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Five Barriers to Post-Reform Efficiency
Janice Simmons, Senior Editor
Many would agree with Edward G. Murphy, MD, president and CEO of Roanoke, VA-based Carilion Health System, that there's a lot of interest in making the transition to accountable care. But is the healthcare industry actually ready to make that transition? [Read More]
April 15, 2010
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Leapfrog: Hospital Quality Still Lagging
While hospital quality in selected categories showed some improvement from the previous year, it still is not where it should be—with waste also remaining a major problem, according to the results of the latest 2009 hospital survey released on Tuesday by the Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization representing major private and public purchasers of healthcare benefits. [Read More]

Wide Gaps Remain in Quality of Care, Says AHRQ
Despite much more attention to the issue of patient safety, rates of postoperative sepsis—or bloodstream infections—increased in the U.S. by 8% between 2009 and 2008, according to one of two new lengthy reports issued by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. [Read More]

Fewer Preventable Events Equal Lower Medical Malpractice Claims, Says RAND
If doctors want to reduce medical malpractice claims, they should strengthen efforts to prevent events within hospitals that cause patient harm. That's the take-home message from a five-year analysis that compared the incidence of 17 types of patient harm, called patient safety indicators, or PSIs, with the number of malpractice claims filed in each of 58 California counties for each year between 2001 and 2005. [Read More]

7 Hospitals Fined for Immediate Jeopardy Mistakes
California health officials Tuesday imposed "Immediate Jeopardy" fines totaling $475,000—including a $100,000 fine that is the highest so far—on seven California hospitals they said harmed patients or placed them at risk of harm because of avoidable mistakes in delivery of care. [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 range from surgical site infections prevention to informed consent to medication reconciliation, and have some slight changes from the previous year. [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). Winners will be announced nationally and profiled in an issue of HealthLeaders magazine. [Read More]
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