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Debate on Spinal Fusion Surgeries Continues
Joe Cantlupe, Senior Editor

Physicians are sounding alarms over unnecessary spinal surgeries and are challenging the clinical trial process for one of the most popular spinal fusion procedures. Questions are being raised about possible conflicts and the millions of dollars spent on allegedly biased studies. It's time to address these longstanding issues. [Read More]
  August 25, 2011

Editor's Picks
CMS Trials Bundled Payments for Episodes of Care
Following numerous demonstration projects at a number of large hospital systems, Medicare officials are proposing lump payments to providers for specific episodes of patient illness that extend well after the patient leaves an acute care setting. [Read More]
Give Your Physicians an Incentive to Lead
Physicians traditionally don't respect authority. But it's been said that they will adapt to changes in practice if they get data proving it's the best move for the patient. Banner Health, a 14-hospital system based in Phoenix, is testing that assumption. [Read More]
NQF Endorses 41 Standards of Pediatric Care
Nearly four months after the Institute of Medicine issued its report calling for quality measures to evaluate the state of pediatric care, the National Quality Forum has endorsed 41 such standards and expects that payers will soon put most into practice. [Read More]
CMS Accepts Parkland Hospital's Plan for Corrective Action
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has approved the Dallas safety net hospital's corrective action plan to address what the federal agency calls "immediate jeopardy deficiencies" in infection control and emergency department care. [Read More]
Rounds: Performance Improvement for Quality and Bottom-Line Outcomes
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Intelligence Report: The New Patient Experience Imperative
22% of healthcare leaders say lack of cultural fit or employee buy-in is their organization?s biggest patient experience stumbling block, according to this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report. Get the free report with exclusive research and analysis. [Read More]
Business Rx
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]
Physician News
TJC Calls for Restraint in Diagnostic Radiation
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 25, 2011
Jury rules in favor of doctor who cut off part of Kentucky man's penis
Courier-Journal, August 25, 2011
Price List Could Be A Radical Medical Tool
WBUR, August 23, 2011
Parkland Hospital Submits Plan to Remedy Deficiencies, Protect Funding
Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, August 22, 2011
MD Hospital Agrees to IRO Oversight of Cath Lab
Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, August 23, 2011
Cleveland Clinic studying iPad app to screen for concussions
The Plain Dealer, August 24, 2011
Opinion: Blurred boundaries between doctor and patient
The Boston Globe, August 23, 2011
NY woman, university fight against medical errors
The Wall Street Journal, August 23, 2011
Natural defense against 'super bug' C. diff uncovered
The Plain Dealer, August 22, 2011
US scrambling to ease shortage of vital medicine
The New York Times, August 22, 2011
Speeding Patient Throughput with RTLS
Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, August 15, 2011


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