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PPACA Whips Up Uncertainty for Hospitals

John Commins

Supporters of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act cannot deny that implementation of the sweeping reforms will be a daunting task that may, ultimately, fail. But many critics have provided no realistic alternatives to bending an unsustainable healthcare cost curve. >>>


Editor's Picks

Low HCAHPS Scores at Safety Net Hospitals Examined

On nearly every measure of the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Plans Survey patient experience questionnaire, safety net hospitals scored 5.6 percentage points lower than their non-safety net counterparts, a review of survey responses shows. Researchers offer two explanations for the disparity. >>>

Develop HIX Now, MD Official Urges States

States that sit idly waiting for the results of the November election before they commit to health insurance exchanges will face a "herculean effort" to establish their exchanges, says Maryland's lieutenant governor. >>>

U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals List Shifts Methodology

This year, the magazine's algorithm for determining hospital scores gives less weight to a facility's reputation and more weight to hospital data that is publicly available, such as information collected by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. >>>

CDC Links Injection Practices to Hospitalizations

Despite aggressive federal campaigns to educate providers about proper needle and syringe use practices, a Centers for Disease Control report documents 10 patients who were  hospitalized for bacterial infections after being injected with fluids from single-dose vials. >>>

Geriatric Care Model Centers on Nurse Leadership

The Nurses Improving Care to Healthsystem Elders program, which aims to add geriatric-specific resources to the nurses' practice, is built around advanced learning and nurse leadership. It could be an effective model for improving hospital quality and safety for older adults, a study suggests. >>>

To Cut Costs, Motivate Nurses, Take a Cue From Airlines

An online scheduling tool and a points-based rewards program helped a Georgia hospital resolve its ongoing staffing problems, cut nursing costs, and improve morale. >>>

News Headlines

Hospitals for poor may struggle further under healthcare reform

U.S.News & World Report, July 18, 2012

Medical groups to CMS: Slow down on dual eligibles

Politico, July 18, 2012

CBO says military healthcare costs could soar

The Washington Post, July 18, 2012

Top 12 reasons health providers pay too much for IT

Government Health IT, July 18, 2012

Lakota man sues SD hospital over surgical scars

San Francisco Chronicle / Associated Press, July 18, 2012

Bariatric Surgery Fails to Shrink Healthcare Costs

HealthLeaders Media, July 17, 2012

Reform may hit hospitals harder than insurance

Indianapolis Business Journal, July 17, 2012

When public beats private: Community clinics that reduce costs and improve care

The Atlantic, July 16, 2012

PPACA's Impact on Quality of Care Isn't Getting Its Due

HealthLeaders Media, July 12, 2012

ED Woes Bad Today, Worse Tomorrow

HealthLeaders Media, July 12, 2012

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Webcast: 4 Strategies to Transform Patient Experience

Date: July 26, 2012, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET
Don't aim for just a good patient experience; Build an exceptional, sustainable patient experience. Get proven strategies from executives at MemorialCare Health System and Fauquier Health and other industry leaders on how to tailor the message for specific departments, improve patient experience beyond the walls of the hospital—even how to sustain a patient experience transformation. >>>

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Refocus: Building the Best Physician Team

As hospitals move from a fee-for-service to value-based world, leaders are exploring how to create a physician team of generalists, specialists, and subspecialists to best meet the new needs of care.  >>>


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