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A Modest Proposal: Pay More for Care Only if It's Better
Cheryl Clark, Editor, Community Hospitals
By applying comparative effectiveness research results to federal reimbursements, only medical services with higher relative value would justify higher payment, says the author of a study published this week in Health Affairs.[Read More]
October 7, 2010
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Linking Medical Errors, Nurses' 12-Hour Shifts
Research presented at the recent Nursing Management Congress by the president of patient care services at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas puts a spotlight on the dangers nurse fatigue presents to patients and to nurses themselves, writes HealthLeaders editor, Rebecca Hendren. The 12-hour shift is a dead idea whose time has passed and may cause more problems than it solves. The story is generating a lively discussion.[Read More]

Comparative Effectiveness Could Save Medicare Billions, Study Says
Authors of a study published in Health Affairs offer a three-pronged approach to using evidence for against a service's comparative clinical effectiveness to its best advantage. "We believe that the time is ripe for Medicare to use comparative effectiveness research to reach a new paradigm of paying equally for services that provide equivalent results," the authors say.[Read More]

IOM: Nurses Need More Education, Training
With ranks of more than 3 million, nurses represent the largest workforce segment in healthcare. But if they are to have a greater impact on patient outcomes and safety, nurses require higher levels of education and better training, according to a report by the Institute of Medicine. Better educated and trained nurses could fill more advanced practice roles during a shortage of qualified individuals, the report says.[Read More]

Scanning Medication Reduces Errors, Hospital Says
Baystate Medical Center's adoption of a bar code scanning process has helped decrease medication error rates by 75%. Nurses at the Springfield, MA hospital scan a patient's medication at the bedside, ensuring that the correct dosage is received. BMC started small, with a six-month pilot program that involved three nursing units. After receiving feedback from nurses and making a few adjustments the process was rolled out organization-wide.[Read More]

Breakthroughs Report: Hospital Merger and Acquisition Strategies
The rules of healthcare are changing. Today, growth isn't about just getting bigger. It's about developing all of the components needed for coordinated care and reduced costs. In this HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, leading hospital systems that have seen the value of growth from mergers and acquisitions—North Shore LIJ Health System, Novant Health, Baylor Health Care System, and Bayhealth Medical Center—share insights and lessons learned.[Read More]

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