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Getting Past the Complexity
Janice Simmons, Senior Editor
When it comes to providing quality acute care for senior patients, at least half a dozen models have been identified and tested successfully by hospitals and health systems. However, a problem exists: These programs have generated little excitement among the healthcare community that may view them as cost centers as opposed to profit centers. Two geriatricians who have found ways to improve care for older patients want to change that thinking. [Read More]
June 10, 2010
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New AHRQ Software Made Available to Build Hospital Quality Website
After more than two years of development, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released its MONAHRQ (My Own Network powered by AHRQ) software that hospitals can use without charge to compile, analyze, and post data on the quality and cost of their healthcare. [Read More]

Preparing for the July Effect: Five Strategies for Integrating New Residents
Deaths from medication errors appear to increase in July, perhaps because of the addition of new and inexperienced residents in that month, according to a new study. Dubbed the "July effect," the phenomenon has been observed anecdotally, but David P. Phillips, PhD, of the University of California San Diego and Gwendolyn E.C. Barker, BA, of the University of California Los Angeles, looked at more than 62 million death certificates from 1979 to 2006 to find a pattern. [Read More]

Healthcare Violence Is Increasing; Is Your Hospital Prepared?
The season finale of ABC's Grey's Anatomy two weeks ago depicted a distraught husband firing his gun as he walked the halls of Seattle Grace, killing and critically wounding patients, providers, and even security personnel. The two hour Columbine-like massacre, while dramatic, served as another reminder that healthcare facilities, which increasingly are treating sicker and poorer patients, are also rife with all sorts of emotion, both obvious and hidden. [Read More]

Cleveland Clinic's New Health Center Will Feature 'Patient Navigators' to Coordinate Care
Cleveland Clinic broke ground on a $25 million community health center in East Cleveland that the health system says will link healthcare with social and financial services. The three story, 50,000 square foot Huron Community Health Center will be located on the campus of Huron Hospital and will open in late 2011, Cleveland Clinic said. [Read More]
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