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9/11 Dust Leaves a Medical Legacy
Joe Cantlupe, Senior Editor

The smoke and odious dust that rose from the debris of the World Trade Center's Twin Towers have settled, but their ruinous assault continues. A decade later, Mount Sinai Hospital researchers have found "substantial and persistent mental and physical health problems" among first responders and recovery workers. [Read More]
  September 8, 2011

Editor's Picks
Half of Internal Medicine Residents Report Burnout
Despite limitations placed on the number of hours medical residents spend working, more than half of internists on training exhibit signs of burnout and suboptimal quality of life, according to a large study of workforce stress from the Mayo Clinic. [Read More]
Patient Safety a Catalyst for Tighter Infection Controls
A study finds better compliance with hand hygiene when hospital signage encourages healthcare professionals to consider the health and safety of their patients, rather than themselves. [Read More]
EHRs Beat Paper in Head-to-Head Competition
After accounting for patient differences, practices using electronic health records show annual improvements in diabetes care that are 10% greater than paper-based practices, according to a study in New England Journal of Medicine. [Read More]
Heart Transplant Scores Predict One-Year Survival Rates
Hospital heart transplant centers that adopt a scoring method can greatly increase the chance recipients will be alive one year later and thereby more efficiently use scarce donor hearts, say cardiac surgery researchers at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. [Read More]
CA Medical Biller to Pay $4.6M to Settle Fraud Allegations
Janzen, Johnston & Rockwell Emergency Medicine Management Services has agreed to pay the federal government to settle fraud allegations stemming from overcharges at the company's Medicare and Medicaid operations, the Department of Justice says. [Register Today]
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]
Rounds: Women's Health Strategies for Service Line Growth and Quality
Date: September 15, 2011
About: Attend on-site or participate via live simulcast About: 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]
Business Rx
Readmission Rates Revealed for 292 Worst Hospitals
A mention next to the word "worse" in one of the latest Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' HospitalCompare data files is the kind of achievement no hospital aspires to. The list highlights some 292 hospitals whose 30-day readmission rates are the highest in the nation in at least one of three disease categories. [Read More]
Physician News
Brain Attack Coalition Strengthens PSC Guidelines
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 6, 2011
12 CA Hospitals Fined for Immediate Jeopardy Violations
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 8, 2011
Healthcare Creates 1 in 5 New Jobs
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 2, 2011
Feds Nab 91 Suspects in Medicare Billing Schemes Totaling $295M
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 8, 2011
Parkland expects CMS report by Sept. 15
Dallas Business Journal, September 7, 2011
Hospital ratings for kids a roll of the dice: study
Reuters Health, September 7, 2011
Medical schools teaching little about gay health
Denver Post/Associated Press, September 7, 2011
SF experiment in improving patient healthcare
The Chronicle, September 6, 2011


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

Sept 16: Webcast: Slash Your Readmission Rates

Sept 22: Webcast: Quantify & Cultivate Patient Engagement

Oct 26: Rounds: Performance Improvement for Quality and Bottom-Line Outcomes


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The Challenges of Patient Engagement
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