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Recognizing Patient Spirituality Could Improve Quality of Care
Janice Simmons, Senior Editor
We may have our own set of personal beliefs, but sometimes addressing a patient's spiritual needs as part of his or her care may appear out of place or inappropriate. However, two new studies find that recognizing that spirituality may be an important part of providing quality care. [Read More]
Dec. 17, 2009
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Hospital Leaders: How to Add Value to Healthcare
The current relationship between hospitals and physicians has been built around rewarding for volume of services and not quality. That model is breaking down as reformers in Washington have hospital and physician inefficiency in their sights, with Medicare pushing toward value based purchasing and experimenting with a payment system that rewards a system of coordinated care. In this HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report that you can download for free, four leading hospital systems—Gundersen Lutheran Health System, Sanford Health MeritCare, SSM Health Care, and Virginia Mason Medical Center—share the lessons they have learned about adding quality to healthcare. [Read More]

Patient Photos Help Reduce Hospital's Medication Errors
When a new patient enters a hospital, staff members generally follow the same routine. The admitting nurse asks the patient's name, date of birth, symptoms, and any allergies to medications. From this information, a medical record is created and the patient may be admitted and is taken to a room. However, at JPS Health Network in Fort Worth, TX, there is one extra step for admitting nurses in the Department of Psychiatry: photographing new patients. [Read More]

Report Questions Whether Nation is Prepared for H1N1 Emergency
The H1N1 flu outbreak has exposed serious gaps in the nation's ability to respond to public health emergencies and the economic crisis is straining an already fragile public health system, according to a report released by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. [Read More]

Happy Holidays!
From all of us at HealthLeaders Media, happy holidays. QualityLeaders will not publish next week, but will be back with a new issue December 31.
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