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Making the Family Caregiver a Part of the Healthcare Team
Janice Simmons, Senior Editor
As a part of healthcare reform, interest has been high on the concept of patient-centered care. But sometimes, an important presence may be overlooked in providing quality patient-centered care to that patient: the family caregiver. Today, more than 30 million family caregivers play major roles in overseeing and promoting the health and quality of life of individuals with acute and chronic illnesses. [Read More]
January 14, 2010
Editor's Picks

Three Areas Where Quality Could Save Costs in Health Reform
Early last year in the healthcare reform debate, the public health insurance option was seen by some as a way to improve the quality of medical care while delivering it at lower cost. Flash forward to now, and it has become apparent that a public option found in the House reform bill is only hanging by a thread and not very likely to find its way into the reconciled healthcare reform bill. So will achieving quality healthcare at lower cost still be possible? The answer is yes, in some areas. [Read More]

HHS Unveils Health Security Strategy for Emergencies
HHS has released its first National Health Security Strategy to protect public health during large scale emergencies, such as natural disasters, bioterrorism strikes, and pandemics. The strategy sets priorities for government and non-government activities over the next four years. [Read More]

Katrina Death Trial May Raise Stakes for Hospital Emergency Planning
The family of deceased patient Althea LaCoste is suing Pendleton Methodist Hospital, LLC, in New Orleans, saying that LaCoste died in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina because the facility allegedly failed to design its emergency power infrastructure to withstand flood waters and allegedly failed to have an adequate plan in place to transfer patients. Now CEOs, emergency planners, and facility directors should be monitoring the upcoming results of the trial, which has the potential to alter the way hospitals plan for disasters, reports my colleague Scott Wallask. [Read More]

For severely ill children, a dearth of doctors
A growing shortage of pediatricians trained in specialties—such as neurology, gastroenterology, and developmental and behavioral medicine—is threatening timely access to care for children, according to pediatric medical groups. A new survey released by the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions found that shortages of doctors across these pediatric sub-specialties are forcing 90% of hospitals to delay appointments, lose patients, or refer them elsewhere. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines
High numbers of bloodstream infections logged in PA hospitals
Philadelphia Inquirer – January 13, 2010

Is sorry the hardest word in healthcare?
New York Times – January 11, 2010

Doctors Work to Balance Business of Medicine with Patient Care
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media – January 11, 2010

States Not Reporting Adverse Events May Harm Patient Safety, Says Inspector General
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media – January 8, 2010
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