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CMS Reveals Central Line Infection Rates, Finally

Cheryl Clark

For the first time, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has added to its Hospital Compare website the rates of central line-associated bloodstream infections, or CLABSIs, for specific hospital intensive care units. >>>


Editor's Picks

Parkland Keeping Consultant's Analysis Under Wraps

Citing legal concerns, Parkland Memorial Hospital's board has decided not to release a consultant's report that details ongoing problems at the Dallas facility. But the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is expected to decide by Friday whether the gap analysis will be released to the public. >>>

Keeping Readmission Rates Low with Treatment Guidelines

Hospitals are developing treatment guidelines with the aim of reducing readmissions. At one facility, guidelines are both diagnosis-based and procedure-based, and are created by an interdisciplinary team with a physician champion. >>>

Will Paying Hospitals to Teach Each Other Get Results?

The Department of Health and Human Services believes that best practices, techniques, and solutions for obtaining higher levels of quality and safety among hospitals should be widely distributed. Ascension Health is in the vanguard, sharing what it knows about achieving clinical excellence. >>>

Emergency Surgery Needs Distinct Code Registry, Researchers Say

Oversight of emergency surgery might work better if it operated a lot more like how the national and regional trauma systems function, with their own separate patient registries, surgical researchers suggest. >>>

Impact Analysis Report


Value-Based Purchasing: Facing the HCAHPS Hurdle

New research finds that 25% of organizations have not yet begun preparing for VBP. Get additional data in this final report in a series of four from the inaugural HealthLeaders Media CFO Exchange, with analysis and insight from leaders at Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare, Hackensack University Medical Center, Piedmont Healthcare, Griffin Hospital, and Sharp Healthcare. >>>

News Headlines

FL hospitals brace for Medicaid-related cutbacks

Herald-Tribune, February 9, 2012

Some physicians not always honest with patients

Health Affairs Blog, February 9, 2012

Marketing Health Coach Services

HealthLeaders Media, February 8, 2012

Commonwealth Fund to Study Access to Healthcare

HealthLeaders Media, February 8, 2012

Payment Cuts to Critical Access Hospitals 'Inevitable'

HealthLeaders Media, February 8, 2012

Doctor discipline: MN fails to offer full disclosure

Star Tribune, February 8, 2012

Rethinking hospital readmissions

Marketplace / American Public Media, February 8, 2012

Hahnemann boosts use of RNs in bid to improve care

The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 8, 2012

Why do cardiologists often pass up safe, low-tech treatments for chest pain?

The Washington Post, February 7, 2012

Insurance lags on wound care

Minneapolis Star Tribune, February 6, 2012

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Date: March 29, 2012

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Outpatient Care Expansion Comes Under Scrutiny

Even the most ardent proponents of outpatient care say its pace of growth may slow, depending on a community's need for integrated care and specific demand for multidisciplinary approaches. >>>


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