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Best and Worst Hospitals for 30-Day Mortality
Cheryl Clark, Senior Editor
Conversations with leaders of some of the best and worst hospitals that appear on Medicare's latest HospitalCompare spreadsheet reveal what they know, and what they do are doing, to affect 30-day mortality rates. [Read More]
September 15, 2011
Editor's Picks

3 Tech Tips for the Surgical Suite
A new HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs Report on high-performing surgical programs examines how four organizations are improving the role technology plays in building a surgical program that is not only efficient, quality-driven, and patient-centered, but also a financial success. [Read More]

CIED-Related Infections, Costs Rising
The use of cardiac implantable electronic devices is accompanied by an increase in device-related infections, especially for pacemakers. And the cost of treating those infections, length of stay, and mortality within 15 months of the procedure has been rising, researchers say. [Read More]

CMS Compromise Gives Parkland Reprieve
Parkland Memorial Hospital has agreed to bring in an outside consultant to craft a plan of improvement for the Dallas hospital, in hopes of protecting its $417 funding from Medicare and Medicaid. [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]

This Week's Headlines

Woman pleads not guilty to chemotherapy fraud charges
Washington Post / AP, September 14, 2011

Patient data posted online in major breach of privacy
The New York Times, September 9, 2011

MI to require doctors to file BMI reports on children, September 14, 2011

Misconduct in science
The Economist, September 12, 2011

New labels coming for osteoporosis drugs
Associated Press, September 12, 2011

Las Vegas doctor sues Medical Board over reprimand
Las Vegas Sun, September 13, 2011


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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