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Feds Urge Cuts in Use of Anti-Psychotic Drugs for Seniors

Cheryl Clark

Medicare officials seek to reduce the off-label use of a handful of medications to subdue agitated seniors with dementia. The drugs are not only bad for patients—they can also trigger outcomes that hurt hospital reimbursement. >>>


Editor's Picks

Drug Shortages Taking 'Tremendous Toll'

A serious shortage of sedation drugs has anesthesiologists scrambling, and in some cases postponing or changing surgical procedures. In a few cases, patients have died because a needed medication wasn't available. >>>

Da Vinci Robot Surgical Risks Detailed

When something goes wrong after robotic surgery with the da Vinci surgical system, it's most likely due to co-morbidities in certain patients, not flaws in the robot's technology itself, researchers say. >>>

Thomson Reuters Names Top 100 Hospitals

This year's list of honored teaching hospitals and community hospitals shows a geographical shift, with a greater concentration of winners in Texas, Florida, and California. Rankings are based on comparative performance in 10 areas, including mortality, patient satisfaction, and readmission rates. >>>

Comparative Effectiveness Studies Explore Cancer, Trauma Care

Three studies in the Journal of the American Medical Association examine the benefits and harms of using Avastin for treating lung cancer, proton beam therapy for prostate cancer, and medical helicopters for transporting trauma patients. >>>

Slideshow: Meet the 2011 HealthLeaders 20

In our annual HealthLeaders 20, we profile individuals who are changing healthcare for the better. Some are longtime industry fixtures; others would clearly be considered outsiders. Meet them all in this image gallery.  >>>

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Date: April 24, 2012
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News Headlines

Cancer patients rarely speak up about care problems

Reuters, April 19, 2012

PA Hospital Changes Course, Now Pursuing Chapter 7

HealthLeaders Media, April 18, 2012

Interpreters in ER may help limit medical errors

Chicago Tribune / Reuters, April 18, 2012

MA hospitals promise openness, apologies

The Boston Globe, April 18, 2012

Tech Challenge Aims to Quash Readmissions

HealthLeaders Media, April 17, 2012

Closing the Nurse Safety Gap

HealthLeaders Media, April 17, 2012

Pharmaceutical Robotics Require Careful Assessment

Greg Freeman, April 16, 2012

Hospitals Scrutinize ACOs

HealthLeaders Media, April 16, 2012

Medicare moves to tie doctors' pay to quality and cost of care

The Washington Post, April 16, 2012

Are women less satisfied with hospital care than men?

The New York Times, April 13, 2012

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Rounds: Four Steps to Lasting Clinical Excellence from Henry Ford Health System

Date: May 1, 2012
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From HealthLeaders Magazine


The End of Us vs. Them

With economic incentives aligning for hospitals and physicians as never before, the need on both sides to dispense with blame has never been so critical. >>>


Pharmaceutical Robotics Require Careful Assessment


Hospitals Scrutinize ACOs

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