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VA Finds Large Gaps in RN Telemetry Training, Retraining

Alexandra Wilson Pecci

Patient deaths at VA hospitals in Denver and New York City, as well as an overall indictment of nurse competency and processes at Veterans Health Administration facilities in general, are reminders of the critical need for not only training—but retraining—nurses. >>>


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Patient-Centered Care Redistributes Responsibility

A program that enables hospital patients to self-administer medications for chronic illnesses is testing old notions about care delivery and safety while creating a system of more efficient care. >>>

Hospital ED Wait Times Reveal Huge Variations

Responding to a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services pilot program, 74 hospitals from around the country posted median wait times for their EDs. Part of a transparency push, the data shows enormous variation—yet this could be the tip of the iceberg. >>>

Medicare's 'No-Pay' HAI Policy Reshifts Hospital Priorities

Hospitals have been bolstering efforts to avoid healthcare-associated infections in response to payment rules, but those efforts come at the expense of other quality endeavors, says a report from Harvard Medical School. >>>

CMS Plan Would Tie Efficiency Scores to Hospital Payments

Efficiency scores measure cost per Medicare beneficiary at acute care hospitals and could mean as much as $200,000 for every $1 million of incentive payments in the value-based purchasing pool. But some hospitals say the scores are neither fair nor accurate. >>>

How IPPS Proposed Rules Would Affect Quality Measures

The latest proposed rules for how federal payers would reimburse hospitals call for important changes in the way healthcare quality is measured—and should prompt quality leaders to consider refocusing their resources. >>>

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News Headlines

Healthways Puts Focus on Providers

HealthLeaders Media, May 8, 2012

Healthcare access to erode if law struck down, study says

Chicago Tribune / Reuters, May 8, 2012

Opinion: Why nurses need more authority

The Atlantic, May 8, 2012

Medical Director's New Role Includes 'Quality Monitor'

HealthLeaders Media, May 7, 2012

Healthcare Job Growth Slows in April

HealthLeaders Media, May 7, 2012

Patient's fear of being 'difficult' may hurt care

San Francisco Chronicle, May 7, 2012

Opinion: Hospital association "declares war" on patient empowerment

Forbes, May 7, 2012

Debate over who should be allowed to administer anesthesia moves to courts

The New York Times, May 3, 2012

Nurses staging walkouts at Sutter Hospitals

Bay City News, May 2, 2012

Strictly Speaking, Voice Recognition Technology Works

HealthLeaders Media, May 1, 2012

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Date: May 15, 2012
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Physicians, Hospital Executives Get Collaborative

Relationships between physicians and executive leadership have never been smooth, but they've never been more important. Now legislative and contractual changes are forcing both parties to reconsider how they work together. >>>


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