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'Informed Decision' May Irk Surgeons as it Cuts Costs, Improves Quality

Cheryl Clark

The notion of an informed shared medical decision made by patients advised by primary care physicians and others could hurt fee-for-service specialists' and hospitals' revenue by reducing volume. But it could greatly improve quality of care and the health of the healthcare dollar. >>>


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CA Nurses Sound Alarm Over Epic EMR System

Two nurses have approached the governing body of a California hospital with concerns about patient safety. The move stems from an incident in which one nurse claims that the facility's EpicCare EMR system's dosage recommendation for a heart medication "could have killed" a patient. >>>

Transfusion Refusal Poses No Risk in Cardiac Patients

Patients who refused blood transfusions on religious grounds and instead received pre-operative blood conservation measures before undergoing cardiac surgery did not have more complications than patients who did receive transfusions, a report finds. >>>

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. >>>

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. >>>

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." >>>

Overtime Ban a Victory for Bay State Nurses

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. >>>

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Marketing & Metrics—The Cleveland Clinic and Fairview Health Way

Date: Sept. 14, 2012, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Can you prove the value of your marketing efforts to your organization's bottom line? Learn how marketing leaders from Cleveland Clinic and Fairview Health Services capture, track, and measure the impact of their marketing programs to demonstrate ROI and better support organizational business objectives. Get proven strategies from industry leaders in a new interview-driven format, expanded Q&A, online forum, takeaway presentation, and 60-day post-event on-demand access. >>>

News Headlines

Hepatitis C outbreak may boost regulation bill

Newsday / Associated Press, August 16, 2012

Chronic crowding at Memphis VA hospital

Jackson Sun / Associated Press, August 16, 2012

MS official calls for restriction of some pain meds

The Clarion-Ledger, August 16, 2012

OH hospital successfully battles C. diff

USA Today, August 16, 2012

Having a resident in on surgery is safe, study says

Reuters, August 15, 2012

Hospital error reports up slightly in OR—and that's good news

The Oregonian, August 15, 2012

Hospitals treating poor hardest hit by readmissions penalties

Kaiser Health News, August 15, 2012

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

More Trauma Care Spending Doesn't Raise Survival Rates

HealthLeaders Media, August 13, 2012

MI hospitals curb use of costly, risky heart test

Detroit Free Press, August 10, 2012

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