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Got What It Takes to Run a Safety Net Hospital?

John Commins

Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas is a critically important health system in need of a uniquely qualified leader. The 12-page spec sheet, created by executive recruiters, leaves no room for doubt. >>>


Editor's Picks

Medical Reasons for 'Weekend Effect' Elusive

A pair of studies supports the argument that patients admitted for trauma or surgery on a weekend are more likely to have poor outcomes than patients admitted on a weekday. Neither study, however, can identify a cause. >>>

Q&A: Parkland's Incoming Interim CEO on Problem Solving

Bob Smith, a retired Tenet Healthcare executive, takes the helm at Parkland Health & Hospital System next month, with the goal of helping the Dallas safety net hospital resolve a lengthy list of deficiencies that threaten patient safety and federal funding. >>>

Parkland Names Ex-Tenet Exec Interim CEO

Robert L. (Bob) Smith, a retired Tenet Healthcare executive, replaces Thomas Royer, MD, as the interim CEO of the Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas. The safety-net hospital is challenged by serious deficiencies that threaten patient safety. >>>

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. >>>

Must CMOs Always Be Licensed Physicians?

While many hospitals prize training in medical management, operational vision, and leadership ability over clinical skills, the American Medical Association and others maintain that a licensed physician should be chief medical officer. >>>

'Informed Decision' May Irk Surgeons as It Cuts Costs

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. >>>

Cloud Outage Highlights Pitfalls as Well as Promise

Cloud computing has too many advantages for healthcare leaders to pass up, but don't go in without a disaster recovery plan. Do get together with other hospitals and health systems to share resources without depending entirely on vendors. >>>

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. >>>

Having a resident in on surgery is safe, study says

When a surgeon-in-training takes part in an operation, the patient's risk of serious complications appears to be no greater than normal, a U.S. study finds. Looking at data on more than 60,000 surgeries done in the U.S. between 2005 and 2007, researchers found that when a resident was involved, just under six percent of patients had a major complication like severe bleeding or a serious post-surgery infection, such as pneumonia. The rate was the same for surgeries where no resident took part. >>>

New MA law changes malpractice procedures

Physicians and attorneys have both expressed support for the changes, saying they will help reduce unnecessary lawsuits and improve patient safety. The changes, which were included in high-profile legislation recently signed by Gov. Deval Patrick to reduce healthcare costs, include establishing a 182-day "cooling-off" period as both sides try to reach a settlement, requiring the plaintiff and defendant to exchange information and allowing healthcare providers to acknowledge making a mistake without it being used as an admission of liability. Additionally, it will increase the maximum amount of compensation for patients who are legitimately injured by a non-profit hospital and not a doctor or nurse from $20,000 to $100,000. >>>

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Date: Sept. 17, 1:00–2:30 p.m. (ET) Left unchecked, disruptive physicians do more than just create a negative work environment; they endanger patient care and can lead to million-dollar lawsuits and bad publicity. Our top experts will show you early intervention techniques and a range of effective resources that can help you reduce behavioral problems, retain star physicians, and create a healthier workplace. Register Today >>>

News Headlines

CA suing doctor over billing tactics

Los Angeles Times, August 20, 2012

FL pain clinic, doctors caught in federal pill mill probe

Palm Beach Post, August 20, 2012

Backus to join Hartford HealthCare System, expand services

The Hartford Courant, August 20, 2012

US not-for-profit hospitals' outlook negative

Reuters, August 17, 2012

The night the ER staff can never forget

The New York Times, August 17, 2012

Boston-area hospital bosses earn up to $3M

The Boston Globe, August 17, 2012

Mount Sinai Hospital sued for sex discrimination

ABC News, August 17, 2012

Nurses branching out beyond clinical settings

Florida Today, August 17, 2012

Opinion: Healthcare reform and the 'doctor shortage'

The New York Times, August 17, 2012

Hoag, St. Joseph form hospital partnership in CA

Los Angeles Times, August 16, 2012

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Webcast: Going Mobile—Defining Strategy and Establishing Metrics

Date: August 28, 2012, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET Mobile solutions provide new ways to serve patients, improve efficiency, and deliver greater value. Discover how Swedish Medical Center, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, and Mercy Health have built mobile strategies that advance their business goals and how you can too. 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. >>>

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