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Reducing Readmissions: Are Quality Payments a Carrot or Stick?
Janice Simmons, Senior Editor
Payments for discharges paid by Medicare could be reduced by up to 3% in the Senate bill or 5% in the House bill. Could these proposed reductions in payments for unplanned readmissions be seen as a carrot or a stick for the healthcare industry? [Read More]
January 28, 2010
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Does Mandating Nurse-Patient Ratios Improve Care?
As more than a dozen states consider laws to establish hospital nurse-to-patient ratios, what has been the experience in California—the first state to establish such a rule—since its policy took full effect in 2005? Do patients get better care, experience fewer adverse events, and have shorter lengths of stay and lower mortality? Are nurses doing a better job, and by extension, are doctors and other hospital workers? And how much has the increased expense affected hospitals' bottom lines? [Read More]

Needlestick Injuries Remain a Problem for Hospitals
While concerns remain high about patient safety, emergency management, and other hot button issues, needle-related injuries still present significant regulatory risks for hospitals. For at least the 10th year in a row, the latest Occupational Safety and Health Administration figures show that the bloodborne pathogens standard was the most cited in general acute care hospitals in fiscal 2009. [Read More]

Medical Center Uses Web Questions to Connect Experts with Patients
The office of communications and public affairs at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore has taken an innovate approach to the familiar "Ask the Expert" tool that is considerably different from that of most hospitals. UMMC has a team of more than 80 experts on a wide range of topics ready to answer any health question that a site user or smartphone application user may have. [Read More]

California Program Uses Telemedicine to Reach Medically Underserved
Doctor-patient interaction is the key to a new telemedicine pilot program among community centers in California. Under the California Telemedicine Pilot Project, more than 15 sites will be equipped to deliver telemedicine primary and specialty services using the networking system known as Cisco HealthPresence. The "care at a distance" plan will allow patients to visit a center with high-definition cameras and electronic scopes linked to physicians who may be a long distance away. [Read More]
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