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Winners (and Losers) in the Quality Race for Cash
Cheryl Clark, Editor, Community Hospitals
Starting in just 24 months, hospitals falling under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System will automatically see their reimbursements drop. Some hospitals will earn some or all that money back, if they score well on selected outcome measures. Others will see their reimbursements shrink for the year. [Read More]
October 28, 2010
Editor's Picks

Sepsis a 'Hidden Public Health Disaster'
Making sure that a patient survives a bout of sepsis in a hospital is hard enough. But now researchers say survival is only part of the battle. The real challenge is in helping these patients avoid cognitive and functional impairment, which occurs three times as often in sepsis survivors as those hospitalized without infection. [Read More]

OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Training Mandatory for Physicians
Safety editor David LaHoda provides a surprising report which emphasizes how OSHA does not exempt doctors from mandatory training if they handle bloodborne pathogens. Signing the training sheet as if they've gone through it doesn't count.[Read More]

Risk of GI Endoscopy Complications Higher than Previously Reported
This report suggests that complications occurring from endoscopic procedures such as colonoscopies go under-reported in general and are higher than previously documented. But here's some good news: complications considered serious are down.[Read More]

Joint Commission Touts Research on Reducing Handoff Failures
Imagine being able to eliminate four in five adverse events in your hospital. This 10-hospital collaboration with the Joint Commission has found several steps to improve communication in the handoff process, where communication errors causing adverse events thrive.[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]

Intelligence Report: Patient Experience — Help Wanted
While 72% of senior healthcare leaders say that patient experience has been a priority in the past year, only 1 of 8 CEOs has primary responsibility for it. Our exclusive, original research and analysis examines this paradox and delves into the realm of patient experience and its challenges, including why healthcare leaders report lack of success in achieving the kind of patient experience they need to provide.[Read More]

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