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Overtime Ban a Victory for Bay State Nurses

Alexandra Wilson Pecci

Organizations ranging from the American Nurses Association to the Institute of Medicine have called for a complete ban on mandatory overtime, arguing that it can lead to patient injury and even death. Now, after more than a decade of lobbying to halt the practice, nurses in Massachusetts are chalking up a win. >>>


Editor's Picks

Hospital Glucose Monitors Overlooked as Infection Source

A federal investigation into a hepatitis outbreak at a New Hampshire hospital uncovers an underappreciated potential source of infection in all healthcare organizations: risks around unsafe diabetes care. >>>

More Trauma Care Spending Doesn't Raise Survival Rates

Researchers find that the cost of treating trauma patients in the western United States is 33% higher than the cost of treating similarly injured patients in the Northeast. But the reasons for the price variance are not well understood, and "spending more doesn't always mean saving more lives," says the study's leader. >>>

Sentinel Alert on Opioids Spotlights Provider Misuse

Unintentional respiratory depression due to incorrect use of opioids in hospitals occurs in .5% of patients after surgery, according to a Joint Commission Sentinel Event Alert highlighting lack of providers' knowledge about potency differences and other risks. >>>

Doctors Caught Between Patient Pain, Prescriptions

Physicians are confronting states' tightening treatment requirements, while the federal government weighs the possibility of mandatory educational plans for doctors to deal with the "epidemic" of prescription drug abuse, particularly opioids. Not all doctors are happy about it. >>>

Exeter Hospital Tech Had 'Open Lesions'

A federal complaint survey details numerous drug safety and infection control lapses at the New Hampshire hospital and reveals that the technician at the center of a drug diversion investigation was "seen in the lab with open wounds." >>>

Rural Healthcare Eyes MA Reforms

Healthcare policy analysts are working to gauge the effects of a Massachusetts law meant to contain healthcare costs. It already appears that rural healthcare providers in the New England state stand to benefit specifically in at least a couple of areas. >>>

Intelligence Report

Patient Experience and HCAHPS—Little Consensus on a Top Priority

While 84% of health leaders rank "patient experience" among their top three priorities, less than half of them are making patient experience-specific investments. This original research and analysis, produced with support from Medseek, offers key insight from top healthcare executives, including new case studies from CaroMont Health, Gundersen Lutheran Health System, Inc., and Provena Health. >>>

News Headlines

Medicare to penalize 2,211 hospitals for excess readmissions

Kaiser Health News, August 14, 2012

Doctors fail to review tests before hospital discharge

Bloomberg Businessweek, August 14, 2012

Humble pager remains a lifesaver

HeraldNet, August 13, 2012

In ill doctor, a surprise reflection of who picks assisted suicide

The New York Times, August 13, 2012

IN hospital blames electronic records for rising ER waits

The Republic /, August 9, 2012

MA med society chief: Reform means patients have to change, too

WBUR, August 9, 2012

NY hospital's visitor policy improves quality of care

Times Union, August 9, 2012

8 ACOs worth a closer look

InformationWeek, August 9, 2012

To stent or not to stent, that is in question

ProPublica, August 9, 2012

Health professionals look inward to tackle obesity

The Baltimore Sun, August 8, 2012

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Rounds: Sustainable Patient-Centered Excellence—Lessons From Sharp HealthCare

Date: Sept. 5, 2012, 9:00–12:00 p.m. PT

Sharp HealthCare leaders reveal the secrets that have enabled them to turn their patient-centered care initiative into a sustainable program that's ingrained in the culture, improves outcomes, and grows stronger over time. By combining their Sharp Experience performance improvement initiative with the Planetree Patient-Centered Care Model, they have built an organization of sustainable patient-centered excellence like no other. >>>

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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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