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Why Aren't Hospitals More Concerned About Blood Safety?
Cheryl Clark, Editor, Community Hospitals
The new Hemovigilance Project, a joint effort between the American Association of Blood Banks and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched Feb. 18, is very intriguing. Hospitals and their transfusion services are being recruited to use standardized definitions to rigorously count the number of adverse transfusion reactions in their patients to score them, and report them on a computer database so they can be quantified and analyzed. [Read More]
April 14, 2010
Editor's Picks

7 Hospitals Fined for Immediate Jeopardy Mistakes
California's monetary penalties against hospitals with avoidable mistakes that harm or could harm patients may be starting to smart. With this 10th installment of fines, hospitals have been assessed $4.225 million. In the latest batch, one hospital got the maximum fine of $100,000, the first time such a high fine has been levied under a new state law. [Read More]

New CMS Anesthesia Guidelines Completely Rewrite Former Standards
The way anesthesiologists are paid, and under what circumstances, has always been controversial. But now Medicare is issuing new guidance on when doctors who are not anesthesiologists can administer sedation. [Read More]

A Hospital Dies in Manhattan—Are More to Come?
What killed St. Vincent's Hospital Manhattan? Managing editor Philip Betbeze sees the evidence at the scene, and says it spells danger for other hospitals that specialize in large segments of the safety net population. Cross-subsidization from commercial payers is going to be less likely. [Read More]

Levy Tells Hospitalists to Focus on Values—Not Health Reform Debate
Forget about healthcare reform? Leading Boston hospital CEO Paul Levy tells health providers they should focus on doing the right thing, caring for patients. If they let politics and administration hassles be a distraction, they will lose sight of what's important, he says. [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). [Learn More]
Leaders Forum

Incorporating Joint Commission OPPE into a Hospital-Wide Quality Improvement Program
As regulations and medical practice in general have become more complex—and data have become more plentiful—having a positive dialogue regarding the specifics of a physician's practice as part of the organization's quality improvement program has become more challenging, writes contributor Richard Bankowitz, MD. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines

Hospital infection problem persists
New York Times ? April 14, 2010
Digital medical record use on the rise
San Francisco Chronicle ?April 13, 2010
Children's Hospital sued over issue of consent for infant's surgery
Los Angeles Times ? April 13, 2010
Consumer group says loopholes in healthcare overhaul could hurt the public
Los Angeles Times ? April 9, 2010

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Five Proven Steps to Improve Patient Satisfaction Scores (May 19)
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