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Infection Control on a Shoestring Budget

Alexandra Wilson Pecci

Nurses at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center led the charge toward reducing VAP and CLABSIs to nearly zero, using "very low-tech, cheap, easy, obvious kind of stuff." >>>


Editor's Picks

Providers, Payers Largely Favor PPACA Decision

The healthcare industry appears pleased with Thursday's majority Supreme Court decision to uphold most provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, even as it vows to work toward the repeal of provisions it still finds objectionable. >>>

Building a Top Cath Lab in 10 Not-So-Easy Steps

The interventional cardiology program at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York handles almost 20,000 cases per year with very low complication and mortality rates. Critical to the program's success is a set of 10 protocols captured in a 150-page book. >>>

Hospital's Drug Diversion Nightmare Spawns Multiple Infections

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. >>>

Physicians Need New Approach to Managed Care Contracts

The changing face of healthcare is resulting in more creative interaction between payers and providers. There is increasing talk about narrow networks, risk sharing, and information sharing. But smaller physician practices may not be a part of those narrow networks, and that could have a detrimental effect on acquiring optimal managed care contracts, says one expert. >>>

The Gap Between Skilled Healthcare Workers and Support Jobs

The U.S. healthcare workforce has haves and have-nots. Skilled technicians and healthcare practitioners enjoy two job openings for every qualified candidate. The reverse is true for candidates for healthcare support jobs, who lack opportunities for career advancement. The solution? Build a bridge for your support staff to qualify for vacant skilled positions. >>>

NEW 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. >>>

News Headlines

States May Opt Out of Medicaid Expansion, Court Rules

HealthLeaders Media, June 29, 2012

Patient engagement requires right IT tools

InformationWeek, July 3, 2012

MA healthcare may predict successes and challenges ahead for federal law

The Washington Post / Associated Press, July 3, 2012

Healthcare leaders: Ruling no cure for spiraling costs

Seattle Times, July 2, 2012

Local health providers prepare for changes in services, funding

The Richmond Register, July 2, 2012

AHA: Leapfrog 'Manipulated' Data

HealthLeaders Media, June 28, 2012

Lehigh Valley Health Network to settle nurses' lawsuit for $4.5M

The Express-Times, June 28, 2012

Healthcare patient data laws outdated, says Consumers Union

InformationWeek, June 28, 2012

Opinion: Limits on residents' work hours may adversely affect patient care

The Boston Globe, June 28, 2012

Study: Hospital costs drop when infants treated better

The Hill, June 27, 2012

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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. >>>

Rounds: Excellence in Cardiac Care—Elements of Success from The Mount Sinai Medical Center

Date: July 18, 12:00–3:00 p.m. ET
How do you balance the latest in advanced cardiovascular treatment with market growth? Join HealthLeaders Media and the cardiovascular team at The Mount Sinai Medical Center to learn how Sinai has reinvented one of the top cardiovascular enterprises in the country. >>>

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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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