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Fall Prevention Kit Reduces Patient Falls
Cora Nucci, Senior Online Editor
Through the use of icons and plain-language alerts about fall risk, researchers at four acute care hospitals find a drop in the number of falls in older patients. Younger patients, curiously, had more falls.[Read More]
November 3, 2010
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NCQA Releases Medicare, Medicaid Plan Rankings
The National Committee for Quality Assurance, a private non-profit organization, has released its 2010 list of the best health plans for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries throughout the country. The organization published scorecards for 183 of about 300 Medicare plans, and 104 of about 200 Medicaid plans. In September, NCQA rated 223 of about 300 private health plans. [Read More]

Stroke Mortality Rate Higher for Weekend Admissions
Regardless of stroke severity, patients admitted to the hospital on weekends are slightly more likely to die than those admitted on weekdays, an American Academy of Neurology study shows. Seven days after a stroke, people seen on weekends had an 8.1% risk of dying compared to a 7% risk of dying for those seen on weekdays. The results stayed the same regardless of age, gender, stroke severity, other medical conditions and the use of blood clot-busting medications. The reason for the differences in rates could be due to hospital staffing, limited access to specialists and procedures done outside of regular hours, one of the researchers suggests.[Read More]

Independent Physicians' Support Group to Launch in MI
The University of Michigan Health System and Physicians' Organization of Western Michigan have formed a new statewide group to help independent physicians improve access to resources and support during the implementation of healthcare reform. The goals of the group are to help improve and measure quality of care, monitor patients' health more effectively, reduce or contain the growth of healthcare costs, and help physicians gain access to shared technology systems. It becomes operational January 1st.[Read More]

Breakthroughs Report: Future Healthcare and Collaboration
Explore strategies to accelerate the drive toward more cost-efficient and quality healthcare. In this new HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, leading hospital systems—Virtua, Crouse Hospital, Heartland Health, and The Chester County Hospital—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. More Analysis »

HealthLeaders Media Rounds: Building Accountable Care Organizations
Hospitals and physicians are working hurriedly to build systems of care that reward quality, outcomes, and high-value care—the ingredients of the accountable care organization. Innovative healthcare leaders like Carilion Clinic, Norton Healthcare, and Sinai Health System are getting ready now for the future of healthcare system delivery. Join us on Dec. 9 from Carilion Clinic and share the lessons these leaders have learned. More Analysis »
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

$10 billion Medicaid waiver approved for California
The Los Angeles Times, November 3, 2010
Man with heart attack votes absentee from a hospital bed
The Journal Sentinel, November 3, 2010
The newest heart test is low-tech
The Wall Street Journal, November 2, 2010
Mass. Hospital Association to ban hiring smokers
WBUR, November 2, 2010
Suffering patient kept waiting during doctors' dispute
CTV News, November 2, 2010
Swallowed Foreign Objects Cost $2M at RI Hospital
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 3, 2010

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Hospitals are Predicting, Adapting to Change

  The business models that will emerge in the era of healthcare reform are still unclear, but leading hospitals and health systems are already positioning themselves to adapt when they do come into focus. They're taking the first steps toward becoming accountable care organizations even before anyone knows for sure what an ACO will look like—or even if they'll ever come to fruition.[Read More]