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Readmissions Reduction Effort At Kaiser Involves Cameras
Cheryl Clark, Editor, Community Hospitals
Caregivers and social scientists, armed with handheld video cameras, are part of Kaiser's novel "video ethnography" team in California, an effort to understand why some chronically ill patients are readmitted. The program examines the system's care process from beginning to end, with all its wrinkles, cracks, and failings, in order to improve care and prevent further readmissions.[Read More]
December 16, 2010
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IOM's Long Road to Reform Nursing Begins
Our nursing editor, Rebecca Hendren, outlines the battle shaping up over scope of practice in nursing. Teaching colleges need to get up to speed to turn out more nurses with baccalaureate degrees, as a recent Institute of Medicine Report recommends. [Read More]

Telemedicine in ICUs May Trim Critical Care Costs
The hot spot in many hospitals is the ICU, but this new report from New England points out that in Massachusetts alone, telemedicine could save hundreds more lives and millions of dollars a year by enabling closer monitoring of these fragile patients. [Read More]

Can Hospitals Break Even with Medicare?
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6 Health Systems Team with Dartmouth to Study Quality, Costs
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Breakthroughs Report: Future Healthcare and Collaboration
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New Intelligence Report: Reform Readiness
As the healthcare industry prepares for fundamental change under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report reveals that 60% of healthcare leaders say neither the quality nor the efficiency of healthcare at their organization will get any better under healthcare reform. Get the free report with exclusive research and analysis.[Read More]
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