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Fisher: Readmission Problem Needs a Teaching Hospital Solution
Cheryl Clark, Senior Editor
In an interview, Elliott Fisher, MD, director of the Dartmouth Institute's Center for Population Health, puts the onus on academic medical centers to reduce hospital readmissions. Otherwise, he asks, "Where else are we going to do the research that allows us to improve the quality of care and lower its cost?" [Read More]
September 29, 2011
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Dartmouth Atlas: Readmission Rates Show 'Not Much Progress'
Hospital quality of care comes under scrutiny by Dartmouth researchers, who find wide variation in 30-day hospital readmission rates for six categories of patients. The rates have not gone down, and in some cases, have risen. [Read More]

Fake Doc Takes Physicians For A Ride
Federal authorities arrested a phony doctor who treated more than 1,000 people in two states and collected $1.2 million for the "care" he provided before trying to sell their health information. The scam could have been avoided, or caught earlier, if physicians had asked questions about the 30-year-old man who wore a white lab coat and claimed to be an allergy expert. [Read More]

HHS Introduces Coordinated Care Pilot for PCPs
The Department of Health and Human Services is recruiting private payers to participate in the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative, a four-year Medicare shared savings pilot aimed at primary care physicians. [Read More]

Patient Dies During Lockout in CA Nurses' Strike
A one-day strike involving more than 23,000 nurses at 30 California hospitals has turned ugly with labor groups blaming the death of a cancer patient on a mistake made by a strike replacement nurse. [Read More]

Intelligence Report: Physician Alignment: The Collaborative Care Disconnect
79% of leaders say physicians? support of collaborative care is mixed or unsure, according to this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report. Get the free report with exclusive research and analysis. [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]

This Week's Headlines

Healthcare law fight heads to Supreme Court
Los Angeles Times, September 29, 2011

CA hospital investigating death of discharged patient
The Press Democrat, September 28, 2011

Many docs feel they're delivering too much care
The Wall Street Journal, September 27, 2011

Berwick on CMS: 'Best job I've ever had'
The Boston Globe, September 26, 2011

20% of MA hospitals workers refuse flu shot
The Republican, September 27, 2011


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