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Solution to 'Devastating' Surgical Awareness Remains Elusive
Cheryl Clark, Senior Editor
Researchers fail to show a distinction between two commonly used methods to detect and measure patients' surgical awareness while under anesthesia. The complication can be associated with post-traumatic stress syndrome years later, an anesthesiology expert says. [Read More]
August 25, 2011
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TJC Calls for Restraint in Diagnostic Radiation
Joint Commission officials say a raft of incidents in recent years involving diagnostic radiation overdoses should prompt hospitals to reexamine the way they use CT with an eye to alternatives if possible. [Read More]

Selecting a Strategy to Stop HAI
A tale of three urban hospitals, each grappling with nosocomial infection prevention in different ways. It's hard to tell which works best, but all are tackling an issue that is at the center of a national debate.[Read More]

CMS Trials Bundled Payments for Episodes of Care
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services takes one more step to encourage hospitals and doctors to work together by introducing four models of bundled payments to reduce unnecessary care and make sure necessary care is provided after discharge. Interested hospitals must apply for the first model by Sept. 22, which will kick in Jan. 1. [Read More]

Parkland Hospital Submits Plan to Remedy Deficiencies, Protect Funding
With nine conditions of participation not met, Parkland hospital, an important and historically significant safety net facility, faces withdrawal of Medicare funding and humiliation after the death of a patient in its psych unit. Time will tell if the hospital can get back on track and avoid closure. [Read More]

Rounds: Performance Improvement for Quality and Bottom-Line Outcomes
Date: October 26, 2011
About:Attend on-site or participate via live simulcast. Host Denver Health with invited guest Virtua share how to make continuous quality improvement with a focus on bottom-line value part of your institutional culture and process. [Register Today]

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]

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