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Hospital's Fast Action Stops Potentially Disastrous HAI
Cheryl Clark, Editor, Community Hospitals
A "good news" paper presented at a meeting of infection control professionals got my attention this week. It tells how officials at a Dallas hospital immediately mobilized to put a halt to a cluster of an increasingly feared drug-resistant strain of bacteria, Acinetobacter baumanni.[Read More]
July 14, 2010
Editor's Picks

Winners and Losers in HHS Final Meaningful Use Rule
The long awaited tablet of meaningful use rules has been handed down, and some commandments aren?t as strict as they were originally chiseled. Senior Editor Gienna Shaw gives her take on the winners and losers of meaningful use, explaining how David Blumenthal acquiesced to reason.[Read More]

Failure In Central Line Infection Prevention, Survey Says
This survey by infection control professionals should be a wake-up call for hospitals that are increasingly dealing with sicker patients. It should especially sound an alarm for more support and accountability from CEOs.[Read More]

A CFO's Worst Nightmare? Seeing Red
Senior Editor Karen Minich-Pourshadi writes about a small Colorado hospital that discovered the reason its balance sheets were bleeding. Its clearinghouse was not sending out clean claims, and therein was the holdup on receivables, and an important lesson learned.[Read More]

Lower Mortality, Higher Patient Satisfaction Starts with Turnover
Hospital employee turnover is a bad thing, often attributed to forces beyond the boss?s control, such as an employee seeking a higher salary. This eye-opening column by Philip Betbeze, senior editor for Leadership, says that?s not necessarily the case. Often, employees leave because of the boss; the money is just an excuse.[Read More]
Leaders Forum

It is Time to Act
With the signing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, along with the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act, major change will be coming to the way healthcare is organized, delivered, and managed in the United States. Healthcare leaders have been dealing with constant change for the past 30 years, but now the rate of change will need to accelerate in order to achieve success in a reformed healthcare environment. [Read More]

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This Week's Headlines

Rules seek to expand diagnosis of Alzheimer's
The New York Times – July 14, 2010
Healthcare overhaul includes pilot program of house calls for elderly patients
The Washington Post – July 13, 2010
Hospital ICU deaths more likely on weekends
USA Today/HealthDay – July 12, 2010
Doctors' lobby losing clout on Hill
Politico – July 12, 2010

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