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Nurse Executives Upbeat at Annual Meeting
Rebecca Hendren, Editor
I spent the last few days at the American Organization of Nurse Executive's annual meeting in Indianapolis. I had wondered how the difficult past few years and the recent dramatic healthcare reforms would affect the nurse executives' mood. I was pleasantly surprised to discover an upbeat group who are optimistic about the future and eager to embrace the challenges and opportunities presented by the reform law. [Read More]
April 13, 2010
Editor's Picks

Jury Finds Against 16 Labor Bosses in Health Worker Case
A verdict has been delivered in the California case brought by union members against their labor leaders. Saying the leaders "lied to us [and] stole from us," and "put our families' financial security at risk," United Healthcare Workers West is claiming victory after a verdict from a U.S. District Court jury in San Francisco. "The federal jury ordered defendants to pay more than $1.5 million in damages to the members they betrayed," said Erica Boddie, Labor Tri-Chair of the Workplace Safety Committee at Kaiser. "Today, the world knows without a shadow of a doubt that they are undemocratic and willing to work directly against members' interest for their own personal power." [Read More]
New CMS Dashboard the Start of More Health Cost, Quality Transparency
A public Web site introduced last week by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has a dashboard that will permit tracking of how much is spent on Medicare patients in hospitals for many treated illnesses and conditions. Under a transparency push at the federal level, expect to see more CMS data being made available this year. [Read More]
NQF Endorses 34 Safety Practices in Latest Manual
The National Quality Forum has released its fourth updated edition of its Safe Practices for Better Healthcare manual. The 34 endorsed safety practices included in the manual—ranging from surgical site infection prevention to informed consent to medication reconciliation—have some slight changes from the previous year. However, the manual's message is that much still needs to be done with patient safety. [Read More]
Insurers Must Push Employers to Reward Value
While some employers keep dumping more premiums and copays onto the backs of their employees, other leaders are finding new ways to avoid a future of $10,000 deductibles. Though the private sector often leads, there are still plenty of employers not willing to test out new programs. Instead, they often look for more arcane ways to save on healthcare, such as shifting more costs onto the individual. But that way of thinking is not sustainable. [Read More]
Time to Tell Your Leadership Team's Story
The deadline is approaching to enter the seventh annual Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare Awards—a program that celebrates stories of great healthcare leadership in hospitals, health plans, and medical group practices. There are five categories: large hospitals and health systems (500 or more licensed beds); community and mid-sized hospitals (100 to 499 licensed beds); small hospitals (fewer than 100 licensed beds); health plans (state, regional, and national); and medical group practices (physician-owned, single- or multi-specialty groups employing 25 or more physicians). [Read More]
NurseLeaders Forum

Hospital Monitors Infectious Diseases Using Real-Time Surveillance
The responsibilities of an infection preventionist have never been more daunting. With CMS refusing to pay for treatment of hospital-acquired infections, it has never been more important to identify them and prevent them from affecting a hospital's bottom line. [Read More]
Business Rx

Nurse Staffing Effectiveness in 2010: The Interim Standards
Originally introduced by The Joint Commission in July 2002, staffing effectiveness is the appropriate level of nurse staffing that will provide for the best possible outcome of individual patients throughout a particular facility. The Joint Commission suspended these standards in June 2009 due to the debate of the results from across the country. However, this suspension proved to be short-lived. In December 2009, The Joint Commission announced the approval of its interim staffing effectiveness standards for 2010. [Read More]
Nursing Headlines

More healthcare workers got flu shots this season
New York Times - April 13, 2010

National Effort Scrutinizes Costly Blood Transfusion Complications
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media - April 12, 2010

Study shows nursing strikes erode patient care
Philadelphia Inquirer - April 12, 2010

Monetary Incentives, Marketing, Accountability Drive Hand Hygiene
Evan Sweeney, for HealthLeaders Media - April 8, 2010
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