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A Hospital Prevents Readmissions, but Threatens Revenue
Cheryl Clark, Senior Editor
An asthma prevention program at Children's Hospital Boston has drastically reduced emergency room visits and hospitalizations. But the program underscores the tension between a hospital's quest for quality and its bottom line.[Read More]
February 10, 2011
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7 Medical Error Disclosure Deterrents
Medical school residents are often afraid to disclose or discuss medical errors and often don't know what to report since they're still learning. Our editor Julie McCoy has a list of seven human factors academic hospital settings should be aware of to ensure mishaps are disclosed or prevented next time. [Read More]

Risk of Medical Errors by ED Doctors Linked to Interruptions
Emergency room physicians may be at risk of making critical medical errors when they are repeatedly interrupted. Methods used to cut down on some of these unnecessary lapses in focus include waiting for calls back from other physicians. [Read More]

OIG Posts 'Most Wanted' List of Medicare Fraudsters
Officials for the Department of Justice now have a list of its 10 "Most Wanted" Fugitives suspected of committing healthcare fraud, another way the government is elevating the status of these crimes. [Read More]

What ONC Needs Now: Another Doc Who Listens
The biggest news in the last week dealt with the departure of David Blumenthal, the national coordinator for health IT. His journey to that position was a long and special one, and someone else with similar passion and empathy needs to be picked as his replacement. [Read More]

Intelligence Report: E-Health Systems: Opportunities and Obstacles
In this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report, 90% of healthcare leaders say they'll achieve meaningful use from the governmental push for electronic health systems by 2016. And 89% of leaders say that e-health systems will improve quality of care industrywide within 10 years. But in the meantime, leaders' assessments of the cost, functionality, and other aspects of the technology is mixed.[Read More]
This Week's Headlines
Plans steer patients to lower-cost hospitals
The Boston Globe, February 10, 2011

States must cut healthcare programs
USA Today, February 10, 2011

Thousands of Medi-Cal records of San Franciscans breached
San Francisco Examiner, February 9, 2011

How to spot a gang member in your ED, February 9, 2011
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