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ACEP Chief Rails Against ED Diversions, Scheduling
Cheryl Clark, Senior Editor
Sandra Schneider, MD, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians and a working emergency department physician is passionate about the need for process changes in the ED "because I'm the one who has to watch patients die." [Read More]
June 16, 2011
Editor's Picks

Pronovost: Surveillance Bias Threatens Quality Payment Fairness
How we count infections is extremely variable from hospital to hospital, says the checklist pioneer from Johns Hopkins University in this co-authored commentary. In order for Medicare payment penalties for healthcare associated infections to be meted out fairly, there needs to be measurment standardization. [Read More]

NQF Adds 4 Serious Reportable Events, Updates 25
The National Quality Forum board has approved for endorsement a list of 29 serious reportable events including surgical and invasive procedures and radiologic, device, and care management events. The full list of events is subject to a public appeals process. [Read More]

ED Diversion Raises Heart Attack Mortality
Heart attack patients have a higher risk of dying within a year if the closest emergency department is on diversion as opposed to operating normally on the day they get sick, according to a Robert Wood Johnson-funded study. [Read More]

Sponges: Beyond Counting
Technology and checklists may play a role in eliminating retained surgical items, but appreciation of cognitive psychology can make a measureable difference. [Read More]

Webcast: Transform Your ED into a Profit Center
Date: June 23, 2011
About: Get in-the-trenches management tools and techniques to grow your ED's bottom line. Learn how Heartland Health revamped processes and increased revenue from $15 million to $33.5 million and turned its ED into a profit center with a 40% margin. [Read More]

Rounds: The Real Value of ACOs
Date: August 16, 2011
About: Attend on-site or participate via live webcast. Get accountable care strategies from ACO pioneers Norton Healthcare, Humana, and Palmetto Health—first movers who already have experienced the challenges of building a new framework for healthcare delivery. [Read More]

This Week's Headlines

Medical smart cards find their niche
Technology Review, June 15, 2011

Time to focus on medical errors outside the hospital
The Wall Street Journal, June 15, 2011

Healthcare Leaders Address Class of 2011
HealthLeaders Media, June 16, 2011

3 Mobile Apps to Help Cut the Fat
HealthLeaders Media, June 14, 2011

When the treatment makes patients sick
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, June 13, 2011


June 23: Webcast: Transform Your ED into a Profit Center

July 20: Webcast: Cultivating Physician-Hospital Alignment in the ACO Era

August 16: Rounds: The Real Value of ACOs


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