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Hospital's Drug Diversion Nightmare Spawns Multiple Infections

Cheryl Clark

A small New Hampshire hospital has a big problem allegedly stemming from one clinical employee's drug problem. Now leaders at Exeter Hospital are dealing with a growing list of hepatitis C-infected patients, multiple government investigations, and at least three class action lawsuits. >>>


Editor's Picks


The Supreme Court Thursday upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act by a vote of 5 - 4. The individual mandate provision survives as a tax. HealthLeaders Media editor Joe Cantlupe reports from the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court building. >>>

Healthcare Reform Unstoppable, Regardless of Court's Decision

The Supreme Court's ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will be historic. But it won't change healthcare's economic reality: Reform is underway and must continue, regardless of how the Court rules, healthcare leaders say. >>>

AHA: Leapfrog 'Manipulated' Data

The head of the American Hospital Association charges that the methodology used by the Leapfrog Group to measure hospitals and assign patient safety grades is biased and flawed. Leapfrog's chief executive says the AHA's CEO is misinformed. >>>

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." >>>

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. >>>

AHA Rejects Proposed Readmission Penalties

In a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the American Hospital Association objects to several parts of the proposed Inpatient Prospective Payment System rule, saying federal officials "ignored Congress's intent" in drafting the regulations. >>>

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

Jury awards family $55M in Hopkins malpractice case, largest in state history

The Baltimore Sun, June 28, 2012

Overhaul of healthcare in VT arrives for cancer patients

Bloomberg BusinessWeek, June 27, 2012

Study: Hospital costs drop when infants treated better

The Hill, June 27, 2012

Doctor shortage raises rural C-section rate

Minnesota Public Radio, June 27, 2012

1 in 5 Nurses is Depressed

HealthLeaders Media, June 26, 2012

Medical Home's Payoff Comes From Effort and Technology

HealthLeaders Media, June 26, 2012

E-records linked to fewer malpractice claims

U.S.News & World Report, June 26, 2012

Healthcare Shows High Job Growth, Low Productivity

HealthLeaders Media, June 25, 2012

Rare drug-resistant bacteria spotted in US hospital

US News & World Report, June 22, 2012

Can a Doctor's Smartphone App Thwart Lawsuits?

HealthLeaders Media, June 21, 2012

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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. >>>


Reform in the Trenches


Creeping Toward Care Coordination

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