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Immediate Jeopardy at Parkland Puts VBP Incentive Pay in Peril
Cheryl Clark, Senior Editor
Parkland Hospital in Dallas, where quality problems uncovered by state and federal surveyors triggered an "immediate jeopardy" declaration, could be the first major acute care facility in the nation prohibited from receiving millions in value-based purchasing incentive payments under a key provision of the Affordable Care Act. [Read More]
September 8, 2011
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12 CA Hospitals Fined for Immediate Jeopardy Violations
A dozen California hospitals must pay "immediate jeopardy" fines totaling $650,000 for safety lapses that caused death or harm to patients under their care, state health officials have announced. [Read More]

10 Ways to Help Nurses Improve Patient Satisfaction
Nurses can make or break the patient experience. So why do we make it so hard for them to have positive interactions with patients? Here are 10 changes to nurse procedures and working conditions that would improve patient experience. [Read More]

Feds Nab 91 Suspects in Medicare Billing Schemes Totaling $295M
An eight-city sweep by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force netted 91 suspects—including 11 doctors and two nurses—in various fraud schemes. More than 400 investigators from the Department of Justice, FBI, Health and Human Services, and state and local law enforcement agencies participated in the raids, federal authorities say. [Read More]

Brain Attack Coalition Strengthens PSC Guidelines
Hospitals should dramatically improve their Primary Stroke Center guidelines in 13 key areas to better care for 800,000 people in the U.S. who will suffer a stroke this year, says a group of experts dedicated to reducing stroke occurrence. [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]

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]

This Week's Headlines
Getting doctors to wash their hands
The New York Times, September 2, 2011

Florida's prescription-drug database launches
Orlando Sentinel, September 1, 2011

Trouble at Parkland raises questions about new Grady CEO
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 1, 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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