hospitals Safer?
The thought that providers kill 98,000 people in hospitals a year with avoidable medical errors scared hospitals and doctors 10 years ago. But it has launched some meaningful reforms. We talked with three experts who focus on ways that have worked, but much more still needs to be done. [Read More]

Hospital Bans Flowers to Minimize Infections, Clutter
Imagine England, the land of gardens and flowers, banning bouquets in hospitals. Our marketing editor, Marianne Aiello, takes a look at one hospital in York that decided to do just that. The idea is to eliminate clutter, but more importantly the arrangements might be carrying infections that are an increasing concern in healthcare settings. Think of all the money patients' loved ones might save if this practice became more widespread. Is their aesthetic, healing value worth the risk? [Read More]
Leaders Forum

Providing Quality Healthcare in a Values-Driven Culture
While healthcare has not been hit as hard by the economic downtown as some market niches, our industry has not escaped completely and there have been job cuts. Whether from inside the industry, or as a result of career changes from other disciplines, in this bad economy we have the chance to find good people and bring them onto our teams. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines

Los Angeles County supervisors OK agreement to reopen King hospital
Los Angeles Times – December 2, 2009
Senators pitch to women and elderly on health bill
Washington Post – December 2, 2009
American Indians stand to gain in health overhaul
New York Times – December 2, 2009
Even if health bill passes soon, wait for reforms could be long
Washington Post – November 30, 2009

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