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How Debt Ceiling Shenanigans Could Damage Healthcare
Cheryl Clark, Senior Editor
Hospital chiefs forecast reimbursement cuts of 6% or $155 billion from Medicare reimbursement over the next 10 years. And if the so-called "super committee" can't find a way to cut an additional $1.5 trillion from the federal budget over 10 years, Medicare reimbursements will take an additional automatic 2% hit. [Read More]
August 11, 2011
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5 Reasons Nurses Want to Leave Your Hospital
Are your nurses engaged, committed employees? Or are they biding their time until they can go somewhere better? Onerous overtime policies are just one issue that has nurses eyeing the exits. [Read More]

CMS Expands HospitalCompare Data
The biggest healthcare payer is now posting more information on its online report card for quality of care. Granted, many of the scores show "average" but anticipate that there will be more delineations of measurement as metrics and scoring improve. [Read More]

Skin Infections Linked to Tattoo Ink
A public health crisis this is not. But given the ubiquity of tattooing, it's important to know what is in the ink that's going into all those skin cells. Contaminated tap water mixed with tattoo ink can lead to infection, Seattle researchers have found. [Read More]

Rise in CT Use in ED Curbs Admissions, Transfers
CT scan radiation is increasing, especially in the emergency room. But researchers say it prevents costly admissions, especially in the intensive care unit. That means it saves money too, although they didn't say how much. [Read More]

Webcast: Quantify & Cultivate Patient Engagement
Date: September 22, 2011
About: More than just a buzzword, patient experience has become the quintessential objective in our healthcare climate. Fortunately, the thriving world of social media offers proven pathways to not only create patient engagement, but actually build community around your organization. Learn how Emory University Orthopaedics and Spine Hospital consistently scores above the 90th percentile in patient satisfaction using social media tools and metrics. [Register Today]

Webcast: Slash Your Readmission Rates
Date: September 16, 2011
About: With 20% of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries discharged from a hospital readmitted within 30 days, Baylor Heart and Vascular Center in Dallas, which boasts one of the lowest readmission rates nationwide (17.3%), and Our Lady of Resurrection Medical Center in Chicago, which cut its readmission rate from the nation?s second-highest (32.4%) to 15%, share strategies to help you reduce your readmission rates. [Register Today]

This Week's Headlines

CA medical board fails to discipline 710 troubled docs
The Los Angeles Times, August 10, 2011

Hospitals adding R&R to treatment plan
Chicago Tribune, August 10, 2011

Tweeting health woes could help fight disease
PBS News Hour, August 10, 2011

CA clinic system embraces online consultations
InformationWeek, August 9, 2011

The phantom menace of sleep deprived docs
The New York Times Magazine, August 8, 2011


August 16: Rounds: The Real Value of ACOs

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

Sept 16: Webcast: Quantify & Cultivate Patient Engagement

Sept 22: Webcast: Slash Your Readmission Rates


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