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Surgical Site Infections Persist, But Why?

Cheryl Clark

A physician researcher argues that there's little chance hospitals can consistently drive down infection rates to zero. That's because there are factors in play beyond a hospital's control, and scientists and doctors are clueless as to what those might be.  >>>


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HCAHPS Scores Show Wide Variation

Hospitals attribute wide variations in patient responses to the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers Systems survey to a number of factors, including hospital size and specialty, physical conditions within the hospital, and nurse-to-patient ratios. >>>

1 in 3 Medi-Cal Enrollees Delay Care on Cost Concerns

In what may be viewed as a national bellwether, a survey of Medi-Cal enrollees shows that one in five patients don't think the California Medicaid program provides access to high quality medical care and another 10% aren't sure. >>>

1 in 5 ED Patients Referred By Primary Care Doctors

A CDC survey finds that nearly four in five emergency department patients said they went there because they had nowhere else to go. The rest said they sought the ED because their primary care doctor sent them. >>>

Slideshow: Emergency Departments Focus on Flow

Patient flow is among the greatest challenges in the emergency department. Hospital leaders are strategizing to reduce congestion, cut wait times, and improve care coordination. View data from the most recent HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report in this slideshow. >>>

Five Hospitals Share Three Secrets to Improve Knee Surgery Outcomes

When surgeons at five healthcare systems shared their individual processes for 11,000 knee replacement operations, three best practices emerged that reduced lengths of stay, lowered readmission rates, and improved other outcomes for hospitals that embraced them. >>>

NEW LIVE Webcast

Medical Home—Prime Your Organization for Launch

Date: June 15, 2012 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Is establishing a medical home the right fit for your organization? Move beyond the buzz and learn from experts about the realities of assessing readiness and preparing for medical homes, including physician buy-in, transitioning, standardizing care regardless of payer restrictions, and reimbursement structure. Get the strategies you need in a customized webcast with a Q&A, an online forum, a takeaway presentation, and 60-day post-event on-demand access. >>>

News Headlines

IT could end up being health reform's highest hurdle

Politico, May 31, 2012

Experts question whether MA can reduce healthcare costs

The Washington Post, May 31, 2012

Hospital-at-home programs for intensive-care patients spread

USA Today, May 31, 2012

EHRs show no effect on diabetes care

Chicago Tribune / Reuters, May 31, 2012

Clinical goals drive paperless hospital's IT choices

InformationWeek, May 31, 2012

X-rays and iPads: The network healthcare evolution

Ars Technica, May 30, 2012

The Power of Plugged-In Physicians

HealthLeaders Media, May 25, 2012

When your doctor rushes like the Road Runner

NPR, May 25, 2012

Cancer doctors put competition aside to share treatment options

The Washington Post, May 25, 2012

Challenging Physicians to Help Improve the ED

HealthLeaders Media, May 24, 2012

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LIVE Webcast: Prevent 30-Day Readmissions

Date: June 27, 2012
1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Join us for readmissions approaches that work. You'll leave this interactive webcast with strategies to standardize care protocols for cardiac and pneumonia patients, improve federal funding for these initiatives, and assess and assign patient risk for readmission, including Medicare FFS patients. >>>

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ACO Blueprints: Options in Accountability

As the healthcare industry moves away from a transaction-based system, leading organizations are exploring accountable care models of various types. >>>


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