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Evidence-Based Staffing Enhances Patient-Centered Care
Rebecca Hendren, Editor
A medical center in Florida is using an acuity software system built around patient needs, rather than staff workload or ratios. The system of evidence-based indicators to determine the hours of care has resulted in improved outcomes and morale, a nurse leader says.[Read More]
August 2, 2011
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VBP Incentives Put Process Measures to the Test
Under value-based purchasing guidelines, hospitals will be evaluated and paid based on how well they perform 12 process measures. There is some evidence?but at times little hard proof?that these tasks correlate with true outcomes, such as saved lives or reduced readmissions. [Read More]
CMS Releases SNF PPS Final Rule for 2012
The Skilled Nursing Facilities Prospective Payment System final rule reduces payment rates in FY 2012 by $3.87 billion in order to correct an unintended spike in payment levels and better align Medicare payments with costs, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services says. [Read More]
Speed of ED Care Goes Under Quality Microscope
Over the next two years, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services expects hospitals to begin tracking and reporting median times for two benchmarks for emergency department care. The first steps are identifying and defining the metrics by which quality will be measured. [Read More]
CHF Readmission Prevention Efforts Costly for Hospital
A transitional care intervention program for congestive heart failure patients at a Texas hospital reduced readmissions by 48%, but because Medicare did not pay the average $1,100 cost per patient, the facility lost money. [Read More]
Rounds: The Real Value of ACOs
Date: August 16, 2011
About: 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. [Register Today]

Rounds: Women's Health Strategies for Service Line Growth and Quality
Date: September 15, 2011
About: Attend on-site or participate via live simulcast. Learn how host Bon Secours Richmond Health System and invited guest Geisinger Health System maximize downstream revenue in their women's health services, as well as opportunities for integration, quality and customer loyalty. [Register Today]

NurseLeaders Forum

Patient Classification Systems Address Nurse Staffing Balance
A patient classification system applies an evidence-based approach enabling hospitals to assign, match, and schedule nurses where they are needed the most, experts say. [Read More]

Nursing Headlines

Leadership Requires Top Bench Strength
Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, July 29, 2011

Healthcare Online Job Postings Decline Again
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 2, 2011

Surveys find widespread violence against hospital caregivers
Los Angeles Times, August 1, 2011

ER sees rising hunger among children
The Boston Globe, July 29, 2011

Harvard testing checklist for safer deliveries
The Boston Globe, July 29, 2011

Nearly 20% of GDP to be Spent on Healthcare By 2020
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 28, 2011

Hospitals take cultural sensitivity seriously
Chicago Tribune, July 27, 2011


August 16: Rounds: The Real Value of ACOs

September 15: Rounds: Women's Health Strategies for Service Line Growth and Quality

September 22: Leveraging the Electronic Health Record for Nursing: Support Evidence-Based Practice and Effective Clinical Processes


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