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1 in 5 Nurses is Depressed

Alexandra Wilson Pecci

While depression can contribute to lowered productivity and workplace absenteeism, in nurses the symptoms can also jeopardize patient care. The root of the trouble is that nurses often don't recognize depression in themselves, says a report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. >>>


Editor's Picks

Care Coordination Advancing Slowly

While three-quarters of healthcare leaders are entering into collaborative care relationships, two-thirds say they are not initiating shared-savings programs with payers or providers to assume risks as part of an effort to reduce costs. >>>

Hospital-Acquired VTE Still a Leading Cause of Death

While a few hospitals are getting better at recognizing the importance of hospital-acquired venous thromboembolism prevention, the number of cases, and deaths, are not going down, two reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show. >>>

Reducing 30-day Readmissions, Simply

Hospital readmissions are costly, but simple care coordination programs are proving to be successful in achieving reductions. One proponent says care coordination does not require expensive equipment, "just a restructuring of personnel into teams and the creation and use of standardized care checklists." >>>

Value of Rural Hospitals Linked to ED Utilization

Healthcare leaders should be attentive to the role of rural hospitals in managing patient population health. At rural hospitals, emergency departments appear to have figured out how to compensate for the lack of primary care access. >>>

Healthcare Shows High Job Growth, Low Productivity

Healthcare, expected to create 5.6 million new jobs by 2020, is among the least productive sectors of the economy, says the lead author of a Georgetown University study. It projects that the demand for healthcare services will grow twice as fast as the national economy over the next eight years. >>>

NEW Breakthroughs Report

The Promise of Healthcare Analytics

Healthcare is rich in data. The challenge for healthcare organizations is to make sense of the morass of clinical, financial, and operational information generated. In this HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, four leading healthcare organizations—Brigham and Women's Hospital, St. Luke's University Health Network, Charleston Area Medical Center, and BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina—share insights and lessons learned. >>>

News Headlines

A viewer's guide to the SCOTUS healthcare ruling

Politico, June 26, 2012

University of Washington program tries to give rural medicine a boost

Idaho Statesman / Moscow-Pullman Daily News, June 26, 2012

AHIP: Gawande, Gladwell on Healthcare's Chauffeur Problem

HealthLeaders Media, June 25, 2012

AHA Rejects Proposed Readmission Penalties

HealthLeaders Media, June 25, 2012

Taxpayers increasingly foot bill for bariatric surgery

The Texas Tribune, June 25, 2012

Rare drug-resistant bacteria spotted in US hospital

US News & World Report, June 22, 2012

Layoffs hit Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center in Reno / Gannett, June 22, 2012

Ghost patients: Hospitals hold off admitting Medicare patients

ABC Action News, June 22, 2012

Trauma in the ER: Who covers the uninsured?

The LA Times, June 20, 2012

Geisinger, Merck team up to make sure patients follow doctors' orders

Philadelphia Inquirer, June 20, 2012

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WEDNESDAY Webcast: Prevent 30-Day Readmissions

Date: June 27, 2012 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Learn readmissions approaches that work from speakers at leading healthcare systems. 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. >>>

Breakthroughs Report: Strategic Solutions for the Readmissions Challenge

Successfully preventing readmissions requires many players to fill the gaps in the care continuum. In this HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, we examine how four leading health systems—Griffin Hospital, Parkview Health, Sarasota Memorial HealthCare System, and UPMC Hamot—are moving the needle. >>>

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Shaping Sustainable Cost Control

Successfully shifting from tactical to strategic expense reduction has become a healthcare industry imperative. >>>


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